Dear Sangha,
 
Shugen Roshi will be at the Temple this week, Tuesday through Wednesday evening, to offer dokusan to training students. Hogen Sensei will arrive on Thursday, to offer daisan, lead the Zen Essentials seminar on Thursday and this weekend's Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil, and give the talk on Sunday. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled evening zazen on Thursday.) See below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Zen Essentials - Practicing Your Life at Work: On Thursday, December 7th, 6:30-8pm, Hogen Sensei will lead a Zen Essentials seminar on the practice of Buddhist teachings and ethics in the workplace. In this seminar we will examine work as an aspect of Zen practice, including topics such as money, success and failure, competition, ambition, and relationships with others at work. The zendo will be open for informal zazen before the seminar.
 
Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil: On Friday, 6:30pm, through Saturday, 9am, December 8th-9th, Hogen Sensei will lead the Temple's annual silent, all-night period of deep sitting commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha.
 
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 Hobai and Ann Rubin 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.
 
Please bring something to share for the potluck meal that serves 8-12 people. If you are coming to the potluck or will stay overnight, please contact the Temple in advance, at 718-875-8229 or zcnyc@mro.org. Hope you can join us!
 
Dana Dinner at the Monastery - The Perfection of Giving: This year's Community Holiday Dinner will be held at Zen Mountain Monastery on the weekend of December 15th-17th. To participate in this festive and joyous event, or for more information, visit the Dana Dinner web page or call the Monastery at  845-688-2228.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff

 

 

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U p c o m i n g   E v e n t s

 
December
Zen Essentials - Practicing Your Life at Work, with Hogen Sensei, 6:30-8pm
An evening seminar on the practice of Buddhist teachings and ethics in the workplace, examining subjects such as money, success and failure, competition, ambition, and relationships with people at work.
 
8-9 Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil, with Hogen Sensei, Friday, 6:30pm-Saturday, 9am
The Temple's annual all-night period of deep sitting commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. After a pot-luck supper on Friday evening, informal silent zazen extends through the night, followed by a service and breakfast on Saturday morning.
 
16 Zazenkai, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hojin.
 
23 Half-Day Sit, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
January 
13 Zazenkai, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hojin.
 
20 Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind, with Vangeline, 10am-4pm
A body practice workshop in Japanese Butoh, a performance form that reveals mind through mindful repetition, physical engagement, transforming our shadow, and unveiling our most authentic selves.
 
27 Half-Day Sit, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 

 

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-Wednesday and Friday-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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