Here at the height of our fall ango training period, there are a number of upcoming programs for the body and mind that you won't want to miss. First is a Qigong retreat, led by Sifu Pragata Blaise, a French-born modern master. Pragata has studied healing and meditation techniques for many years in India and China, most notably with Shaolin arts Grandmaster Wong Kiew Wit. Qigong (or "energy work") is a form of meditation in movement and is practiced by most of the monastics and residents here at Zen Mountain Monastery. See below for more details.
 
Another standout this fall is a special retreat with Rebecca Li, a student of the late Chan Master Sheng Yen. Rebecca will be leading a weekend program on the Four Noble Truths, which happens to be the theme of our fall ango.
 
Read on for a complete listing of activities taking place this month and into November.
Jizo Project Update
Fundraising for the Jizo Project is progressing well!  Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have raised $1,184,000 of our $1.2 million goal.
 
We still need to raise $16,000 to fully fund this important initiative to make Zen Mountain Monastery a more accessible and accommodating refuge for practice.  If you haven't donated yet, or would like to make an additional gift, please visit our Jizo Project webpage.  
 
The webpage provides a detailed description of the project including our updated building plans and schedule. 

Thank you for your support!
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Important Dates for October
 
10/3                  Buddhist Studies Session on Right Understanding, with Shugen Roshi (7:30pm)
10/4 - 10/6        Introduction to Zen Training Weekend (This retreat is currently full.)
10/5                  Zen Teens
10/10 - 10/13    Ango Intensive: Seven Factors of Awakening with Shugen Roshi
10/13                Zen Kids / Zen Tweens (9am - 12pm)
10/13                Diamond Net committee meeting (1:30pm)
10/13                Memorial Service for Jeannette Choho Ludwig (2pm)
10/17                Buddhist Studies Session on Right Thought, with Shugen Roshi (7:30pm)
10/18 - 10/20    Qigong for Health & Vitality, with Sifu Pragata Blaise
10/21 - 10/27    Harvest Sesshin with Shugen Roshi, Hojin Sensei, and Hogen Sensei                  
10/27                Dharma Encounter, part of the Sunday morning program
10/31                Hungry Ghost Ceremony (7-9pm) - call the Monastery for more info
 
Formal Ango Participants
Please check meeting times for Sangha Practice Group Zoom Meetings as they have been updated since the Ango mailing.
 
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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