Oct
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Book Discussion

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.

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Sep
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

Naikan practice

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.

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Joint Bright Way-WEZC Sesshin
Aug
27
5:30pm 5:30pm

Joint Bright Way-WEZC Sesshin

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.

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Silent Retreat Day
Jul
23
9:00am 9:00am

Silent Retreat Day

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.

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Introduction to Meditation Workshop
Jul
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Introduction to Meditation Workshop

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 monica@wyeastzencenter.org for more information.

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Lay Disciple Ordination
Jun
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Lay Disciple Ordination

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!

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Precept Study:  Do Not Kill, Do Not Steal
Apr
26
7:10pm 7:10pm

Precept Study: Do Not Kill, Do Not Steal

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
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