Jukai Ceremony
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Jukai Ceremony

In the formal ceremony known as Jukai, a Zen practitioner openly receives and acknowledges the Sixteen Bodhisattava Precepts as an ongoing path in his or her life.  In the words of Diane Eshin Rizzetto, Abbess of the Bay Zen Center:

Jukai commences a lifelong process-a confirmation of practice and commitment to a life of mindful inquiry into the motivations and consequences of our actions. As a result, we are less likely to take action that is hurtful to ourselves and others. More than simply an ethical system, the precepts open the heart and mind to the wisdom and compassion that lie deep within us all. We do not “take” them or “earn” them. We receive them as a gift that acknowledges that although we may not always act in accordance with deep intelligence, it is at the core of what we are.
— Diane Eshin Rizzetto
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Grave Precepts: The Mind - Jyoshin Clay
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Grave Precepts: The Mind - Jyoshin Clay

This is the fifh of a six week class series on the Precepts, the moral and ethical guidelines that shape our zen practice. These are not deemed to be "commandments"; rather they can be used as koans and questions with which to examine our life and behavior, helping to guide us towards skillful action and the cultivation of compassion. There are no required readings other than the Kyojukaimon which will be recited as our evening service and will be made available to class attendees. For those who wish to read more, Jyoshin will be basing the classes on the Kyojukaimon as well as the resources listed below.

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Zazenkai - One Day Retreat
May
27
9:00 AM09:00

Zazenkai - One Day Retreat

Please join us for a day of stillness and meditation.

Meditation is silent and seated, and in 25-minute periods. We will also do walking meditation, share a silent lunch and incorporate some simple Soto Zen practices.  Meditators from all traditions are welcome.  Please contact Shintai Dungay at jdungay[at]hotmail.com to sign up or for more information.

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Grave Precepts:  Speech - Shintai Dungay
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Grave Precepts: Speech - Shintai Dungay

This is the fourth of a six week class series on the Precepts, the moral and ethical guidelines that shape our zen practice. These are not deemed to be "commandments"; rather they can be used as koans and questions with which to examine our life and behavior, helping to guide us towards skillful action and the cultivation of compassion.   This week Shintai will lead a discussion on Precepts 4-6 of the Ten Grave Precepts:  Do not speak dishonestly", "Do not become intoxicated" and "Do not dwell on past mistakes."

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Grave Precepts of the Body - Jyoshin Clay
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Grave Precepts of the Body - Jyoshin Clay

This is the fourth of a six week class series on the Precepts, the moral and ethical guidelines that shape our zen practice. These are not deemed to be "commandments"; rather they can be used as koans and questions with which to examine our life and behavior, helping to guide us towards skillful action and the cultivation of compassion. There are no required readings other than the Kyojukaimon which will be recited as our evening service and will be made available to class attendees. For those who wish to read more, Jyoshin will be basing the classes on the Kyojukaimon as well as the resources listed below.

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The Three Pure Precepts - Jyoshin Clay
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Three Pure Precepts - Jyoshin Clay

This is the third a six week class series on the Precepts, the moral and ethical guidelines that shape our zen practice. These are not deemed to be "commandments"; rather they can be used as koans and questions with which to examine our life and behavior, helping to guide us towards skillful action and the cultivation of compassion. There are no required readings other than the Kyojukaimon which will be recited as our evening service and will be made available to class attendees. For those who wish to read more, Jyoshin will be basing the classes on the Kyojukaimon as well as the resources listed below.

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Contrition and Refuge - Jyoshin Clay
May
2
to May 3

Contrition and Refuge - Jyoshin Clay

This is the second of a six week class series on the Precepts, the moral and ethical guidelines that shape our zen practice. These are not deemed to be "commandments"; rather they can be used as koans and questions with which to examine our life and behavior, helping to guide us towards skillful action and the cultivation of compassion. There are no required readings other than the Kyojukaimon which will be recited as our evening service and will be made available to class attendees. For those who wish to read more, Jyoshin will be basing the classes on the Kyojukaimon as well as the resources listed below.

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Introduction to the Precepts - Jyoshin Clay
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Introduction to the Precepts - Jyoshin Clay

This is the first of a six week class series on the Precepts, the moral and ethical guidelines that shape our zen practice. These are not deemed to be "commandments"; rather they can be used as koans and questions with which to examine our life and behavior, helping to guide us towards skillful action and the cultivation of compassion. There are no required readings other than the Kyojukaimon which will be recited as our evening service and will be made available to class attendees.

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Book Discussion
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

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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Book Discussion
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion

Our current study is the book "Branching Streams Flow In The Darkness" by Shunryu Suzuki. This book provides commentary on the Sandokai, also called “The Harmony of Difference and Sameness,” a poem written by 8th century Zen Master Sekito Kisen.  He is also the author of “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage."  The Sandokai is chanted in Zen temples all over the world.  It is not necessary to read the book ahead of time.  On Book Discussion Days, A portion of the book will be read together and discussed.

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Term Student Closing Retreat
Jan
7
10:00 AM10:00

Term Student Closing Retreat

If you are looking for a way to intensify your spiritual practice for a period of time and foster community connections at Wy'east Zen Center, you may wish to consider participating in the Term Student program this fall.   This program consists of committing to a one day retreat on October 8th and a one day retreat on January 7th and also includes holding an aspiration or a question for the duration of the training period.  

Click HERE for a more detailed description of the program.  If you are interested in participating, please sign up by contacting Shintai Dungay (jdungay@hotmail.com) or Jyoshin Clay(jyoshin@dharma-rain.org) by email.

 

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Book Discussion
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

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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Book Discussion
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

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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Book Discussion
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion

Join us this week as we finish up our reading and discussion from Kyogen Carlson's book, "Zen in the American Grain."  Here is a summary from Google Books: 

For years Americans have been fascinated with the spontaneity of Zen, its exotic "masters," its paradoxical style. Kyogen Carlson's Zen in the American Grain shows us how the full integration of Zen practice with everyday American life is not only possible but inevitable.

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