Whether you have never meditated before or are looking for a tune-up, you are warmly invited to this Introduction to Zen Meditation Workshop. The forms are Soto Zen but the principles are universal and accessible to everyone from any faith tradition. No experience is necessary.
When: April 28, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Sodo and environs, 8500 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, OR 97220, USA
Come join us during this first day-long event honoring the Dharma Cloud lineage welcoming all affiliates and related practitioners. The morning will be devoted to sharing our traditional forms including an introduction of all the various groups attending, and a panel dharma talk by the Kakumyo (DRZC Abbot), Domyo (Bright Way Zen), and Seido (Zen West / Empty Field Zendo) on the significance of the lineage, followed by lunch and an optional tour of the Siskyou campus.
In the afternoon session (1:30-3:30pm), we will reconvene as delegations from respective diverse places of practice, getting to know one another through conversation, inquiry and fun. In order to balance the numbers, we are proposing those willing to come and represent their groups register ahead of time with their own sanghas. That will give us an idea of how many will be in attendance. DRZC members please register HERE.
Sesshin is a silent, residential meditation retreat. Attending sesshin is an extremely valuable way to deepen your zazen and build connections with Sangha; there’s a million excuses not to attend sesshin, but it’s always profoundly rewarding – commit to attending now and then plan your life around this retreat.
This will be our third annual “WEBZ” sesshin, a collaborative effort between Wy’East Zen center (WE) and Bright Way Zen (BZ). It will be held at beautiful Camp Yamhill. You can arrive Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Fri and then stay until the end.
Teachers: Domyo Burk (Bright Way Zen), Jyoshin Clay (Wy’East Zen Center), and Shintai Dungay (both Bright Way and Wy’East)
Location: Camp Yamhill in Yamhill, Oregon (1-hour, 15-minutes drive from the Westside, about 1-hour, 45 minutes from Sandy)
Cost/Suggested Contribution (includes food and lodging):
Full retreat – $375 ($275 for Bright Way or Wy’East Zen Center members)
Wednesday arrival – $300 ($220 for members)
Thursday arrival – $225 ($165 for members)
Friday arrival $150 ($110 for members)
No Saturday arrivals.
Join us for our last theme in the book and course “Awakening Joy”, by James Baraz, in which we explore the concept of happiness and the conditions that give rise to happiness. Sangha member Nancy Ashley facilitates this discussion of “The Joy of Simply Being”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“On one occasion the Venerable Ananda, the Buddha’s attendant, came to the Buddha and said that in his view half the spiritual life revolves around spiritual friendship. The Buddha immediately corrected him and said, “Do not say this, Ananda! Do not say this, Ananda! Spiritual friendship is not half the spiritual life. It’s the entire spiritual life!”
Please join us as we welcome the New Year with our fifth annual Zen Death Poetry gathering. Shintai Dungay will facilitate this sweet and fun tradition. You don’t have to prepare anything in advance, or be a poet - just come and help us greet the New Year.!
“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.
“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