2021-10-04

Fall Week 5 & 6

Meeting BOTH in person AND on zoom.

Sat Oct 23

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha 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

IN PERSON (only if you are fully vaccinated, please)
Room 43 at
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat Oct 16: Practice to be led by Meredith Hotetsu Garmon and Seth Zuiho Segall

Zoom with Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, MA at any of these times:
Mon-Fri, 7:00-8:00
Tue, Thu, Sun, 19:00-20:00
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

Autumn Week 5:
Mon Oct 18 - Sun Oct 24


Reading

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness,
"Asses and Horses," pp. 93-97.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"Vimalakirti's 'The Gate to the One and Only'" (Blue Cliff Record 84; Book of Serenity 48)

Sutras

Opening Verse for 8th Fourweek (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 31): "Menju -- Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5.

Sutra Service
  • The Compassionate Heart of Wisdom, p. 16.
  • Harmony of Relative and Absolute, p. 17.
  • Song of Zazen, p. 17.
Closing Verse for 8th Fourweek (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 31): "Hope in the Dark," p. 40.

To chant along with audio recording, find the recordings HERE.

Autumn Week 6:
Mon Oct 25 - Sun Oct 31


Reading

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness,
"Thomas Merton in Love," pp. 97-102.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"The Diamond Sutra's 'The Transgression is Wiped Out'" (Blue Cliff Record 97, Book of Serenity 58)

Sutras

Opening Verse for 8th Fourweek (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 31): "Menju -- Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5.

Sutra Service
  • Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, p. 18.
  • Mangala Sutta, p. 18.
  • Yongjia's Song of Realizing the Dao, p. 19.
Closing Verse for 8th Fourweek (Mon Oct 4 - Sun Oct 31): "Hope in the Dark," p. 40.

To chant along with audio recording, find the recordings HERE.

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/

2021-09-06

Fall Week 1 & 2

Meeting BOTH in person AND on zoom.

Sep 25

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha 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

IN PERSON (only if you are fully vaccinated, please)
Room 43 at
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat Sep 25: Practice to be led by Meredith Hotetsu Garmon and Seth Zuiho Segall

Zoom with Boundless Way Zen Temple in Worcester, MA at any of these times:
Mon-Fri, 7:00-8:00
Tue, Thu, Sun, 19:00-20:00
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

Autumn Week 1:
Mon Sep 20 - Sun Sep 26


Reading

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness,
"Spiritual versus Material," pp. 74-81.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"A Non-Buddhist Questions Buddha"

Sutras

Dedication: Ancestor Dedication ("Dedication 2"), pp. 2-3.

Opening Verse for 7th Fourweek (Mon Sep 6 - Sun Oct 3): "Clear Mind," p. 5.

Sutra Service
  • Precepts, p. 6.
Closing Verse for 7th Fourweek (Mon Sep 6 - Sun Oct 3): "There is No End," p. 40.

To chant along with audio recording, find the recordings HERE.

Autumn Week 2:
Mon Sep 27 - Sun Oct 3


Reading

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness,
"Sitting Long Becomes Tiring," pp. 81-83.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"A Woman Comes Out of Samadhi"

Sutras

Opening Verse for 7th Fourweek (Mon Sep 6 - Sun Oct 3): "Clear Mind," p. 5.

Sutra Service
  • Liberation from All Obstructions, p. 8.
  • Xinxinming (Rhythmic), p. 8
Closing Verse for 7th Fourweek (Mon Sep 6 - Sun Oct 3): "There is No End," p. 40.

To chant along with audio recording, find the recordings HERE.

Upcoming

Next Online Sesshin


Fri Oct 1, 19:00 through Mon Oct 4, 12:30

Online Practice periods include Zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talk, dharma dialogue, and dokusan (interview with teacher).

Times of Online Practice:
Evening (19:00 - 20:30) -- Fri, Sat, Sun
Early Morning (7:00 - 8:30) -- Sat, Sun, Mon
Late Morning (10:30 - 12:30) -- Sat, Sun, Mon
Afternoon (14:30 - 16:00) -- Sat, Sun

See the flyer for this event HERE.
To register, go HERE.

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/

2021-08-21

Summer Week 10 & 11

Now meeting BOTH in person AND on zoom.

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha 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

IN PERSON (only if you are fully vaccinated, please)
Room 43 at
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat Aug 28: Practice to be led by Meredith Hotetsu 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 Summer Week 10:
Mon Aug 23 - Sun Aug 29

Reading

for Sat Aug 28
  • Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, "Rinzai's 'Buji' Zen," pp. 62-65.
Reading Schedule HERE

Raven Tale

Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement, p. 2
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges, p. 2
Opening Verse for 6th Fourweek (Mon Aug 9 - Sun Sep 5)
  • Dedication of Merit, p. 4
Sutra Service
  • Heart Sutra, p. 11.
  • Shitou's Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage, p. 29.
  • Torei's Bodhisattva's Vow, p. 29.
Closing Verse for 6th Fourweek (Mon Aug 9 - Sun Sep 5)
  • Your True Self is the World, p. 40
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42
To chant along with audio recording, find the recordings HERE.

