2022-01-17

Winter Week 5 & 6

Sat Jan 22
Zoom Only

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

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat Jan 22: Practice to be led by Meredith Hotetsu Garmon

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

Winter Week 5:
Jan 17-23


Reading

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness,
"A Prilgrimage," pp. 147-151.
Feb 12 will be our last day discussing Magid's book. NEXT BOOK: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"The National Teacher's Three Calls" (Gateless Gate 17)

Sutras

Opening Verse for 11th Fourweek (Mon Dec 27 - Sun Jan 23): "The Fruit of the Bodhisattva Way," p. 6.

Sutra Service 5
  • The Compassionate Heart of Wisdom, p. 16.
  • Harmony of Relative and Absolute, p. 17.
  • Song of Zazen, p. 17.
Closing Verse for 11th Fourweek (Mon Dec 27 - Sun Jan 23): "On Zen," p. 41.

Winter Week 6:
Jan 24-30


Reading

Barry Magid, Ending the Pursuit of Happiness,
"Angels," pp. 152-153.
Feb 12 will be our last day discussing Magid's book. NEXT BOOK: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"Nanyang and the Ten-Bodied Herdsman" (Blue Cliff Record 99)

Sutras

Opening Verse for 12th Fourweek (Mon Jan 24 - Sun Feb 20): "Into the Dark With Empty Hands," p. 6.

Sutra Service 6.B.
  • Great Doubt, p. 19.
  • Guidance in Zazen, p. 20.
Closing Verse for 11th Fourweek (Mon Jan 24 - Sun Feb 20): "Queen of the Lake of Awareness," p. 41.

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/

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