Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei will be at the Temple this week, arriving on Thursday to offer daisan, lead the Ango Art Practice presentations on Thursday evening, and give Sunday's talk. Kien will be here as staff person. On Saturday, Robert Een will visit the Temple to lead a workshop on Raising Voice. Also this week, the Zen Kids Progam will meet on Saturday afternoon, and the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Ango Art Presentations: On Thursday, May 16th, 6:30-8:30pm, Hojin Sensei will lead an evening of Ango art practice presentations by the sangha. This evening is a wondrous experience for everyone to share the expressions they have been working with this Ango on the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Please come at 6:30pm to be part of a creative audience or to present your work.
 
Raising Voice Workshop: On Saturday, May 18th, 10am-4pm, composer, singer, cellist, and teacher Robert Een returns to the Temple to present a full-day Raising Voice Workshop. The voice is a deeply personal expression of who we are. Yet until one shares it in the world - by raising one's voice - it remains hidden. This workshop is an invitation to explore the wide-ranging qualities of the voice - singing, chanting, speaking - as they directly relate to meditation, engaged mindfulness, and the powerful practice of being in the moment. Robert Een was a long-time collaborator with Meredith Monk and has himself toured and taught internationally. As many of us who have worked with him can attest, his workshops are an empowering and liberating experience. Please see the retreats website for more information and to register, or contact the Temple office if you have questions.
 
Zen Kids: Also on Saturday, May 18th, the Zen Kids program will meet at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at 2pm. We will gather at the entrance at 990 Washington Avenue, rain or shine; in case of rain, we plan to use the indoor spaces at the Garden. Please email Seijo (raeraenevins@gmail.com) if you plan to attend. Admission to the Garden is free for children under 12 and $15 for adults; Seijo has a limited number of guest passes to share.
 
Awakening to the Climate Emergency: Also on Saturday, May 18th, 11:30am-5pm, members of the MRO's Earth Initiative will join with the New York Insight Meditation Center (NYIMC) to participate in Awakening to the Climate Emergency, in connection with the Call to Declare a Climate Emergency and timed with Wesak, the annual observance of the Buddha's awakening. NYIMC is inviting the larger sangha to a live-stream webinar hosted by One Earth Sangha and featuring teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara (Sacred Mountain). This 90-minute webinar will focus on sharing resources, strategies, and outcomes as we mobilize together to take on the climate emergency. Guests will include Kristin Barker (One Earth Sangha), Jozen Gibson (Brooklyn Zen Centre, Awake Youth Project, Insight Meditation Society), Noliwe Alexandra (East Bay Meditation Center), Mark Ovland (Extinction Rebellion, UK Logistics), and Charity Kahn (San Francisco Insight), and will be followed by a community potluck and discussion. The event is free, but please register online. New York Insight is located at 28 W. 27th Street, 10th floor, NYC.
 
Needles Meeting in Midair: On Sunday, May 19th, 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.
 
The Rohingya Genocide: A Panel Discussion: Coming up on Tuesday evening, May 21st, at 6:30pm, Union Theological Seminary will host a panel discussion on the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Myanmar, as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been brutally attacked and forced off their land by government troops with the support of Buddhist nationalists.
 
The evening's conversation will focus on causes and conditions of the crisis along with the role that Buddhist laity and monastic communities have played in the rhetoric and violence. The purpose of the gathering is to bring a better understanding to the situation and identify compassionate ways of seeking justice and delivering relief to those suffering.
 
The discussion is being organized by the Buddhist Action Coalition, a group of New York City-area Buddhists of various traditions and is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York. The event is free and open to the public. Please register and reserve your tickets online.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
Robert Een at Fire Lotus Temple
 

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

May
16 Ango Art Practice Presentations, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8:30pm
Everyone is invited to this session in which Ango participants will share their creative expression of Manifesting Buddha.
 
18 Raising Voice Workshop, with Robert Een, 10am-4pm
An invitation to explore the wide-ranging qualities of the voice - singing, chanting, speaking - as they directly relate to meditation and engaged mindfulness.
 
18 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at 2pm. We will gather at the 990 Washington Avenue entrance, rain or shine. Please email Seijo (raeraenevins@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.
 
19 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.
 
25 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
An evening seminar examining the Buddha's teaching on the Four Noble Truths, starting with dukkha, the fundamental nature of our deep dissatisfaction, and working toward a correct understanding of non-attachment, emptiness of the self, and the Eightfold Path as the journey to awakening.
 
June
1 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Particiipants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
6 Precepts Mondo, with Hogen Sensei, 7-8:30pm
An evening mondo on the fifth grave precept: proceed clearly; do not cloud the mind. This series of monthly question-and-answer sessions features MRO teachers facilitating open discussion on the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to Zen practice.
 
6-8 Open Sky, with Hogen Sensei, June 6, 6pm-June 8, 5pm
A zazen intensive with no formal schedule, offering participants an opportunity to integrate formal practice and everyday life. Participants must commit to at least four hours of zazen at the Temple on both Friday and Saturday, and must attend the beginning and ending of the retreat. Open to anyone who practices regularly at the Temple or Monastery.
 
16 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.
 
22 Aging and Awakening to Our Life, with Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson, 10am-4pm
An experiential workshop, offering an opportunity to examine our fears and envision how the latter part of our life can blossom into a time of reflection and awakening.
 
29 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
29 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 

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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