Dear Sangha,
 
Kien will be at the Temple this week as staff person. On Saturday, the Temple will offer a Half-Day Sit. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled morning zazen on Saturday.) Also this week, the Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon, and the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group will present a screening of the film 13th on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Half-Day Sit: On Saturday, January 25th, we will have a Half-Day Sit from 8am-12noon. 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, January 25th, 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.
 
Film Screening: 13th: On Sunday, January 26th, at 1:15pm, everyone is invited to join the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group as we examine the role of our prison system in perpetuating systemic racism. Ava DuVernay's thought-provoking film 13th explores how the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery except as punishment for a crime, and how this laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of black men. A facilitated discussion will follow the film. Please join us; refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Dojaku (itsallgarden@gmail.com or 347-727-8865).
 
Qigong: Embracing the Cold and Transforming it to Vitality: Coming up next Saturday, February 1st, Paul Bloom returns to the Temple to lead a qigong workshop from 10am-4pm. This workshop offers practices to warm up, strengthen the body, and prevent illness, giving particular attention to the kidneys and spine. Done in the context of zazen, this work creates a Body/Mind that is strong, conscious, and stable, so that we can embrace the fearful coldness of winter and transform its power to positive energy. Everyone is welcome!
 
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

January
25 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
25 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 
26 Film Screening: 13th, 1:15pm
Everyone is invited to join the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group as we examine the role of our prison system in perpetuating systemic racism. Ava DuVernay's thought-provoking film 13th explores how the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery except as punishment for a crime, and how this laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of black men. A facilitated discussion will follow the film. Please join us; refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Dojaku (itsallgarden@gmail.com or 347-727-8865).
 
An evening seminar exploring common challenges encountered by Zen students, and how meeting challenges with wisdom, honesty, skillfulness, and compassion can help us move deeper into our practice.
 
February
A full-day workshop on qigong practices to prevent illness, warm up, and strengthen the body. These practices will give particular attention to the kidneys and spine.
 
2 LGBTQ Tea Group, 1-2:30pm
The LGBTQ Tea Group will meet at the Temple on Sunday afternoon. 
 
15 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
29 Half-Day Sit, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
29 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.

March
5-8 Sesshin, with Hogen Sensei, Thursday, 5pm-Sunday, 12:30pm
This silent zazen intensive includes daily oryoki, talks, and daisan. Sesshin may be joined on Thursday or Friday. First-time sesshin registrants should contact the training office before registering.
 

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 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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