2021-04-12

Spring Week 4 & 5

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:
(Times: US Eastern)
9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Apr 18: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon

Zoom with Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, MA at any of these times:
Mon-Fri, 7-8am
Tue, Thu, Sun, 7-8pm
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

Next Online Weekend Sesshin

Fri Jun 11, 7:00pm through Sun Jun 13, 12:30pm
Online Practice periods include Zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talk, dharma dialogue, and dokusan (interview with teacher).
Times of Online Practice:
7:00am-8:30am -- Sat, Sun
10:30am-12:30pm -- Sat, Sun
2:30pm-4:30pm -- Sat
7:00pm-8:30pm -- Fri, Sat

For Spring Week 4: Mon Apr 12 - Sun Apr 18

Reading

for Sat Apr 17
  • The Saturday Talk will address the readings in the week's Sutra Service: "Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva," and "Song of the Jeweled-Mirror Samedi."

Week 4 Raven Tale

Week 4 Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement 
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges 
Opening Verse for Mon Mar 22 - Sun Apr 18 (1st Fourweek)
  • Prayer for Practice, p. 3
Sutra Service for Week 4
  • Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 14
  • Song of the Jeweled-Mirrer Samedi, p. 14
Closing Verse for Mon Mar 22 - Sun Apr 18 (1st Fourweek)
  • The Ship of Compassion, p. 39
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows, p. 42

For Spring Week 5: Mon Apr 19 - Sun Apr 25

Reading

for Sat Apr 24
  • The Saturday Talk will address the readings in the week's Sutra Service: "The Compassionate Heart of Wisdom," "Harmony of Relative and Absolute," and "Hakuin's Song of Zazen"

Week 5 Raven Tale

Week 5 Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement 
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges 
Opening Verse for Mon Apr 19 - Sun May 16 (2nd Fourweek)
  • Invocation of Kanzeon, p. 3
Sutra Service for Week 5
  • The Compassionate Heart of Wisdom, p. 16
  • Harmony of Relative and Absolute, p. 17
  • Hakuin's Song of Zazen, p. 17
Closing Verse for Mon Apr 19 - Sun May 16 (2nd Fourweek)
  • Spring Everywhere, p. 39
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Sutra Book

For printing (double-columned pages):CLICK HERE. (Page references are to this double-column version.)
For reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files: CLICK HERE.

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)

Additional Practice Opportunities

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2021-04-05

Raven 166: Serene

Life is problems. Call them "challenges," if you prefer. Either way, one after the other they tumble down upon you, or several at a time. Sometimes a moment of quiet may come. Before long your body will need a fly.
Owl came for a private interview and said, "Sometimes when I sit, the whole foest is quiet. Everything is still and serene."
Raven , "That's really nice."
Owl said, "Is there anything more?"
Raven said, "You know what happens."
Owl said, "The trout jumps after the fly."
Raven said, "Exactly."

2021-03-29

Raven 165: Anguish

Seek not to be rid of anguish and clinging. Practice, rather, to become both anguished and nonanguished, both clinging and nonclinging, at the same time. More or less.

Case
Raven took his perch on the Assembly Oak and said, "The Buddha said that anguish has a source. How would you identify that source?"
Wolverine said, "I know that one. The source of anguish is clinging."
Raven said, "What if the forest burned down?"
Wolverine said, "I might feel liberated."
Raven bowed his head and murmured, "Oh, well...congratulations."

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2021-03-22

Raven 164: Affectionate Acceptance

Whatever arises, welcome it. If impatience arises, welcome it. If anxiety arises, welcome it. If the thought that you should be getting somewhere arises, welcome that, too, but don't believe it.

Case
In a private encounter with Raven, Badger said, "I confess that after all this time, I feel very impatient with my zazen."
Raven said, "That's OK."
Badger said, "I have the feeling that if I weren't so anxious, I might get somewhere."
Raven said, "Affectionate acceptance is the way of all the Ancestors."

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2021-03-15

Raven 163: Painful



The stars don't care about your pain and anguish, it's true. It may -- sometimes -- help a little to view our loss and grief from the larger context of the cosmos. Still, we are not unfeeling stars. It is their job to shine without caring. It is our job to care -- and to feel acutely the pain of loss.

Can you, in the midst of pain, hold two contradictory ideas simultaneously: that you'd be lost without this loss, and that it sure does hurt like hell?

Case
The next night Woodpecker said to Raven, "You told Copperhead that we'd be totally lost without her. Well, speak for yourself, Roshi. He eats my babies. And don't tell me the stars don't care. I've heard that one."
Raven said, "Painful."

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2021-03-08

Raven 162: The Way

This is Copperhead's first and only appearance in the annals of the Tallspruce Zen Center.

"Right Livelihood" is one of the components of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism. For the monks, this originally meant living from begging, but not accepting everything, and not possessing more than was strictly necessary. For lay Buddhists, it means avoiding any livelihood that causes suffering to sentient beings by cheating them, or harming or killing them in any way. Right livelihood does not trade in weapons, living beings, meat, alcoholic drink or poison.

