Dear Sangha,
 
Mn. Gokan will be senior staff person at the Temple this week, and will lead a Zen Essentials seminar on Thursday evening, and offer Sunday's talk. On Saturday Paul Bloom will visit the Temple to lead a full-day qigong workshop. Also this week, the Earth Initiative will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Zen Essentials - Practicing Your Life at Home: On Thursday, February 14th, 7-9pm, senior monastic Bear Gokan Bonebakker will lead an evening seminar exploring issues that arise in lay practice at home, including time and schedules, setting priorities, and the importance of being both consistent and flexible. We will  examine relationships with intimate partners, children, parents, and other family, friends, and strangers, how relationships can both challenge and strengthen our practice, and how practice can positively influence these relationships. There will be plenty of time for questions, and refreshments will be served.
 
The Essentials of Zen seminars offer an opportunity to work informally with MRO seniors and teachers.They are particularly geared toward those newer to practice, but are open to all practitioners. 
 
Using Classical Qigong in Your Daily Physical Practice: On Saturday, February 16th, 10am-4pm, qigong instructor Paul Bloom returns to the Temple to lead a full-day workshop on using qigong to create a strong and stable foundation of energy in body/mind for spiritual growth. These classical qigong practices, combined with meditation, promote circulation of body/mind energy, a youthful vigor, and a pure heart. Video links and a free Skype session will be offered to help participants create their own practice. This workshop is open to people of all levels of health and experience.
 
Caring for the Oysters: The MRO Earth Initiative is participating in the Billion Oyster Project, a grassroots effort to help reestablish thriving oyster beds in the waters around New York City, and we'll be checking on our oysters on Sunday, February 17th, at 1:30pm, at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We'll meet at the Ample Hills Creamery, then go pull our oyster basket up, measure and weigh the oysters for any growth, and examine what other beings are living with the oysters. All are welcome. If you'd like to travel together from the Temple, we'll leave from there at 1:00pm.
 
Theatre of the Oppressed: 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, see 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 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
 
 

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

 

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
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.
 
17 Caring for the Oysters, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1:30pm
The MRO Earth Initiative will be checking on our oysters at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We will leave from the Temple at 1:00pm and meet at Ample Hills Creamery at 1:30pm.
 
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

 
Wednesday-Saturday 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-Saturday 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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