Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei and Hogen Sensei will be at the Temple this week, both arriving on Tuesday, to offer daisan and co-lead the Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil on Friday-Saturday. On Sunday, Hogen Sensei will officiate a Jukai ceremony during the Sunday morning program. Mn. Hokyu will be here during the week as staff person. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Shugen Roshi at Union Theological Seminary: On Thursday, December 5th, 6:30-8pm, Shugen Roshi will offer a talk at Union Theological Seminary, Broadway at 121st Street, as part of Union's monthly Dharma Talk Series on Emptiness and Social Action. For more information, see the Union Theological Seminary website.
 
Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil: This weekend, Hojin Sensei and Hogen Sensei will lead the Temple's annual silent, all-night period of deep sitting commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. The vigil will begin on Friday, December 6th, 6:30pm, with a potluck supper, followed by the Vigil, 8:30pm through Saturday at 7am, ending with a light breakfast at 9am.
 
After he left the home in which he was raised, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with spiritual teachers across northern India in an effort to resolve his questions about life and death. But even after six years of ascetic practices, he remained unsatisfied. One evening, he remembered the simple joy he had experienced sitting at the foot of a tree as a child. He sat down at the base of a bo tree, took the zazen posture, and resolved not to rise until he had settled his questions. That morning, upon seeing the morning star, he realized annuttarasamyak-sambodhi, supreme perfect enlightenment.
 
At the Temple, we celebrate the Buddha's enlightenment with a Vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen, which Dogen Zenji called "the dharma gate of ease and joy." On Friday after a potluck supper at 6:30pm, we'll begin the Vigil at 8:30pm with introductory remarks and a renewal of our bodhisattva vows. Then we'll mark the Buddha's enlightenment by sitting together through the night into the next morning. In the spirit of hermitage practice, participants will be invited to sit or rest at their own pace. Green tea will be offered by Mn. Hokyu during the night. The Vigil can be joined until 11pm, when the doors will be locked until reopening the next morning at 5am. We will end with morning service at 7am, and then join together for a light breakfast when the silence will be lifted.
 
If you will be staying overnight, please contact the Temple in advance, so that we may prepare a place for you to sleep. It would also be nice to hear from you if you are planning to come to the potluck; we'd be happy to make suggestions for what to bring.  Please call 718-875-8229 or email zcnyc@mro.org. Hope you can join us for this beautiful evening of silent sitting with Dharma companions to celebrate the Buddha's awakening.
 
Jukai Ceremony: On Sunday, December 8th, as part of 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 be a participant in the ceremony, which will begin at 9:30am. 
 
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

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.
 
January
18 Zazenkai, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
25 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full day of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 

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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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