The way does tend to orient those who find or seek it. Perhaps Copperhead's interest in the Way will orient her to seek creative modifications in her livelihood. Maybe not. The way, as Raven says, does not depend on that.

From your point of view, and mine, the presence of copperheads is an essential part of our path. In the unfolding wholeness of the universe, there is an essential role played by the people and beings we think of as evil and harmful -- Hitler, tsetse flies, Pol Pot, coronavirus, Jeffrey Dahmer, bed bugs. From Copperhead's point of view, as a snake interested in the Way, the possibilities of transformation are an open question.

Case
Copperhead came by one evening unannounced. Mole made himself scarce, and Owl, Woodpecker, and Grouse set up a clatter.
Copperhead said, "Excuse me, everybody. I came for the Great Law, not for my dinner."
The birds quieted down, but Mole did not return.
Raven asked, "Do you have a question?"
"Yes," said Copperhead. "I'm really interested in the Way, but I don't seem to have the right livelihood for it."
Raven said, "The Way does not depend on your livelihood."
Copperhead asked, "What is the Way?"
Raven said, "We'd be totally lost without you."

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2021-03-07

Winter Weeks 12 & 13

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:
(Times: US Eastern)
9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Mar 13: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon; talk by Meredith & Seth

Zoom with Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, MA at any of these times:
Mon-Fri, 7-8am
Tue, Thu, Sun, 7-8pm
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

For Winter Week 12: Mon Mar 8 - Sun Mar 14

Reading for Sat Mar 13

  • The Saturday Talk will address the readings in the week's Sutra Service: Suffusion with Divine Abidings; Secrets on Cultivating the Mind.

Week 12 Raven Tale

Week 12 Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement (AUDIO)
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges (AUDIO)
Opening Verse for Mon Feb 22 - Sun Mar 21 (13th Fourweek)
  • World of Dew and Compassion, p. 6
Sutra Service for Week 12B
  • Suffusion with Divine Abidings, p. 34
  • Secrets on Cultivating the Mind, p. 34
Closing Verse for Mon Feb 22 - Sun Mar 21 (13th Fourweek)
  • To Change Every Moment, p. 42
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows, p. 42

For Winter Week 13: Mon Mar 15 - Sun Mar 21

Reading for Sat Mar 20

  • The Saturday Talk will address the readings in the week's Sutra Service: Heart Sutra, Facing Everything, The Field of Boundless Emptiness, and Guidepost for Silent Illumination.

Week 13 Raven Tale

Week 13 Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement (AUDIO)
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges (AUDIO)
Opening Verse for Mon Feb 22 - Sun Mar 21 (13th Fourweek)
  • World of Dew and Compassion, p. 6
Sutra Service for Week 13B
  • Heart Sutra, p. 11
  • Facing Everything, p. 36
  • The Field of Boundless Emptiness, p. 36
  • Guidepost for Silent Illumination, p. 37
Closing Verse for Mon Feb 22 - Sun Mar 21 (13th Fourweek)
  • To Change Every Moment, p. 42
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows, p. 42

Sutra Book

For printing (double-columned pages):CLICK HERE. (Page references are to this double-column version.)
For reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files: CLICK HERE.

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)

Additional Practice Opportunities

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2021-03-01

Raven 161: The Poem

The poem about your practice is immediately visible to the whole world. No need to recite it. You already have and are.

Case
Wolverine approached Raven after a meeting had broken up and said, "I've composed a poem about my practice. Do you want to hear it?"
Raven said, "No." Wolverine said, "I'm going to recite it anyway." Raven gave a croak and flew up into the Assembly Oak.
Next day, Mole told Porcupine about this, and said, "I thought Roshi was pretty rude to Wolverine. Why did he make such a point of not wanting to hear her poem?"
Porcupine said, "She already knew it by heart."

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2021-02-22

Raven 160: Zazen

Zazen is practice. It's not a practice. Nor, for that matter, is it the practice. It's just practice. Your zazen is your practice. You do it because you can't not. It's what you do. What mushrooms do is mushrooms' zazen/practice. What dirt does is dirt's zazen/practice.

Case
The next evening Gray Wolf attended the circle gathering again and asked, "After all, what is zazen?"
Raven said, "Animal practice."
Gray Wolf said, "Of course it's animal practice; I wouldn't suppose that stones and trees do it."
Raven said, "That would be the zazen of stones and trees."

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2021-02-15

Raven 159: The Ancestors

This is Gray Wolf's seventh appearance. She first appeared in #22, where she asked for an explanation of karma. Then, in #59, she didn't think the enlightenment of bushes and grasses was likely. In #75, she asked how she could save the many beings. In #103, she remarked that the goal of practice seemed to be more practice. In #140, Gray Wolf asked, "Why do we always do everything in exactly the same way?" In #144, she said it seemed undignified to bow before the Buddha. Gray Wolf was also mentioned in #120, when Owl said she still didn't know what to make of Brown Bear's answer to Gray Wolf back in #59.

