The Jizo Project: Creating a More Accesssible and Accomodating Refuge for Practice
June 9, 1:15 – 2:45
Zen Mountain Monastery Sangha House
“Students speak of wanting to continue to train throughout their lives. What a wonderful aspiration!” 
— Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Please join us on June 9 for the launch of the Jizo Project, an important initiative to make ZMM a more welcoming place of practice. At the meeting, Shugen Roshi and other members of the Jizo Project fundraising committee will share the Monastery’s ambitious plans to make significant and long-needed changes to our buildings and grounds, the centerpieces of which are: 1) the construction of a larger, modern new Jizo House, which will include end-of-life quarters for monastics as well as retreat housing; 2) the construction of a lift in the main Monastery building, from the ground floor to the zendo; and 3) other accessibility improvements.
 
We will also present the Monastery’s fundraising goals including how sangha may contribute to
bringing this vision to life. The whole event will be Livestreamed and archived for viewing that
day or at a later time. Click here to read our blog post about the Jizo Project.
Looking for a sitting group or MRO affiliate near you? Visit this web page where you'll find a list of groups run by Mountains and Rivers Order students. From Auckland, NZ to Burlington, VT; from Buffalo to British Columbia. There might just be a local sangha near you. And if you (or a practitioner you know) happen to live near Dayton or Findlay, Ohio and would be interested in joining a sitting group there, contact Amy Shoko Brown. Click here to email.
Important Dates for June
 
5/31 - 6/2           Introduction to Zen Training Weekend
6/1                     Zen Teens Program (1 - 4:00pm)
6/2                     MRO Board Meeting (1pm) Contact the Training Office if you are interested
                          in attending a board meeting as an observer.
6/7 - 6/9             The Four Immeasurables with Shugen Roshi
6/9                     Jizo Project Launch Event in the Sangha House (1:15-2:45pm)
6/13 - 6/16         The Fullness of Emptiness with Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel 
6/24 - 6/30         Summer Solstice Sesshin with Shugen Roshi and Hojin Sensei
 
 
 
Please don't let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery.
If you can't afford the program fee, there are options.
Sunday Morning Program
 
The Sunday Program is open to the public and offered every week of the year. If it's your first visit, you'll receive beginning instruction in zazen (Zen meditation) and an orientation to the Monastery.
  9am-noon: Liturgy, zazen, and dharma talk
  Noon-1pm: Lunch & clean-up
  Please arrive by 8:45am and plan to stay for the whole morning. $5 suggested donation.
 
Wednesday Evening Zazen
Beginning instruction in zazen is offered weekly except during sesshin. Please check our calendar to confirm or call the registrar to confirm.
  January-February: 6:30-8pm
  March-December:  7:30-9pm 
 

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