Dear Sangha,
 
Hogen Sensei arrived at the Temple last week and will stay for an extended period, through this Sunday. This week, Sensei will offer daisan, lead a Saturday retreat on Never Getting it Right: Our Dance with Mara, and give Sunday's talk. Yukon will be here as senior staff person. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Never Getting it Right: Our Dance with Mara: On Saturday, June 16th, 10am-4pm, Hogen Sensei will offer a workshop looking at our tendency to be self-critical, and how judgement of self and others can affect our innate ability 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.
 
Caring for the Oysters: Coming up on Saturday, June 23rd, 3:15pm, the MRO Earth Initiative will be checking in on our oysters at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We'll meet at the Ample Hills Creamery, then go pull our oyster basket up, measure and weigh the oysters for any growth, and examine what other beings are thriving in and around the oyster cage.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

Fire Lotus Temple

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U p c o m i n g   E v e n t s

June
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.
 
23 Caring for the Oysters, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 3:15pm
The MRO Earth Initiative will be checking in on our oysters at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Meet at the Ample Hills Creamery.
 
24 What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group, 1-2:30pm
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.
 
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.
 
July
14 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hogen.
 
15 Book Reading: The Sound of Cherry Blossoms, with Alxe Noden and Hakubai Mosko, 1-2pm
Authors and Buddhist practitioners Alxe Noden and Hakubai Mosko will read from their new book, The Sound of Cherry Blossoms: Zen Lessons from the Garden on Contemplative Design.
 
21 Ikebana: the Meditative Art of Flower Arrangement, with Ikuko Sano Matsuda, 10am-4pm
A workshop on ikebana, or kado, the Zen art of meditative flower arrangement. Following demonstrations by the instructor, participants will be guided in making their own arrangements.
 
In this workshop, participants will examine the power of Buddha images and how to allow compassion to come forth through sculpting clay images of Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion.
 
28 Half-Day Sit, with Hojin Sensei, 8am-noon
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.
 
August
4 Zazenkai, with Zuisei Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Zuisei.
 

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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