For Summer Week 11:
Mon Aug 30 - Sun Sep 5

Reading

for Sat Sep 4
  • Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, "If This Was It," pp. 65-68.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

Sutras

Dedication
  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement, p. 2
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges, p. 2
Opening Verse for 7th Fourweek (Mon Sep 6 - Sun Oct 3)
  • Clear Mind, p. 5.
Sutra Service
  • Dahui's Prayer for Awakening, p. 31.
  • Who Own's the Weather? p. 31.
  • Kyodo's Healing Situated in Love, p. 32.
Closing Verse for 7th Fourweek (Mon Sep 6 - Sun Oct 3)
  • There is No End, p. 40.
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows, p. 42
To chant along with audio recording, find the recordings HERE.

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/

2021-08-02

Raven 183: Moving On

183 of 183

It's foolish to trust what isn't trustworthy. Chance you've got to take.

Case
Raven took her perch on the Assembly Oak and addressed a special meeting of the Tallspruce community, saying, “It’s time for me to be moving on.”
Porcupine asked, “Where will you be going?”
Raven said, “Where cedar roots stand bare in the creek.”
A hush fell over the circle. Grouse could be heard sniffling.
At last Porcupine asked, “Do you have any last words for us?”
Raven said, “Trust.”
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2021-07-26

Raven 182: Taking Over

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What kind of Zen do you teach, with your wiggling fingers and warm breath. What does your gait teach? Your smile, frown, shrug? You can make a guess, and even if there is some insight there, the Zen you teach will change.

Raven called Porcupine for a private meeting. “It’ll soon be time for me to be moving on. Are you up for taking over?”
Porcupine said, “It won’t be Raven Zen.”
Raven asked, “What kind of Zen will it be?”
Porcupine said, “Don’t touch.”
Raven said, “Exactly.”
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2021-07-19

Raven 181: Foresters

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All things are impermanent, yes. Don't let this obscure from you that you exist now; you have done things, and loved, and perhaps, for a bit longer, will continue to. It will eternally be the case that you were in this place at this time. You might leave behind some impress or bone that fossilizes, or you might not. Doesn't matter. Whether anyone in the future knows anything of it or not, it will always be true that you were here on this day, felt what you felt and did what you did.

Case
Owl spoke up the next evening and said, “I’ve been brooding about your remark to Mallard that the foresters are closing in. [#175] I think we aren’t facing things. It’s always been hard to find food and raise a family but now the forest is shrinking and folks like Wolverine can’t even find a mate.”
Raven said, “Yes.”
Owl said, “I feel despair about those foresters.”
Woodpecker interrupted and said, “The problem is that they aren’t really foresters.”
Raven said, “Yes.”
Owl asked, “What can be done?”
Raven did not respond, and the group was silent.
Finally Porcupine said, “Their children will remember us.”
Owl said, “Small comfort.”
Raven said, “Brontosaur lives.”
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2021-07-12

Raven 180: Wise Counsel

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We remember "great ones of the past" for our own purposes, not for theirs. We do not understand their deeds, but rather imagine ourselves doing them.
As for forgetting yourself: safety first!
Reality is made of nothing but gratitude and compassion.

Case
Mole continued pressing Raven. “How would you like to be remembered?”
Raven said, “If you can forget yourself even once, then I can be forgotten.”
Mole said, “I learned with my mother’s milk that if I forget myself even once, something will consume me.”
Raven said, “Wise counsel. Wise counsel.”
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2021-07-05

Raven 179: Last Will and Testament

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Love what is. That's all. Love what is and everything that brought it to be. Then your legacy, your will and testament, last and first, will be entirely gratitude.

Grammar purveys delusions: common nouns, that categories are real; past conditional modal verbs ("could have been"), that something that is, isn't necessarily. Reality knows no such.

Case
Mole and Woodpecker came together to see Raven one afternoon.
Mole said, "Woodpecker and I have been noticing that you're getting on in years, and wondering -- have you made your last will and testament?"
Raven said, "Thank you."
The three of them sat together silently for a while.
Then Woodpecker asked, "Looking back, is there anything you would like to have done differently?"
Raven said, "How could I?"
Mole asked, "Each time you decided which way to go. Are you sorry about any of those decisions?"
Raven said, "How could I?"
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2021-06-28

Raven 178: Zazen for the Young Ones

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"Tomorrow, after my death, some men may decide to establish Fascism, and the others may be so cowardly or so slack as to let them do so. If so, Fascism will then be the truth of man, and so much the worse for us." --Jean-Paul Sartre
Maybe no one's watching. Maybe you're not modeling anything for anyone. Maybe the Fascists take over, and your own child supports them. Even if no one is watching, that you bowed, that you practiced, that you sat and chanted and studied sutras, that you glimpsed your nature -- these will be eternal facts. They will be written in the book of reality, even if no one ever reads your page. Now, bow. Just bow in the knowledge that at that moment nothing else matters.

