Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei arrived at the Temple last week, and will stay through this Thursday morning. This week Sensei will offer daisan and lead Ango art presentations on Wednesday evening. Senior lay student Prabu Gikon Vasan will offer the talk on Sunday. On Saturday, Matt Angaku Dreyfus will present a full-day Iyengar Yoga workshop. Also this week, the Fire Lotus Knitting Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Ango Art Practice: Sharing Our Illuminated Journals: This Ango we have been offered the opportunity to fill pages of a journal with illuminations, in a daily practice of enjoyment and lively recording. On Wednesday, November 13th, 6:30-8:30pm, Hojin Sensei will lead a evening of book-in-hand sharing of these journals for everyone to behold and leaf through. Tea and light refreshments will be served. If you can share your illuminated journal, please rsvp to Hojin Sensei at zmmtrain@mro.org.  All are welcome to attend, including those not formally participating in Ango art practice. Please join us as we share our abundant wealth and engage together the art of noticing and live recording!
 
Open and Light - Creating Space in Body and Mind with Iyengar Yoga: On Saturday, November 16th, sangha member and Iyengar yoga instructor Matt Angaku Dreyfus will lead a yoga workshop from 10am-4pm. As winter approaches, spend a day exploring ways you can create a sense of space, ease, and well being through yogic postures and breathing practices, and learning how these practices can support the posture of seated meditation. Open to students of all levels and abilities. A light lunch will be served, or please feel welcome to bring your own or buy lunch in the neighborhood.
 
Needles Meeting in MId-Air: On Sunday, November 17th, 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.
 
Earth Initiative Meeting: Coming up next Wednesday, November 20th, the Earth Initiative will hold a monthly reading group and planning meeting. This month we'll take up the second chapter of David Loy's book Ecodharma, in anticipation of the author's visit on November 23rd, and we'll plan the EI's activities for the coming month. We will meet on the third floor, in the Temple library, 7:15-8:30pm, after the first period of evening zazen at 6:30pm. To receive a copy of this month's reading, please email Chris Saporita (chrissaporita@icloud.com).
 
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

November
13 Ango Art Presentations, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8pm
Everyone is invited to this evening gathering in which Ango participants will share illuminated journals created for Fall Ango art practice.
 
16 Open and Light: Creating Space in Body and Mind with Iyengar Yoga, with Matt Angaku Dreyfus, 10am-4pm
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.
 
27-30 Thanksgiving schedule
The Temple will close after morning zazen on Wednesday, November 27th, and will remain closed Wednesday evening and all day Thursday-Saturday, reopening on Sunday, December 1st, for the Sunday morning program.
 
December
6-7 Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil, with Hojin Sensei, Friday, 6:30-Saturday, 9am
The Temple's annual all-night period of deep sitting, commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. After a potluck dinner on Friday evening, informal zazen extends through the night, followed by a service and breakfast on Saturday morning.
 
14 Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind, with Vangeline, 10am-4pm
A body practice workshop in Japanese Butoh, a performance form characterized by deep investigation of impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. In the practice of butoh, mind is revealed through mindful repetition, physical engagement, transforming our shadow, and unveiling our most authentic selves.
 
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 Shugen Roshi, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for dokusan with Roshi.
 
 

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.)

This email was sent by: Zen Center of New York City: Fire Lotus Temple 500 State Street, Brooklyn NY 11217