Dear Sangha,
 
Hogen Sensei returned home on Sunday, due to family responsibilities, and will not be at the Temple this week. Please note that the Softening the Heart: Naikan retreat has been postponed, and a new date will be announced. Instead, Gregg Kretch and Hogen Sensei will offer an online webinar on Saturday morning. Also this week, there will be an Ango Sangha Practice Groups meeting on Thursday evening. Mn. Gokan will be here during the week as senior staff person. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Coping With Anxiety From All Directions While a Tulip Stares at the Moon: On Saturday, March 14th, 10-11am, Gregg Krech, ToDo Institute teacher and author of  Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection, and Hogen Sensei will co-lead a one-hour live webinar. This program is open to all and free of charge.
 
We live in strange times -- and yet, there is beauty if we know how to look. The turbulence "out there" stirs up anxiety "in here." The beauty "out there" stirs up joy "in here." The border between inner and outer is blurry.
 
How do we manage the anxiety of not-knowing? How do we prepare for what may happen without pretending we know what will happen? Which is more foolish: to give up the truth of the present moment in anticipation of the future, or to play the fiddle while the world is devoured by flames? 
 
Please join us for a rich examination of life in turbulent times, where these questions, and others, will not be answered. Bring a cup of coffee or tea, if you wish.
 
We hope that as many of you as possible will join us for this special and timely offering. We'll be using Zoom, an easy-to-use platform that does not require an account, just a stable internet connection. If you'd like to participate, please email the Temple (zcnyc@mro.org) to register, and we'll send you the Zoom link. It's easy!
 
Sangha Practice Groups: On Thursday, March 12th, 7-8:30pm, sangha members will participate in the first of a series of study groups, using David Loy's Ecodharma  as inspiration to take action in this time of global environmental crisis. Other study group meetings in this series will be on April 2nd, 16th, and 30th, May 14th, and June 4th. Participants may attend in person at the Monastery or Temple, or remotely via Zoom. For more information, and to register to attend via Zoom, see the Ango website.
 
Ango study sessions on Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra: Please note that the first study session, originally scheduled for this Wednesday, has been postponed. New dates for the study session series will be announced.
 
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 
 
Naikan teacher Gregg Kretch
 

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

March
19 Fusatsu, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8pm
Fusatsu, or "Renewal of Vows," is a ceremony based on the teachings of the Buddhist precepts. It includes liturgy and a talk by the officiant, each focusing on the moral teachings of the Buddha. 
 
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.
 
April
4 One Dharma: Perfection and Imperfection, with Hogen Sensei, 10am-5pm
An opportunity to examine how we understand our imperfection, mistakes, and delusion, and our wholeness and original completeness. The day will incorporate zazen and mondos (question-and-an answer sessions), to share questions, insights, and discoveries.
 
5 Film screening: Walden: A Life in the Woods, 1pm
Filmmaker and sangha member Alex Harvey will present a screening a discussion of his new film, a contemporary re-imagining of Henry David Thoreau's essay, inspired by teachings of Dogen.
 
11 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Sensei.
 
12 Fusatsu, with Hogen Sensei, 6:30-8pm
Fusatsu, or "Renewal of Vows," is a ceremony based on the teachings of the Buddhist precepts. It includes liturgy and a talk by the officiant, each focusing on the moral teachings of the Buddha. 
 
In this evening gathering, we will bring to life the Therigatha, a collection of poems about the joy of realizing freedom from suffering, by the first Buddhist women ordained at the time of the Buddha.
 
18 It's Alive! An Art Practice Retreat, with Hojin Sensei, 10am-4pm
Creative expression can open a door to deepening trust in our lives. In this retreat, we will practice meeting ourselves with loving attention, appreciating every moment, and cultivating inquisitiveness, wonder, and  the possibility of direct, spontaneous, alive responses.
 
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.
 
Myonen Roshi and Egyoku Roshi will examine the nature of Chan and Japanese koans, and discuss contemporary Western koans assembled in their new book, A Book of Householder Koans.
 

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.)

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