Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei will be at the Temple this week, arriving on Thursday to offer daisan, lead the Ango art presentations on Thursday, co-lead a Saturday retreat, Of Memory and Magic: A Day of Discovering the Details, and offer Sunday's talk. Gokan will be here this week as senior staff person. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Ango Art Presentations: Come one, come all, and join Hojin Sensei on Thursday, May 17th, 6:30-8pm, to share your expressive experience of Ango art practice. Everyone is invited to share your work and participate in creative audience for others.
 
On Memory and Magic: A Day of Discovering the Details: On Saturday, May 19th, Hojin Sensei and lay senior Bethany Senkyu Saltman will co-lead an arts retreat exploring memory and magic of the stories housed in our bodies and minds, and the transformation of these stories into concrete details that can guide and heal us. Please join us for this day of guided meditation, movement, words, and drawn lines, a day of playing with the poetry of our lives.
 
Seeking promotional help: Are you looking to volunteer to support the Zen Center while also getting outdoors more? Occasionally we try to broaden our outreach by placing flyers in targeted shops and cafes. This doesn't come up very frequently, but when it does, we need to have someone with the flexibility to make it happen. Please email Hokyu at the programming office if you'd like to be contacted about this. We would ask you to stop by and pick up some flyers when we have an appropriate event and we would also supply some addresses to bring them to. We would welcome additional suggestions for places that would appreciate our flyers, so knowing the city well is helpful. Thanks!
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

Hojin Sensei and sangha members. Photo: Lee Pearson

 

For more information about programs at the Temple, please visit our website

or contact us at (718) 875-8229 or zcnyc@mro.org

To register for a retreat, please call or email the Temple office.

U p c o m i n g   E v e n t s

May
17 Ango Art Presentations, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8pm
Come one, come all, and join Hojin Sensei to share your expressive experience of Ango art practice.
 
19 Of Memory and Magic: A Day of Discovering the Details, with Hojin Sensei and Bethany Senkyu Saltman, 10am-4pm
An art and body practice retreat devoted to exploring our stories and playing with the poetry of our lives, through guided meditation, movement, words, and drawing.
 
26 Half-Day Sit, with Yukon, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
26 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 
June
Shakuhachi: The Craft of Pure Sound, with Perry Yung, 10am-4pm
A workshop on making and playing shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute. Participants will be guided in crafting their own shauhachi and in learning the basics of playing.
 
Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hogen.
 
16 Never Getting It Right: Our Dance with Mara, with Hogen Sensei, 10am-4pm
In this workshop, we will look at our tendency to be self-critical, and how judgement of self and others can affect our innate ablility to go deeper in practice. Indulging the inner critic is a temptation even the Buddha had to confront. In seeing it and naming it (as Mara), he learned to dispel it and transform its energy into a benefit rather than a hindrance. We'll use periods of meditation and small group discussions to examine our own habits in this regard, and our own abilities to shift between darkness and light.
 
23 Half-Day Sit, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
23 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 
30 On Death & Dying: Allowing Death to Teach Us How to Live, with Rev. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson, 10am-4pm
In this experiential workshop, we will use meditation, visualizations, writing exercises, and more to explore our life and our mortality, discovering how life and death enhance and embrace each other.
 

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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