Dear Sangha,
 
Shugen Roshi will visit the Temple this week, staying from Thursday evening zazen through the Sunday program. During the the week, Roshi will offer dokusan, lead the Precepts Mondo on Thursday and the Zazenkai on Saturday, and offer Sunday's talk. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled morning or evening zazen on Saturday.) Hokyu will be here this week as staff person. Also this week, the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Precepts Mondo: On Thursday, February 7th, 7-8pm, Shugen Roshi will offer a mondo on the Buddhist precepts. The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This series of Q&A-style monthly mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussion about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to Zen practice.
 
Zazenkai: On Saturday, February 9th, Shugen Roshi will lead a Zazenkai from 8am-6pm. This full day of extended sitting includes oryoki lunch, a talk, and dokusan with Roshi. Please note that registration for this Zazenkai is full. To be added to the waiting list, please contact the training staff at 718-875-8229 or zcnyc@mro.org.
 
What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group: On Sunday, February, 10th, the What is Whiteness? Group will meet from 1-2:30pm. This group is an opportunity for those who identify as white to take responsibility for racism by looking deeply at our own conditioned biases and assumptions. We use the skills learned in our Zen practice to work with the feelings that arise, and engage in readings and deep listening, supporting each other in this process.
 
Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop: Coming up on Saturday, February 23rd, 2-4pm, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) will visit the Temple to present a workshop in which theatrical problem solving merges with transformative action in interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles. To find out more, visit the TONYC website.
 
Spring Ango Opening: Coming up on Sunday, March 10th, Spring Ango will begin at Fire Lotus Temple with an opening talk by Hogen Sensei during the Sunday program. Following the Sunday program, everyone is invited to stay for lunch and to participate in a forum presented by the MRO's Beyond Fear of Differences planning group. Spring Ango is the MRO's March-May period of intensive training. A full schedule of Ango retreats and other programs will offered at the Temple, starting with a four-day Temple Sesshin, March 7-10. These programs are open to all, including those not formally participating in Ango. For more information about Ango training, see the MRO's Ango website, or contact the Temple training staff.
 
Beyond Fear of Differences Sangha Forum: Also coming up on Sunday, March 10th, 1-3:30pm, following the Temple's Spring Ango opening, please join us as we gather together to hear about the ongoing work of the MRO's Beyond Fear of Differences (BFoD) group. BFoD has been meeting and working tirelessly since the summer of 2017 to critically assess the Order's practices and to build a framework in which the entire sangha can participate in fostering transformation and growth. We want to hear from you about your vision for a more inclusive sangha. We will also provide details on opportunities to take part in future BFoD work.
 
Temple Residence Opportunities Available: The Temple will have openings in March for new short or long term residents. The residency program is designed to support lay practitioners living in a spiritual community and engaging in traditional Zen training, while maintaining outside work and other responsibilities. Residency is open to all practitioners, including MRO students and those who are not formal students. If you have questions or would like to apply for residency, please contact the training staff at 718-875-8229 or zcnyc@mro.org.
 
Please label your student robe: If you keep your student robe at the Temple, please label it with your name. As the robe room and coat room have limited space, all student robes, oryoki bowls, and other personal items stored in these areas should be clearly identified. Pens are available at the Temple for labeling. Please note that after Sunday, February 24, unidentified items may be removed or made available for use by residents. Thank you! .
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

MRO Beyond Fear of Differences planning group

 

For program information and registration, please see ZCNYC Retreats on the ZCNYC website 

Have a question? Contact us at (718) 875-8229 or zcnyc@mro.org

U p c o m i n g   E v e n t s

February
7 Precepts Mondo, with Shugen Roshi, 7-8pm
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This series of monthly question-and-answer mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussion about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.
 
9 Zazenkai, with Shugen Roshi, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for dokusan with Roshi. Please note that registration for this Zazenkai is full. To be added to the waiting list, please contact the training staff at 718-875-8229 or zncyc@mro.org.
 
This group is an opportunity for those who identify as white to take responsibility for racism by looking deeply at our own conditioned biases and assumptions. We use the skills learned in our Zen practice to work with the feelings that arise, and engage in readings and deep listening, supporting each other in this process.
 
An evening seminar exploring some of the practical issues arising from practicing at home. such as time and schedules, setting priorities, the importance of being both consistent and flexible, and the practice of relationships with family, friends, and others.
 
A full-day workshop on classical Qigong practices for creating a total circulation of energy in Body/Mind, a youthful vigor, and a pure heart. These practices can be done by people of all levels of health and experience.
 
23 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
A two-hour interactive workshop in which theatrical problem solving merges with transformative action in interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles. Find out more from the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) website.
 
27 Earth Initiative Reading Group, 7pm, after the first period of evening zazen
All are invited to join the Earth Initiative's monthly reading group, taking up the relationship between Dharma, practice, and skillful action to heal and sustain the Earth. For this meeting, we will read an excerpt from a book by David Loy and work with Project Drawdown. More information to come.
 

Z a z e n   S c h e d u l e   f o r   t h i s   W e e k

 
 
Please note: there will not be morning or evening zazen on Saturday
 
Wednesday-Friday Morning

6:30 - 6:55 am -- Morning Zazen (Please be seated in the zendo no later than 6:25.)

6:55 - 7:05 -- Kinhin - Walking Meditation

7:05 - 7:30 -- Zazen

7:30 - 7:50 -- Morning Service
 

Tuesday-Friday Evening

6:30 - 7:05 pm -- Evening Zazen (Please be seated in the zendo no later than 6:25.)

7:05 - 7:15 -- Kinhin - Walking Meditation

7:15 - 8:00 -- Zazen & Four Vows
 

Sunday Morning Program

8:30 am -- Caretaking Practice 

You are invited to come early and help prepare the Temple for Sunday services. 

9:30 am - 12:30 pm -- Liturgy, zazen & dharma talk followed by refreshments with the sangha.

(Beginning instruction in zazen is offered to those who are new to the Temple.)

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