Spring Week 8 & 9

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

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat May 15: 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 Spring Week 8:
Mon May 10 - Sun May 16


for Sat May 15
  • The Saturday Talk will address the readings in the week's Sutra Service: "Bussho," "Self-Receiving Samadhi," and "Shoji."

Week 8 Raven Tale

Week 8 Sutras

  • 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 8.A.
  • Bussho -- "Buddha Natrue," p. 22
  • Self-Receiving Samadhi, p. 23
  • Shoji -- "Birth and Death," p. 23
Closing Verse for Mon Apr 19 - Sun May 16 (2nd Fourweek)
  • Spring Everywhere, p. 39
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

For Spring Week 9:
Mon May 17 - Sun May 23


for Sat May 22
  • Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness, "Introduction: If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It," pp. ix-xvi.

Week 9 Raven Tale

Week 9.A. Sutras

  • For odd-numbered days, begins with Gatha of Atonement 
  • For even-numbered days, begins with The Three Refuges
Opening Verse for Mon May 17 - Sun Jun 13 (3rd Fourweek)
  • Coming and Going, p. 4
Sutra Service for Week 9.A.
  • Fukanzazengi, p. 26
  • Raihai Tokuzui, p. 26
  • Shinjin Gakudo, p. 27
  • Kaiin Zanmai, p. 27
Closing Verse for Mon May 17 - Sun Jun 13 (3rd Fourweek)
  • The Necessity of Great Doubt, p. 39
  • The Four Bodhisattva Vows


Next Book

Starting Mon May 17, we'll be reading:
Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide
See: Reading Schedule

Next Online Sesshin

Reserve the weekend, and stay tuned for information on how to register.
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

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.

  • 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

Hudson River Zen Center:

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM

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