All Day Silent Retreat
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

All Day Silent 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 Emilie at emilie@wyeastzencenter.org to sign up or for more information.

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Awakening Joy: Mindfulness
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Awakening Joy: Mindfulness

“Can a Buddhist have a good time?” could be the subtitle of the book Awakening Joy, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. Starting with the First Noble Truth, it can sometimes seem like Buddhism leaves no room for happiness. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. It tuns out that when we live in alignment with the Dharma our lives become happier. The Awakening Joy program is based on the cultivation of wholesome states from which happiness arises naturally, like seeds sprouting in a well cultivated flower bed.

Join us for all or any part of this program which offers practices designed to incline the mind towards joy.

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Awakening Joy: Intention
Oct
31
6:30 PM18:30

Awakening Joy: Intention

“What happens when you let yourself say, simply and clearly, that you want to be happy, that you want joy to become part of your daily experience? Do you feel like you need to look over your shoulder to see if anyone is watching as you dare to consider such a thing? Maybe you wonder if it could really be possible. Or perhaps you feel a sense of relief at finally letting yourself say it. Whatever your response, this is how you take your first step toward awakening joy.”

From Awakening Joy by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander

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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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