2022-09-06

Autumn 1 & 2

Boundless Way Zen Westchester
Meeting: Both in person and on Zoom.

Sat Sep 24
Special Saturday: We'll have our usual practice from 10 to Noon.
Then there's an Extended Special Practice Period from Noon to 4:00pm with guest teacher Nina Nagy.
The Extended Practice Period will be outdoors.
Our schedule for the extended practice time includes
- Body scan guided meditation
- Conversation about the Guided Meditation Experience
- Breath Counting Instructions and Guided Meditation
- Walking Meditation
- Conversation on the meaning of the "no self" teaching.
- Tea service


The usual 10-noon practice has this schedule:
(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
Community UU Congregation
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY 10605

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

Passcode: 468468

Sutra Book

Boundless Way Zen Westchester Sutra Book (revised 2022 Jul): HERE.

Home Practice

Audio files are available 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. 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. The "Eve" practice is more streamlined, without dedication, kinhin, or Sutra Service.

For the "Morn" Practice:
  • Before starting audio: Three bows to altar, get settled in seated posture; on your own, chant the Opening Verse (see below for the Opening Verse for the week)
  • Turn on audio for "Morn" (click on the appropriate link below)
  • 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 play three bells at the beginning of Zazen and two bells when Zazen time is up.
  • 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.
  • After the Sutra Service, continue with Closing Verse (see below for the Closing Verse for the week).
  • When finished with the Sutras (including Closing Verse) advance the audio to the 45:00 point and 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.
For the "Eve" Practice:
  • Get settled in seated posture.
  • Turn on audio for "Eve" (click on the appropriate link below)
  • Along with the recording, sing Day-of-the-Week Opening Verse (p. 38).
  • 25-minutes of Zazen. The recording will play three bells at the beginning of Zazen and two bells when Zazen time is up.
  • 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.
Monday
MORN
EVE

Tuesday
MORN
EVE

Wednesday
MORN
EVE

Thursday
MORN
EVE

Friday
MORN
EVE

All BoWZ Westchester Audio files (including Sutra Service recordings): HERE

Autumn Week 1:
Mon Sep 19 - Sun Sep 25


Reading

The Essential Dogen,
"Trust," pp. 73-75.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"Shizu Does Not Understand" (Book of Serenity #93)

This week (Sep 19-25), recite each day, Sutra Service 1 (pp. 6-7).
with Opening Verses, "7. Clear Mind" (p. 4) followed by the Day-of-the-Week Opening Verse (p. 38).
and Closing Verses, "7. There Is No End" (p. 40), followed by the Day-of-the-Week Closing Verse (p. 38).

Autumn Week 2:
Mon Sep 26 - Sun Oct 2


Reading

The Essential Dogen,
"Women," pp. 76-81.
Reading Schedule HERE

Koan

"Luzu Faces the Wall" (Book of Serenity #23)

This week (Sep 26 - Oct 2), recite each day, Sutra Service 2.A (pp. 8-9).
with Opening Verses, "7. Clear Mind" (p. 4) followed by the Day-of-the-Week Opening Verse (p. 38).
and Closing Verses, "7. There Is No End" (p. 40), followed by the Day-of-the-Week Closing Verse (p. 38).

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