Our text for study this fall is “Branching Streams Flow in The Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai” by Shunryu Suzuki. This book provides commentary on the Sandokai, also called “The Harmony of Difference of Sameness”, a poem written by 8th century Zen Master Sekito Kisen. He is also the author of “Song of the Grass Hut”. The Sandokai is chanted in Zen temples all over the world. It is not necessary to read the book ahead of time. A portion of the book will be read together and discussed.
This week Nancy Ashley will be leading us in Naikan Practice, from the book:Naikan: Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection. It involves answering 3 questions (on a regular basis) - what have I received? What have I given? What difficulties have I caused?
We will silently brainstorm in ourselves, writing our answers as they emerge, and share afterward as appropriate.
Led by Bright Way teacher Domyo Burk and Wy'East Zen Center teachers Shintai Dungay and Jyoshin Clay. All three teachers are part of the Dharma Cloud lineage, so our traditions and teaching styles are very compatible!
We will practice within the container of silence and a dawn-til-dusk retreat schedule that will include zazen, chanting, silent work, formal meals, and rest.
The sesshin will be held at the Fireside Retreat Center in Corbett Oregon - under a 1-hour drive from the Westside (without traffic of course) and less than an hour from Sandy.
Cost of the full sesshin, including food and lodging, is $250. ($200 for Thursday arrival, $150 for Friday arrival.) If you can pay more in order to provide scholarships to others and support the zen centers, please do! If you need to pay less, please register anyway and indicate what fee you can afford.
This is a retreat for people with some experience with meditation. If you do not have experience with meditation, please join us any Wednesday evening at our regular meeting for a brief introduction to Zen meditation. Contact Shintai Dungay (jdungay AT hotmail dot com) for more information. Retreat signup HERE. Contact Shintai Dungay (jdungay AT hotmail dot com) for more information.
Whether you're curious about meditation and would like to learn more, or you've been meditating for a long time and want to check in with a teacher, this workshop is a great starting place or review. Taught by experienced meditators and facilitated by our Zen Buddhist teacher, the form is Buddhist but the principles are universal and accessible to everyone from any faith tradition.
Contact Monica at email@example.com for more information.
After someone has practiced Zen with our sangha and teachers for a number of years, they may find themselves feeling committed to our lineage. At this point they may consider becoming a Lay Disciple. When someone undergoes the Lay Disciple ceremony, they formalize the teacher-student relationship, their connection to the lineage, and their commitment to serve and support the sangha. Join us for this joyful event!
Discussion of the ninth and tenth precepts.
- Do not indulge anger – cultivate equanimity. Discussion led by Monica Smith, (Rizzetto Ch 9)
- Do not defame the three treasures. Discussion led by Genso Skinner.
- Discussion of the 7th precept: Do not praise self or blame others. Maintain modesty, extol virtue. (Rizzetto Ch 7) Led by Kim Wood-Saldaña
- Do not be mean with dharma or wealth. Share understanding, give freely of self. (no corresponding Rizzetto chapter) Led by Jyoshin Clay
Discussion of the fifth and sixth precepts.
- Do not become intoxicated – polish clarity, dispel delusion. (Rizzetto Ch 8), led by Teiko Cartoun
- Do not dwell on past mistakes - create wisdom from ignorance (Rizzetto Ch 6) led by Jorin Malloy.
Discussion of Precepts 3 and 4 led by Bruce Ryan.
- Do not misuse sexuality – remain faithful in relationships. (Rizzetto Ch 10)
- Do not speak dishonestly – communicate truthfully. (Rizzetto Ch 4)
Discussion of the first two Grave Precepts led by Shintai Dungay.
- Do not kill. Cultivate and encourage life. Text: Waking up to What You Do by Diane Eshin Rizzetto, Shambhala Publications, 2005, Chapter 12
- Do not steal. Honor the gift not yet given. Text: Waking up to What You Do by Diane Eshin Rizzetto, Shambhala Publications, 2005, Chapter 9
Seminal teachings of WEZC's spiritual founder Kyogen Carlson.
How does WEZC meet your spiritual needs? What would like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? Are you getting what you came for? Bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share and check in with your input on WEZC form and function.
Seminal teachings of WEZC spiritual founder Kyogen Carlson.