"Dream" may refer to a delusion, or to a hope. Perhaps Raven is referring to the delusion of separation -- the human delusion of being separate from other animals. Or perhaps she's referring to the hope of a more aware and attentive way of living. Which do you say she means? In either case, there's no answering for it.

Case
One evening Gray Wolf Came by after a long absence and asked, "Are the old masters of the past really our own ancestors?"
Raven said, "Most certainly."
Gray Wolf said, "But it seems that they were folks who wore clothes."
Raven said, "I can't answer for the dream."

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2021-02-08

Raven 158: Uphill

Practice does mean a change in habits, and in the very way of habit formation. So it can feel like going against the grain. On the other hand, where your habit has been to go against the grain, practice may feel like learning to go with the flow. First you have to discern the flow.

Case
Wolverine asked, "Do you practice going with the flow?"
Raven asked, "Is that a practice?"
Wolverine asked, "What is practice?"
Raven said, "Going against the grain."
Wolverine asked, "Sounds hard."
Raven said, "Uphill."

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2021-02-02

Winter Week 8: Feb 8-14

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:
(Times: US Eastern)
9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Feb 13: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon

Zoom with Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, MA at any of these times:
Mon-Fri, 7-8am
Tue, Thu, Sun, 7-8pm
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

For Winter Week 8: Feb 8-14

This Week's Reading

For Sat Feb 13:
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "Shakyamuni and I are Practicing Together," p. 122.
  • See Reading Schedule.

This Week's Raven Tale

This Week's Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement (AUDIO)
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges (AUDIO)
Opening Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Into the Dark with Empty Hands, p. 6
Sutra Service for Week 8B
  • Genjokoan, p. 24
Closing Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Queen of the Lake of Awareness, p. 41
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Next Week's Sutras: Winter Week 9: Feb 15-21

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement (AUDIO)
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges (AUDIO)
Opening Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Into the Dark with Empty Hands, p. 6
Sutra Service for Week 9B
  • Yuibutsu Yobutsu, p. 27
  • Uji, p. 28
  • Hokke Ten Hokke, p. 28
Closing Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Queen of the Lake of Awareness, p. 41
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Sutra Book

For printing (double-columned pages):CLICK HERE. (Page references are to this double-column version.)
For reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files: CLICK HERE.

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)

Additional Practice Opportunities

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2021-02-01

Raven 157: Notions

Turkey first appeared in #38. Her previous relations with Grandma were related in #63, #65, #73, #80, and #95.

Practice and Dharma and Sangha are all about Buddha -- which is a notion (and subject to falling apart) and a pointer to something that is not a notion.

Case
Turkey spoke up one evening and said, "Listening to Grandma at Vinecot, I get the impression that all notions fall apart. What do you make of this?"
Raven said, "Nothing."
Turkey asked, "How about the Buddha?"
Raven said, "Bring her around."
Turkey asked, "Then what are we about?"
Raven glanced at Porcupine, and both exclaimed, "Buddha!"

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2021-01-25

Raven 156: Mara

Thank you, Mara. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Case
After this exchange about compassion, Badger said, "Well, I got my comeuppance on that one. I have another question -- not really a question, more a confession. It's the one that's been on my mind for some time. I've sat with you all this time and not realized very much at all. I wake up in the night feeling guilty that I haven't made more of an effort. You devote yourself to us, and I feel that I've failed you."
Raven said, "Mara is prodding you."
Badger said, "It hurts."
Raven said, "It's the only way Mara knows."

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2021-01-24

Winter Week 6: Jan 25-31

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:
(Times: US Eastern)
9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Jan 30: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon

Zoom with Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, MA at any of these times:
Mon-Fri, 7-8am
Tue, Thu, Sun, 7-8pm
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

For Winter Week 6: Jan 25-31

This Week's Reading

For Sat Jan 30:
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "Blossoms of Nirvana," p. 117.
  • See Reading Schedule.

This Week's Raven Tale

This Week's Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement (AUDIO)
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges (AUDIO)
Opening Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Into the Dark with Empty Hands, p. 6
Sutra Service for Week 6.B. (AUDIO)
  • Hakuin's Great Doubt, p. 19
  • Guidance in Zazen, p. 20
Closing Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Queen of the Lake of Awareness, p. 41
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Next Week's Sutras: Winter Week 7: Feb 1-7

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement (AUDIO)
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges (AUDIO)
Opening Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Into the Dark with Empty Hands, p. 6
Sutra Service for Week 7 (AUDIO)
  • Heart Sutra, p. 11
  • An Unending Truth, p. 21
  • Three Marks of Dharma, p. 21
  • Loving-Kindness Sutra, p. 22
Closing Verse for Mon Jan 25 - Sun Feb 21 (12th Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • Queen of the Lake of Awareness, p. 41
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Sutra Book

For printing (double-columned pages):CLICK HERE. (Page references are to this double-column version.)
For reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files: CLICK HERE.

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)

Additional Practice Opportunities


White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/