2022-06-12

Summer Week 1 & 2

Meeting in person and on zoom.

Sat Jun 25

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
Room 43 at
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY

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

Passcode: 468468

Sat Jun 25: Practice to be led by David Bauer

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

Sutra Book

Our Boundless Way Zen Westchester Sutra Book has been tweaked a bit in June. For the new Sutra Book CLICK HERE.

Summer Week 1:
Mon Jun 20 - Sun Jun 26


Reading

The Essential Dogen,
"Every Activity Is Sacred," pp. 19-21.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"Layman Pang's 'Beautiful Snowflakes'" (Blue Cliff Record #42)

Home Practice

The week of Jun 20-26, recite each day, Sutra Service 1 (pp. 6-7).
The Opening Verses are "4. Kanzeon Sutra" (p. 4) followed by the Opening Verse from the Day of Week Verses (p. 38).
The Closing Verses are "4. Three Prayers" (p. 39) followed by the Closing Verse from the Day of Week Verses (p. 38).

You can use provided audio files for your home sitting practice. Each file includes musical opening and closing verses with which to sing along, 25 minutes of silence, and bells to signal beginning and end of Zazen. In additions to these, the "Morn" practice (which, of course, can be used at any time of day) also includes Dedication, a timed period for kinhin, and gap for you to read the Sutra Service for the week before the closing verse.

Before Starting Audio:
  • Three bows to altar
  • Get Settled in seated posture. On your own, chant the Opening Verse, "4. Kanzeon Sutra" (p. 4).
  • Turn on audio (click on the above link)
Along with the recording:
  • Sing day of the week Opening Verse (p. 38).
  • Chant along with Dedication on p. 2 (following Odd-Numbered Days on Mon, Wed, Fri; following Even-Numbered Days on Sun, Tue, Thu); bow during the words that follow, and whisper your dedications, then chant along with the Universal Dedication ("All Buddhas throughout space and time . . . ")
  • 25-minutes of Zazen. The recording will ring two bells when the time is up.
If you're doing the "Eve" practice:
  • Sing along with the day of the week Closing Verse (p. 38).
  • Inkin bells at the end of the closing verse will signal you to rise, give one bow to the altar, and then a bow to the (imagined) sangha.
If you're doing the "Morn" practice:
  • Stand for Kinhin. Clappers will signal you the beginning and end of your 5-minute kinhin.
  • After Kinhin, take your seat, and read aloud the Sutra Service for this week. You can leave the audio going, as it has a gap of silence of about 15 minutes -- long enough for you to complete the Sutra Service.
  • When finished with the Sutras, advance the audio to the 45:00 point to sing along with the day of the week Closing Verse. Inkin bells at the end of the closing verse will signal you to rise, give one bow to the altar, and then a bow to the (imagined) sangha.
Monday
MORN
EVE

Tuesday
MORN
EVE

Wednesday
MORN
EVE

Thursday
MORN
EVE

Friday
MORN
EVE


Summer Week 2:
Mon Jun 27 - Sun Jul 3


Reading

The Essential Dogen,
"Robe," pp. 22-24.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"Zhongyi's 'Monkey'" (Book of Serenity #72)

Home Practice

The week of Jun 27-Jul 3, recite each day, Sutra Service 2.B (pp. 8, 9-11).
The Opening Verses are "4. Kanzeon Sutra" (p. 4) followed by the Opening Verse from the Day of Week Verses (p. 38).
The Closing Verses are "4. Three Prayers" (p. 39) followed by the Closing Verse from the Day of Week Verses (p. 38).

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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