Dear Sangha,
 
This week Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi, abbot of the Houston Zen Center, will visit Fire Lotus Temple from Tuesday through Thursday. On Thursday evening, 6:30-8pm, she will offer an informal talk or mondo (question-and-answer session) on our Ango theme of Buddhist ancestors. Please join us in welcoming Konjin Roshi to our Temple, and for this wonderful opportunity to meet and hear teaching from a guest teacher in our Zen tradition. For more information about Konjin Roshi, see the Houston Zen Center website.
 
Hogen Sensei arrived at the Temple last week and will stay for an extended period through this weekend, offering daisan, leading a Zazenkai on Saturday, and offering a mondo on Ango Buddhist study during the Sunday morning program. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled morning or evening zazen on Saturday.) Zuisei Sensei will visit us on Wednesday to lead an evening LGBTQ mondo. Also this week, Yukon will be here as senior staff person, Seiyu Lanaghan and Matt Yanchuk will offer a shibori dyeing workshop at the North Pacific garden on Saturday morning, and the MRO Earth Initiative will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
LGBTQ Tea Group: On Wednesday, September 12th, 7-8:30pm, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard Sensei will lead a mondo (question-and-answer session) on the Four Immeasurables (loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity) and the ways in which we LGBTQ* practitioners can use them to enliven our practice and training.
This mondo is open to those who identify as LGBTQ. Come to the Temple early if you'd like to sit a period of evening zazen at 6:30pm, before the mondo begins at 7pm.
*The term Queer include gender identities and sexual orientations who are not cisgender and heterosexual, including but not limited to those who are questioning, asexual, pansexual, intersex, and genderqueer.
 
Dharma Talk: On Thursday, September 13th, 6:30-8pm, Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi, abbot of the Houston Zen Center, will offer an informal talk or mondo (question-and-answer session) on our Ango theme of Buddhist ancestors. (Please note that there will not be a Fusatsu this Thursday evening.)
 
Zazenkai: On Saturday, September 15th, Hogen Sensei will lead a Zazenkai from 8am-6pm. This full day of extended sitting includes oryoki lunch, a dharma talk, and daisan with Sensei.
 
Shibori Dyeing Workshop: Also on Saturday, September 15th, 9am-1pm, Seiyu Lanaghan and Matt Yanchuk will offer a shibori workshop at the North Pacific Garden on Pacific Street. Shibori is an ancient Japanese dye technique using binding, clamping, folding, and stitching to create a resist to the dye - you might call it tie dye if you saw it. Participants will receive a silk scarf and may bring one article of clothing to dye. The cost is free; please register online.
 
Mondo: On September 16th, during the Sunday morning program, Hogen Sensei will offer a mondo (question-and-answer session) introducing the Jataka Tales and Ango Buddhist study.
 
Caring for the Oysters: The MRO Earth Initiative is participating in the Billion Oyster Project, a grassroots effort to help reestablish thriving oyster beds in the waters around New York City, and we'll be checking in on our oysters on Sunday, September 16th, 1:30pm, 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 living with the oysters. All are welcome. If you'd like to travel together, we'll leave from the Temple at 1:00pm.
 
Temple lunch cooks: We are looking for a few people who would like to serve the Temple by cooking lunch. Lunch is served Wednesday through Saturday for the teachers, visiting monastics, residents, and other sangha members. The meals are usually simple vegan or vegetarian dishes, and the Temple will provide the ingredients. Assistant cooks are also welcome! If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Jean Ann at zcnyc@mro.org. Thank you!
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

 

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

September
12 LGBTQ Tea Group, 7-8:30pm
Vanessa Zuisei Goddard Sensei will lead a mondo (question-and-answer session) on the Four Immeasurables (loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity) and the ways in which we LGBTQ* practitioners can use them to enliven our practice and training.
This mondo is open to those who identify as LGBTQ. Come to the Temple early of you'd like to sit a period of evening zazen at 6:30pm, before the mondo begins at 7pm.
*The term Queer includes gender identities and sexual orientations who are not cisgender and heterosexual, including and not limited to those who are questioning, asexual, pansexual, intersex, and genderqueer.
 
13 Dharma Talk, with Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi, 6:30-8pm
An informal talk or mondo (question-and-answer session) on our Ango theme of Buddhist ancestors by Konjin Gaelyn Godwin Roshi, abbot of the Houston Zen Center.  
 
15 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hogen.
 
15 Shibori Dyeing, with Seiyu Lanaghan and Matt Yanchuk, 9am-1pm, at the North Pacific Garden on Pacific Street
A workshop on shibori, a Japanese dye technique using binding, clamping, folding, and stitching. Participants will receive a silk scarf and may bring one article of clothing to dye. The cost is free; please register online.
 
16 Mondo, with Hogen Sensei
During the Sunday program, Hogen Sensei will lead a question-and-answer session introducing the Jataka Tales and Ango Buddhist study.
 
16 Caring for the Oysters, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1:30pm
The MRO Earth Initiative will be checking in on our oysters at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. All are welcome; please meet at the Ample Hills Creamery, or travel together from the Temple at 1:00pm.
 
22 Following the Moving Line: Indoors & Out, with Barbara Bash, 10am-4pm
Spend the day following the aliveness of pen, pencil, and brush, beginning indoors with blind contour drawing, handwriting exploration, and three phrase expression, then moving outdoors with our sketchbooks.  
 
29 Half-Day Sit, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
29 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.

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 or evening 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-Friday 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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