Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei arrived at the Temple last week and will stay for the next two weeks, through Sunday, March 24th.  This week, Sensei will offer daisan, lead a Fusatsu on Thursday evening and the Miraculous Display retreat on Saturday, and offer Sunday's talk. Mn. Yukon will be here as senior staff person. Also this week, the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Fusatsu: On Thursday, March 14th, 6:30-7:30pm, Hojin Sensei will lead a Fusatsu during evening zazen. 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. 
 
Miraculous Display: On Saturday, March 16th, 10am-4pm, Hojin Sensei will lead a full-day creative expression retreat, exploring the practice of meeting ourselves with loving attention, cultivating inquisitiveness and wonder, and tasting the possibility of direct, spontaneous, alive responses. Creative expression can open a door to deepening trust in our lives. As we attune to how the visible and invisible can work together to produce the miraculous, beautiful shapes are born out of silent space. All are welcome to attend, and creative media will be supplied. No previous experience is necessary, as we will all be beginning together.
 
Needle Meeting in Mid-Air: On Sunday, March 17th, the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet from 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.
 
Can you offer a ride to the Monastery? If you need a ride or can offer a ride to Zen Mountain Monastery, see the RideShare Program on the Monastery's website. Rides from the city to the Monastery are often requested, so if you are driving and can take a passenger, please sign up. Thank you!
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
Hojin Sensei
 

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

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March
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 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.
 
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.
 

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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