Dear Sangha,
 
Taikyo will be at the Temple this week as senior staff person. Lay senior Yudo Abraham will lead a Half-Day Sit on Saturday and will give Sunday's talk. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled morning zazen on Saturday.) Also this week, the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Half-Day Sit: On Saturday, February 10th, lay senior Yudo Abraham will lead a Half-Day Sit from 8am-noon. 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.
 
What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group: On Sunday, February 11th, the What is Whiteness? group will meet from 1:15-2:45pm. 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.
 
Dharma Action Day: Coming up on Sunday, February 25th,1-2:30pm, please join Sangha members in this afternoon exploration of ways our Buddhist practice can engage with social action. The session will include presentations by the Earth Initiative and What is Whiteness groups as well as individual Sangha members who are currently socially active. There will also be a report on the Buddhist Action Conference held at Union Theological Seminary on February 3rd.
 
As Buddhist practitioners, we commit to bringing benefit to all beings and to alleviating suffering. Engaging in social activism is one way to apply our practice to this effort. Dharma Action Day will be an opportunity for us to do this as part of a practicing community. As Shugen Roshi recently wrote, "As a Sangha, we have incredible power when we work together towards a common cause."
 
We encourage all Sangha members to participate. If you are currently involved in social activism and would like to be placed on the agenda for a 5-10 minute presentation, please contact James Sanzen Cole at jimbocole@aol.com.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

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U p c o m i n g   E v e n t s

 
February
10 Half-Day Sit, with. Yudo Abraham, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
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.

17 Classical Qigong for Total Health, Emotional Balance, and Clarity, with Paul Bloom, 10am-4pm
A full-day workshop combining meditation and qigong, including instruction in 8 Brocades of Silk, Taiji Qigong, and the 5 Elements of Practice. Beginners are especially welcome! 
 
The PoC Tea Group will host its first Book Club meeting. For more information, please email Joshin at poc.teagoup@gmail.com.
 
24 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hogen.
 
25 Dharma Action Day, 1-2:30pm
Join Sangha members in this afternoon exploration of ways our Buddhist practice can engage with social action.
 
28 LGBTQ Mondo, with Zuisei, 7-8pm
Dharma Holder Zuisei Goddard will lead a mondo (question-and-answer session), open to all who identify as LGBTQ.
 
March
3 The Perfection of Patience, with Zuisei, 10am-4pm
In this retreat we will examine Shantideva's teachings on anger, hatred, patience, and impatience, focusing on  the skillful means needed to work with strong emotions, and how zazen and the practice of patience paramita can stabilize our body and minds.
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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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