Jun 22-28

Summer, week 1

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom every Saturday morning:
9:45a Eastern -- informal conversation
10:00a Eastern -- practice begins

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

Home Practice
  • Light a candle or stick of incense, or both
  • Three bows to Buddha
  • Gatha of Atonement (odd-numbered dates) or The Three Refuges (even-numbered dates);
  • Dedication + Opening Verse (use Sutra Book and audio below)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Sutra Service Readings (use Sutra Book and audio below)
  • Dharma Study (book or podcast, 15-30 mins)
  • Closing: Closing Verse; Four Bodhisattva Vows or Save All the Beings (use Sutra Book and audio below)
Sutra Book for printing (two-columned pages): CLICK HERE. Sutra Book for reading on your computer screen (one-column pages): CLICK HERE.
Page references are to the two-column version.

  • Gatha of Atonement (odd dates), or The Three Refuges (even dates), p. 1 (not on audio recording).
  • Dedication 1, p. 1; Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo, p. 3.
Audio player below or CLICK HERE.

  • 25 mins.
Sutra Service
  • Sutras for Jun 22-28: Week 1. (Precepts, p. 1.)
Audio player below or CLICK HERE.

Dharma Study
  • Book or podcast, 15-30 mins.
  • Three Prayers, p. 36; Save All the Beings, p. 38.
Audio player below or CLICK HERE.

This Week's Reading for Sat Jun 27
  • Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "Epilogue: Zen Mind." Reading Schedule HERE.
  • NEXT BOOK (starts in July): Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life. Order a copy now.
This Week's Raven Tale


I highly recommend Bryan Stephenson's book, Just Mercy, as well as the film of the same name about Stephenson's work. See my own writing about Stephenson and the issues he addresses, starting HERE.

Mike Fieleke, a Boundless Way Guiding Teacher, has done a lovely job of elucidating the connection between Zen practice and racial justice HERE.

On Fri Jun 19, the Guiding Teachers Council of Boundless Way Zen issued this letter responding to institutional racism:

We, the Guiding Teachers of Boundless Way Zen, grieve the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks. We also grieve the disproportionate suffering and death of people of color due to the coronavirus, which has exposed underlying inequities in our society. We recognize the deeply embedded and often violent ways systemic racism and white privilege deprive everyone of the justice, respect, and equal rights we have vowed to co-create with all beings.

We vow to practice the humility that is essential to listening deeply and that is the beginning of real and lasting change. We vow to investigate and transform our deluded views and blindnesses that maintain overt and systemic racism. We commit to continually awaken and grow on this journey toward liberation for all.

We stand in solidarity with those who have suffered racial violence and injustice, with all oppressed peoples, and with those who work for racial and environmental justice. Understanding that statements of solidarity must be accompanied by action, we vow to challenge the many ways in which institutions, including Zen groups, perpetuate a culture of oppression, segregation, and inequitable outcomes.

Today is Juneteenth, marking the 155th anniversary of the day when it was announced in Texas that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years before. While this is a day of celebration, it also serves as a reminder that there remains much progress to be made. As we hear the cries of the world, we recall our Bodhisattva vows to be of service in this burning world. In collaboration with other sangha members, we will soon begin a social justice group focused on how to be an active anti-racist, and we invite everyone to participate. We also share this reading list to help us begin to educate ourselves. We are committed to this ongoing collective practice of awakening and taking action for the liberation of all beings.

With deep bows of appreciation and shared sorrow,

Melissa Blacker, Roshi
David Rynick, Roshi
Bob Waldinger, Sensei
Michael Fieleke, Sensei

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