Dear Sangha,
 
This week Taikyo will be at the Temple as staff person, and Mn. Rakusan will offer the talk on Sunday. Also this week, the Earth Initiative will meet on Wednesday evening and the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Earth Initiative reading group: On Wednesday, July 10th, the Earth Initiative will host its monthly reading group and planning meeting. This month, we celebrate New York's passage of landmark climate change legislation (and our role in supporting it), and we'll discuss getting involved in the Northwest Earth Institute's Plastic EcoChallenge, and continue reading from the first chapter of NWEI's discussion course "Seeing Systems." We will have a few extra copies of the coursebook, or copies may be purchased from the NWEI website. We will meet on the third floor at 7:15pm, after the first period of evening zazen at 6:30pm.
 
Needles Meeting in MidAir: On Sunday, July 14th, the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet from 1-2:30. All are welcome: knitters and other needleworkers, women and men, beginner and experienced. Instruction will be available for beginners. Please bring whatever project you are working on..
 
Classical Qigong: Coming up next Saturday, July 20th, 10am-4pm, qigong instructor Paul Bloom will lead a workshop balancing the active movement of qigong with the stillness of zazen. This workshop will combine the Diamond Body and Seated Brocades in a concise daily practice for increased longevity and spiritual realization. Everyone is welcome; no previous experience necessary.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
 
 

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

July
14 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 Classical Qigong, with Paul Bloom, 10am-4pm
In this retreat, we will combine seated meditation with the 8 Brocades of Silk, practices for deepening awareness and sensitivity, transforming physical energy into creative energy, and ultimately moving into higher realms of spiritual illumination. Open to all ages and levels of health; no previous experience necessary.
 
27 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
August
3 Fearless Living, with Hogen Sensei, 10am-4pm
A day offering a space of ease and support to deepen inner freedom and break the spell of habit and cultural belief, and practices to inspire transformation of heart and mind for living fearlessly.
 
8 Precepts Mondo, with Hojin Sensei, 7-8:30pm
An evening mondo on the seventh grave precept: realize self and other as one; do not elevate the self and blame others. The monthly series of question-and answer sessions features MRO teachers facilitating open discussion on the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to Zen practice.
 
10 Zazenkai, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
17 Song of Zazen, with Shugen Roshi, 10am-4pm
An opportunity for close study and practice of The Song of Zazen, a powerful teaching of the great Zen master Hakuin Enkaku, through careful reading, chanting, and zazen itself.
 
18 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.
 
24 Half-Day Sit, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.

25 Sangha Gathering, with Hogen Sensei and Hojin Sensei, during the Sunday morning program
More information to come.
 
This evening seminar offers 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.
 
31 To See a Flower: An Exploration of Urban Eco-Printing, with Mn. Shoan, Ikyo Love, and Seiyu Lanaghan, 10am-4pm
A workshop on natural dyeing with organic materials, offering an opportunity to stop, look, and use the magical forms of flower petals and plant leaves growing in our neighborhood to create color and designs on cloth and paper.
 

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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