Dear Sangha,
 
Hogen Sensei arrived at the Temple last week, and will stay through this Sunday. This week, Sensei will offer daisan, lead a Buddhist study session on Thursday evening, a Saturday retreat on the Noble Eightfold Path, and a Fusatsu during the Sunday morning program, and will give Sunday's talk. Hokyu will be here as staff person. Also this week, the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group and the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Buddhist Study Session: On Thursday, September 12th, 7-8:30pm, Hogen Sensei will lead the first of three Ango study sessions. This session will focus on the First Noble Truth.
 
 
The Noble Eightfold Path: On Saturday, September 14, 10am-5pm, Hogen Sensei will lead a full-day workshop on our Fall Ango theme. We will explore each article of the Eightfold Path and look at their relationships to each other, to the Eight Gates of Zen, and to the ten values guiding our Beyond Fear of Differences work. The study of the Noble Eightfold Path can illuminate all aspects of our Ango commitments. Utlimately, it shows us what we need to focus on in our practice, and how to unify the formal elements of our practice with our overall approach to life.
 
Fusatsu: On Sunday, September 15th, Hogen Sensei will lead a Fusatsu during the Sunday morning program. 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.
 
What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group: Also on Sunday, September 15th, the What is Whiteness? Group will meet from 1-2:30pm. 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.
 
Needles Meeting in Mid-Air: And also on Sunday, September 15th, the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet from 1-2:30pm. 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.
 
Global Climate Strike: Youth have called for a global climate strike to bring attention to our climate emergency and demand a swift and just transition to a sustainable world. As Buddhists we understand the earth is our body and support youth in their call for climate justice. Ways to plug in:
  • Next Friday, September 20th:
    • 6:25am: morning zazen and breakfast at Fire Lotus Temple
    • 9:15am: meet at Fire Lotus Temple to travel together to the Buddhist Action Coalition event
    • 10:00-10:10am: meet at the east side of Warren and Broadway, near the R/W City Hall subway station
    • 10:30am: Buddhist Action Coalition event at City Hall Park
    • 12 noon: Youth Climate Strike begins at Foley Square
  • Sign up or get more information: contact Ishin (lornalmason@gmail.com or 917-617-0934)
 
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Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
Sangha news
 
On Sunday, September 29th, at 1:30pm, Shugen Roshi will explore the Beyond Fear of Differences Ten Values with the Diamond Net group in the Sangha House Performance Hall at Zen Mountain Monastery. Everyone is inivited to attend, or contact diamondnet@mro.org for a remote Zoom login.
 
 
 

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

September
12 Buddhist Study Session: First Noble Truth, with Hogen Sensei, 7-8:30pm
The first of three study session for Fall Ango. The second will be a mondo during the Sunday morning program, October 13th, and the last study session will be on Thursday evening, October 31st.
 
14 Noble Eightfold Path, with Hogen Sensei, 10am-5pm
A full day retreat exploring our Fall Ango theme. In this workshop, we'll explore each article of the Noble Path and look at their relationship to each other, the Eight Gates of Zen, and to the 10 values guiding our Beyond Fear of Differences work.
 
15 Fusatsu, with Hogen Sensei, during the Sunday morning program
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.
 
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.
 
15 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.
 
21 Zazenkai, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
28 Half-Day Sit, with Mn. Shoan, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
28 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Sunday 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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