May 18-24

Spring, week 9

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom at 10:00 Eastern every Saturday morning:

Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

This Week's Chants -- Mon May 18 - Sun May 24.
We have a new Sutra Book, significantly expanded!
For printing (two-columned pages): CLICK HERE
For reading on your computer screen (one-column pages): CLICK HERE
Page numbers below refer to the two-column version:
  • Opening: #3 The Three Refuges, p. 3
  • 9.A., p. 24: Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, Mangala Sutta, Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, Coming and Going, pp. 24-25.
  • Closing: #3 The Necessity of Great Doubt, p. 36, The Four Bodhisattva Vows
Some additional texts as well as a Quarterly Study Schedule are included in this addendum: CLICK HERE.

Home Practice Format, with recordings for chanting along with.
-Lighting the Flame (light a candle -- also, if desired, a stick of incense)
-Three bows to Buddha (a statue or image representing awakened nature)
-Opening Recitation: "Universal Dedication" and "The Three Refuges"
(Audio player below or CLICK HERE.)

-Sit (set a timer for 15 to 30 mins)
-Sutra Service: Chant along the 9.A. Readings on this Recording
(Audio player below or CLICK HERE.)

-Closing: "The Necessity of Great Doubt" and "The Four Bodhisattva Vows"
(Audio player below or CLICK HERE.)

Bonus: Here's the sung version of one of this week's chants: "Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva" recorded by the Great Vow Zen Monastery Quartet.

This Week's Reading for Sat May 23
  • Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "Experience, Not Philsophy." Reading Schedule HERE.
This Week's Raven Tale
This Week's Koan
This Week's Practice: Hands Practice.

Feel your hands with your hands. Bring all your attention to your hands. What sensations do you get from them? Notice how the sensations shift and change. What are the sensations like? Investigate! Investigate!

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