Dear Sangha,
 
Mn. Gokan will be at the Temple this week as senior staff person, and will offer a Zen Essentials seminar on Thursday evening, lead a Half-Day Sit on Saturday, and give Sunday's talk. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled zazen on
Saturday morning.) Also this week, the Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday
afternoon and the LGBTQ Tea Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Zen Essentials - Attachments and the Path to Liberation: On Thursday, October 24th, 7-9pm, senior monastic Bear Gokan Bonebakker will lead an evening seminar on the Buddha's teaching of the Four Noble Truths. In this seminar we will examine the teaching of dukkha, the fundamental nature of our deep dissatisfaction, and work toward a correct understanding of nonattachment, emptiness of self, and the Eightfold Path as the journey to awakening. There will be plenty of time for questions, and refreshments will be served.
 
Half-Day Sit: On Saturday, October 26th, Mn. Gokan will lead a Half-Day Sit from 8am-noon. These mornings of zazen amidst the sangha are a wonderful way to touch in with silence and stillness before heading off into the rest of your day.
 
Zen Kids: Also on Saturday, October 26th, the Zen Kids program will meet at the Temple from 2-4:30pm. Please bring a snack to have and to share, and please email Seijo (raeraenevins@gmail.com) if you plan to attend.
 
LGBTQ Tea Group: On Sunday, October 27th, the LGBTQ Tea Group will meet at the Temple from 1-2:30pm.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
Mn. Gokan in the orchard at Zen Mountain Monastery
 

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

October
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 self, and the Eightfold Path as the journey to awakening.
 
26 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
26 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 
27 LGBTQ Tea Group, 1-2:30pm
The LGBTQ Tea Group will meet at the Temple on Sunday afternoon.
 
31 Buddhist study session on the Third Noble Truth, with with Hogen Sensei, 7-8:30pm
The third of three study sessions for Fall Ango.
 
November
2 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
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.
 
7 Fusatsu, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8pm
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.
 
Spend a day exploring ways you can create a sense of space, ease, and well-being through Yogic postures and breathing practices. Open to participants of all level and abilities.
 
17 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.
 
23 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
23 Roundtable Discussion on Ecodharma, with David Loy, 4-6pm
David Loy, author of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis, will lead a roundtable discussion exploring how Buddhism can address our global ecological crisis, climate change, and the increasing degradation of the natural world. Limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Please register by November 15th.
 
23 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
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Please note: there will not be morning zazen on Saturday
 
Wednesday-Friday 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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