Dear Sangha,
 
Hogen Sensei will be at the Temple this week, arriving on Friday, to offer daisan, lead the Zazenkai on Saturday, and give Sunday's talk. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled morning or evening zazen on Saturday.) Kien will be here as staff person. Also this week, everyone is invited to participate in a program planning meeting on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Zazenkai: On Saturday, February 15th, Hogen Sensei will lead a Zazenkai from 8am-6pm. This full day of extended sitting includes oryoki lunch, a talk, and daisan with Sensei.
 
2020/2021 Program Planning Meeting: On Sunday, February 16th, 1-3pm, please join Christine Zuimon Fowle, MRO Program Coordinator, for an informal brainstorming session to consider programming ideas for fall and winter of this year. Using the Eight Gates of Training as a lens, this is an opportunity to design a 2020/2021 retreat lineup that reflects the diverse community that embodies the Temple. We'll be exploring potential speakers, performers, retreats, and workshops for the Temple and the Monastery. Everyone is welcome. If you are able, please RSVP by February 14th, by emailing Zuimon at zuimon@dharma.net.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
Sangha news
 
For news from the Mountains and Rivers Order, see the Mountain Record website. Recent posts include an Earth Initiative Winter Update and a book review of Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices.
 

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

February
15 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
22 Creating Community: A Retreat By and For Our Sangha of Color, 10am-5pm
Members of the sangha who identify as people of color, and who have been to the Temple or Monastery at least once, are invited to this day-long retreat. We will look at issues of power, privilege, and racism, and how they manifest in our lives, our own practice, and experiences at the Temple and Monastery. Led by our professional facilitator, Eduardo Gonzalez, we will discus frameworks for change, self-healing, and our own issues with internalized racism. There is no fee for this retreat, but donations at the door are encouraged. Lunch will be served. We would like to send some materials to attendees prior to the retreat, so RSVP is required. To RSVP, please email Joshin (svalle182@gmail.com).
 
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.
 
29 Half-Day Sit, 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.
 
A workshop offering poems, stories, and opportunities for direct experience in self-reflection using Naikan, a profound, yet simple, approach from Japan that can soften hearts, cultivate gratitude, and promote reconciliation and healthy relationships. 
 
21 Mother of All Buddhas: A Zazenkai for Women, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive, open to those who identify as women. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
28 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
28 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 

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 or evening 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-Friday 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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