NOVEMBER 2009, Vol. 1 No.10
SUNDAY SCHEDULE CHANGE:
Beginning this Sunday November 1st we will use the following schedule for our Sunday services:
8:30-Intro to Zen (for all first-timers)
Noon-End of Day
And don't forget we return to Eastern Standard Time this weekend.
November arrives bringing colder air and fewer leaves on the
trees. The banner image above reminds us that even this is impermanent as
warmer weather will come in just a few more months. Later this month we will celebrate one of the most important
events in our Sangha, the jukai. This event culminates weeks of sewing of a
rakasu or miniature Buddha's robe by several of our Sangha members guided by
our teacher, Rev. Kyoki Roberts, and senior priest, Rev. Jisen Coghlan. Upon
completion of their work, the Sangha members will give the small robes (or
rakusu) to Kyoki for completion by adding calligraphy, a Buddhist name, and her
official stamps on the underside. As these members receive the finished rakusu they also take the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts vowing among other things to continue
practicing the Way.
Please join us for this special ceremony, which will be
followed by a pot-luck lunch.
(Banner photo credit: Sangha member Tony Roscoe photographed this Sukhothai-style walking Buddha on the grounds of the Lyon Arboretum of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.)
Beginning a Zen practice can be really difficult. We recommend you meet with either Rev. Jisen Coghlan (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Rev. Kyoki Roberts, (email@example.com
) for practice instruction. They are usually available Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm.
|WEEKLY ZAZEN SCHEDULE:
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before starting time.
- Deep Spring Temple: 124 Willow Ridge Road Sewickley, PA 15143 (map)
- Mattress Factory: 505 Jacksonia Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (directions)
- Zen Friends: 4836 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (map)
|DEEP SPRING TEMPLE:
- Precept Renewal (Ryaku Fusatsu): Tuesday, November 3; 6:00-7:00pm
- This evening of the full moon ceremony offers practitioners an opportunity to renew their commitment to the sixteen Bodhisattva precepts. All are welcome to attend!
- Read more about Ryaku Fusatsu here.
- Lay Initiation or Zaike Tokudo: Sunday, November 15; 9:00am
- In this public ceremony, practitioners who have sewn a Buddha's robe (or rakusu), formally receive the sixteen bodhisattva precepts and vow to live their lives in accord with them. Everyone is welcome to attend.
- More information on Zaike Tokudo can be found at the following links:
- ZCP Closed: Wednesday - Friday, November 25 - 27
- We are closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Rohatsu Sesshin: Tuesday - Monday, December 1 - 7
- Join us for this traditional 7-day
retreat commemorating the enlightenment of the Buddha. We will be
returning to our home temple in Omaha again this year to practice with Kyoki's teacher, Nonin Chowaney. Some of us fly and some of us drive. (Driving
takes about 16 hours.) Nonin allows people to sit any part of the
sesshin one would like. Kyoki will be driving out, leaving the 29th of
November and returning on the 9th of December. Please let her know if
you wish to participate and if you will drive or fly by calling the temple or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are
gone, Deep Spring Temple remains open and follows our normal schedule.
- Wednesday evening zazen; 6:00pm-7:15pm. Friends Meeting House (map).
- Tuesday morning zazen; 7:00am-7:40pm. Mattress Factory (map).
By Sangha Member Mimi Jong
October 27, 2006
Getting to Know Zero
What is Zero?
When it is not plus or minus, it is Zero.
When it is not yin or yang, it is Zero.
When it is not male or female, it is Zero.
When it is not this or that, it is Zero.
Ah, Zero is something we can't define.
Is Zero emptiness?
Is Zero in the gap, like
Between each moment?
Let's zero-in Zero:
But there is nothing to zero-in!
This starts to sound like a koan:
What is MU?!
Ah, Zero is potential.
Zero can be anything,
Zero can be everything!
If I get to know Zero,
I get to know potential!
Now, what is potential?
Is potential between thoughts?
Oops, I am back to where I started!
I guess this is Zero!
|UNTIL NEXT TIME:
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