"One of the basic prerequisites for Zen experience is for the practice to become single-mindedly pure. . . . To practice true Zen meditation means to sit without the slightest thought about awakening. We must put aside all other matters and throw our entire mind and body into our practice." --Koun YamadaSaturday Zen: Sat Feb 2, 10:00 - 11:45am
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY
Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon
Morning Zen. Tue - Fri, 6:00-7:15am, at the Parsonage, Basement Zendo. SEE HERE.
Chants for Mon Jan 28 - Sun Feb 3:
- Actualizing Fundamental Reality, part 4, p. 43
- Only Buddha and Buddha, parts 2, 3, 4, p. 47
- Opening: Seeking with Empty Hands, p. 24; Bodhisattva's Prayer, p. 32
- Closing: Sending-and-Receiving, p. 74
- Primary Reading: Koun Yamada, Zen: The Authentic Gate, Ch. 4a, "The Three Great Aims of Zen," 1st half, pp. 39-49.
- Optional Secondary Reading: Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds, Ch. 30, "Bamboo Forest," p. 193.
This Week's Raven Tale: #89, Honesty -- HERE
This Week's Koan: Blue Cliff Record #66, Yantou Laughed Loudly -- HERE
Video: Ryoun Yamada (son of Koun Yamada) discusses Zen practice and the Zen Center of the Phillipines -- HERE (4:56)