Dear Sangha,
 
Mn. Gokan will be at the Temple for the Sunday morning program, and will offer the talk. Also this week, sanga members will participate in the Black Friday Meditation Rebellion in New York City, and the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Thanksgiving schedule: Please note that the Temple will close after Wednesday morning zazen and remain closed Wednesday evening and all day Thursday-Saturday, November 28th-30th, reopening on Sunday, December 1st, for the Sunday morning program.
 
Black Friday Meditation Rebellion: On Black Friday, November 29th, people will join together in New York City in the name of the moral imperative of our time: the climate and ecological crisis. Continuing in the long and vibrant lineage of nonviolent civil disobedience in this country and around the world, Extinction Rebellion NYC is organizing a mass sitting meditation in loving, but fierce, disruption of business as usual. This meditation will be part of actions throughout the city led by local neighborhood groups. You may contact Dan Donohue for more information (djd007nyc@gmail.com) or sign up online for the Black Friday Meditation Rebellion.
 
What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group: On Sunday, December 1st, 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. 
This will be a visioning meeting in which we will discuss the development of the group over the past few years, future development, how we can incorporate the MRO's Beyond Fear of Differences values into our work, and more. If you have attended or have been interested in the group, please come and share your thoughts!
 
Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil: Coming up next Friday and Saturday, December 6th-7th, Hojin Sensei and Hogen Sensei will lead 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 will extend through the night, followed by a service and breakfast on Saturday morning.
 
Jukai Ceremony: And coming up next Sunday, December 8th, during the Sunday morning program, Donna Nicolino will receive the sixteen Bodhisattva precepts in a ceremony called Jukai, with Hogen Sensei as preceptor. These vows of the Bodhisattava are part of Donna's ongoing path of practice and training. Please feel welcome to participate in the ceremony, which begins at 9:30am. 
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
Sangha members at the Global Climate Strike in New York City, 2019 September
 

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
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 and Hogen 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.
 
8 Jukai Ceremony, with Hogen Sensei, during the Sunday morning program
Donna Nicolino will receive the sixteen bodhisattva precepts in a ceremony called Jukai, with Hogen Sensei as preceptor. These vows of the Bodhisattva are part of Donna's ongoing path of practice and training. Please feel welcome to participate in the ceremony, which begins at 9:30am.
 
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

 
 
Please note: there will not be morning zazen on Thursday-Saturday or evening zazen Wednesday-Saturday
 
Wednesday 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 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