Dear Sangha,
 
Kien will be staff person at the Temple this week, and the talk on Sunday will be offered by senior lay student Patrick Yunen Kelly. This Saturday, we will have a Half-Day Sit in the morning, and an afternoon workshop presented by Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled zazen on Saturday morning.) Also this week, the Zen Kids program will meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Half-Day Sit: On Saturday, February 23rd, the Temple will offer a Half-Day Sit from 8am-noon. These mornings of zazen amidst the sangha are a wonderful way to touch in with stillness and silence before heading off into the rest of your day.
 
Theatre of the Oppressed: And on Saturday afternoon, 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.
 
Zen Kids: Also on Saturday, February 23rd, the Zen Kids program will meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the many Buddhas in the Asian Art wing. Please meet in the lobby, to the left of the entrance, at 2pm. Admission to the museum is pay-what-you-wish for New York State residents; the museum will ask to see ID to confirm state residency. Please email Seijo (raeraenevins@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.
 
Sesshin at Fire Lotus Temple, March 7th-10th: We are pleased to bring Sesshin back to the Temple!
Hogen Sensei will lead next month's Sesshin, which will be a great way to begin our Spring Ango practice in the City. Characterized by silence, deep introspection, and the strength of the sangha practicing together, Sesshin is for anyone interested in intensifying their experience of zazen and Zen training within a community of practitioners and with the guidance of a teacher. Participants will sleep overnight at the Temple and engage in a full-day schedule of zazen, liturgy, oryoki (formal meals), work practice, and daily Dharma talks. Daisan (face-to-face teaching) with Hogen Sensei will be offered to all participants. Monastic staff will be present and will assist with training. 
Please note that this Sesshin may be joined on either Thursday or Friday, and extends through the Sunday morning program.
If this is your first Sesshin within the MRO, please call the training office (718-875-8229) to set up a pre-registration interview. A senior training staff person will review the Sesshin schedule with you, ask about your meditation experience, and assist you in preparing for Sesshin.
Please contact the training office with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
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
 
 
Photo: Stephanos Koullias
 

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
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.
 
23 Zen Kids, 2pm, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Zen Kids program will meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the many Buddhas in the Asian Art wing. Please meet in the lobby, to the left of the entrance, at 2pm. Admission is pay-what-you-wish for New York State residents; the museum will ask to see ID to confirm state residency. Please email Seijo (raeraenevins@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.
 
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.
 
March
2 Mind-Body Bridging, with Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei, 10am-4pm
A retreat on cultivating skills offered by Buddhist psychology and Zen practice for awareness of the mind-body state, recognizing sources of disharmony, and maintenance of balance and harmony.
 
7-10 Sesshin, with Hogen Sensei, Thursday, 5pm-Sunday, 12:30pm
This silent zazen intensive is identical in schedule and form to sesshin at the Monastery, including daily oryoki, talks, and face-to-face teaching. Sesshin may be joined on Thursday or Friday. First-time sesshin participants should contact the training office before registering.
 
10 Spring Ango Opening, with Hogen Sensei
The Spring Ango training period opens at Fire Lotus Temple with a talk by Hogen Sensei during the Sunday morning program. A community lunch and a presentation by the Beyond Fear of Differences planning group will follow the talk. Ango programs are open to all; for more information, see the Ango website or contact the Temple training staff.
 
Please join us to hear about the ongoing work of the MRO's Beyond Fear of Differences planning group in assessing the Order's practices and building a framework for transformation and growth. We want to hear from you about your vision for a more inclusive sangha, and we will provide details on opportunities to take part in future BFoD work.
 
14 Fusatsu, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-7:30pm
Fusatsu, or "Renewal of Vows," is a ceremony based on the teachings of the Buddhist precepts. It includes liturgy and a talk by the officiant, each focusing on the moral teachings of the Buddha.
 
16 Miraculous Display, with Hojin Sensei, 10am-4pm
Creative expression can open a door to deepening trust in our lives. As we attune to how the visible and invisible work together to produce the miraculous, beautiful shapes are born out of silent space. No previous experience in creative expression or meditation is needed. Creative media will be provided.
 
17 Needles Meeting in Mid-Air: Fire Lotus Knitting Group, 1-2:30pm
All are welcome: knitters and other needleworkers; women and men; experienced and beginner. Instruction will be available for beginners. Please bring whatever project you are working on.
 
20 Precepts Mondo, with Hojin Sensei, 7-8:30pm
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 Zen practice.
 
23 Women of the Way Zazenkai,with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive, open to those who identify as women. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hojin Sensei.
 
An evening seminar offering practical guidance in understanding work from the perspective of Buddhist teachings and the Precepts. We will examine subjects such as money, success and failure, stress, competition and ambition, working with people, and Buddhist ethics.
 
30 Half-Day Sit, with Mn. Gokan, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
30 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 

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Please note: there will not be morning 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-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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