Case
One evening Badger asked, "Do you encourage the young ones to do zazen?"
Raven asked, "What happens when they see you sit down to practice?"
Badger said, "They go out to play."
Raven said, "Well?"
Badger said, "Maybe I can do something now, and later they will remember and take up the practice."
Raven said, "Bow."
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2021-06-21

Raven 177: Confidence

Zazen is the universal solvent. It's not that problems dissolve away in the sustained abiding in silence, but the problematicity of every problem dissolves.
Grouse came by one day for a private talk with Raven. She said, "My problem is that I have no confidence."
Raven said, "Aren't you quieter these days?"
Grouse said, "Yes. I guess I am."
Raven said, "There you go."
Grouse said, "I guess I can do it."
Raven said, "It's total silence that removes all doubt."
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2021-06-14

Raven 176: The Memorial Service

Death has to happen, and we have to mourn when it does. Do we need to blame? Sometimes it's functional. What about blaming (self or others) for blaming?
Badger's little daughter Furry was caught by Cougar and eaten. The Badger family went into mourning, and the community held a memorial service. Folks came forward and offered flowers at the altar and spoke. Cougar did not attend.
While folks were eating grubs and leavings after the service, Mole said to Badger, "I grieve at your loss, and I'm deeply upset with Cougar. To think that a member of our own community could do such a thing."
Badger said, "He didn't know. And I eat baby mice, after all."
Mole said, "Over at the Little Church in the Grotto they say the lion shall lie down with the lamb."
Raven sighed and said, "The raven, too."
Wolverine said, "I need my meat. I can't magine just eating grains and fruits like some of the birds around here."
Raven said, "Bushes and grasses are even slower."
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2021-06-07

Raven 175: Weird

Magpies -- and corvids generally, including ravens -- have a reputation for being attracted to shiny objects. It turns out that this reputation does not withstand empirical scrutiny. It isn't true.

Humans, however, are attracted to shiny objects. Is there a connection between that weird obsession and the diminishment of the Earth (foresters closing in)? If so, what does that mean for your practice?

Case
Mallard flew in one evening and reported, "Miners keep coming to Beaverdam to wash for gold. I think that's a pretty weird activity."
Raven said, "Magpies wouldn't think so."
Mallard said, "Magpies are weird."
Raven said, "The foresters are closing in, too."

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2021-05-31

Raven 174: Saved

"Beings are numberless; I vow to save them." What does this vow mean if some beings don't want to be saved? What if you yourself are among those who don't want to be saved?

Among other things, perhaps it means that the saving might want to be...how to say this?...gentle. Not covert, exactly, but not heavy-handed. Certainly, we don't "save" beings by enticing them to join our zen group. Generally.

Case
Woodpecker said, "We don't have a very big membership -- not like Stag Sensei's group. Their place is so crowded with folks that they're talking about enlarging it. What can we do to attract more members?"
Raven said, "The Blue Planet is only so big."
Woodpecker asked, "But what about our vow to save everybody?"
Raven said, "I don't want to be saved."

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2021-05-24

Raven 173: The Underlying Scheme

Why is Porcupine putting his question in the mouth of a hypothetical "student"? Why doesn't he just ask the question?

"Underlying scheme of things." Don't be silly. The scheme that underlies is the scheme that's right there on the surface. But tell me: is it the weather? Or is it idle chat about the weather?

Case
Porcupine, conferring with Raven privately, asked, "What if a student asks about the underlying scheme of things -- how would you respond?"
Raven said, "It's cooler tonight. It'll rain tomorrow."
Porcupine said, "Sometimes it rains after a hot spell."
Raven said, "We'll all take shelter with Mole and his family."

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2021-05-18

Spring Week 10 & 11

Now meeting BOTH in person AND on zoom.

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha 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

IN PERSON (only if you are fully vaccinated, please)
Room 43 at
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat May 29: Practice to be led by Meredith Hotetsu 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 Spring Week 10:
Mon May 24 - Sun May 30

Reading

for Sat May 29
  • Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, "What Is Meditation?" pp. 1-5.
Reading Schedule HERE

Week 10 Raven Tale

Week 10 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 May 17 - Sun Jun 13 (3rd Fourweek)
  • Coming and Going, p. 4
Sutra Service for Week 10 (AUDIO)
  • Heart Sutra, p. 11
  • Shitou's Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage, p. 29
  • Torei's Bodhisattva's Vow, p. 29
Closing Verse for Mon May 17 - Sun Jun 13 (3rd Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • The Necessity of Great Doubt, p. 39
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows

For Spring Week 11:
Mon May 31 - Sun Jun 6

Reading

for Sat Jun 5
  • Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, "Why Are We (Really) Meditating?" pp. 5-11
Reading Schedule HERE

Week 11 Raven Tale

Week 11 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 May 17 - Sun Jun 13 (3rd Fourweek)
  • Coming and Going, p. 4
Sutra Service for Week 11.A. (AUDIO)
  • A Blessing for the Journey, p. 30
  • Guidance in Shikantaza, p. 30
  • Sending and Receiving, p. 31
Closing Verse for Mon May 17 - Sun Jun 13 (3rd Fourweek) (AUDIO)
  • The Necessity of Great Doubt, p. 39
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows

Upcoming

Next Online 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

See the flyer for this event HERE.
To register, go HERE.

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/