No Sitting Easter Sunday 04/16/17

Due to a lack of positive responses regarding meeting this coming (Easter) Sunday, Sitting is cancelled for 04/16.

We will resume our regular schedule on 04/23.

Gassho,

David Ganse

 

I beg to urge you, everyone:

life-and-death is a grave matter,

all things pass quickly away;

each of you must be completely alert:

never neglectful, never indulgent.

– Alternate rendering of the Evening Gatha

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April 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for April :
PLEASE NOTE : Several programs may be adjusted or rescheduled this month. Please watch for future announcements.
Sun 04/02 : Yoga in Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Tonight our reading will be from the Tibetan tradition concerning resistance to liturgy and ritual practices.
Sun 04/09:  Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Marti Early will present tonight’s reading/talk.
Sun 04/16:  Easter Sunday.  Sitting to be determined.  Text Study will not meet irregardless.
Sun 04/23 : A Sangha Business meeting will be held in Emerson Hall at 5:30 PM.  This meeting is open to everyone who attends Sitting. Tonight we will continue discussing a revised mission statement as a guide for future direction and governance of the Sangha.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Sangetsu Sensei will present a Dharma Talk on Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun (“Instructions to the Cook”).
Sun 04/30 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Isshin will present tonight’s talk.
Gassho,
David Ganse

Walls and fences cannot instruct the grasses and trees to actualize spring, yet they reveal the spiritual without intention, just by being what they are. So too with mountains, rivers, sun, moon, and stars.

    – Dogen
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March 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for March :
PLEASE NOTE : Beginning this month we will switch to 30 minute Sitting periods.
Sun 03/05 : Yoga in Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Tonight Ken and Diana Delucca will begin a series of four consecutive weekly readings from Finding Stability in Turbulence : Meditating When Things Get Tough by Michael Stone.
For your reference during these talks here are the four
downloaded transcripts from https://tricycle.org/
Michael-Stone-Week-2Michael-Stone-Week-3Michael-Stone-Week-4Michael-Stone-Week-1
Sun 03/12:  Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 03/19:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  We will continue discussing Zen: The Authentic Gate by Koun Yamada.  The February reading assignment is Chapters 11 “Belief, Practice, Understanding, Realization, and Personalization”, 12 “Eight Great Tenets of Mahayana Buddhism”, and 13 “On Private Interview”.  Sangetsu Sensei will facilitate our conversation.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 03/26 :  A Sangha Business meeting will be held in Emerson Hall at 6:00 PM.  This meeting is open to everyone who attends Sitting and we hope to gain feedback from people with a range of practice, and Red Rose Sangha, experience.  Tonight we will be discussing a revised mission statement as a guide for future direction and governance of the Sangha.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Gassho,
David Ganse
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February 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for February :

PLEASE NOTE : Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will not meet in February due to scheduling conflicts. It will return to a regular schedule in march.

Sun 02/05 : Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will not meet this evening.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. As part of our Sitting tonight, a bead ceremony will be conducted to recognize those Sangha members who have recently completed the 108 practice (Sitting 1 hour a day for 108 consecutive days).

Sun 02/12: Yoga In Preparation for Sitting will not meet this evening.

A Sangha Business meeting will be held in Emerson Hall at 6:00 PM. This meeting is open to everyone who attends Sitting and we hope to gain feedback from people with a range of practice, and Red Rose Sangha, experience. We will discuss the possibility of changing to 30 minute Sitting periods, whether and how to introduce additional sutras to the Sangha, and how we chant/repeat certain elements of the liturgy.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Tonight, Sangetsu Sensei will lead our annual Metta meditation during the second Sitting period. We will have handouts available for those who wish to incorporate this into their home practice.

Sun 02/19: Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall. We will continue discussing Zen: The Authentic Gate by Koun Yamada. The February reading assignment is Chapters 11 “Belief, Practice, Understanding, Realization, and Personalization” and 12 “Eight Great Tenets of Mahayana Buddhism”. David McMahan will facilitate our conversation.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Milt Machalek will present tonight’s talk “Zen Sound Bites”.

Sat 02/25 : Zazenkai with Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan and special guest John Ango Gruber from Soji Zen Center, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. A separate e-mail to follow will contain registration information and the day’s schedule.

Sun 02/26 : No Sitting tonight due to Zazenkai on Saturday.

Gassho,
David Ganse

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January 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for January :
Sun 01/01 :  Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will not meet.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall at 7:00 PM.
Sun 01/08:  Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.   In lieu of the second round of Sitting we will have our second annual Fusatsu Ceremony of atonement and vow renewal.
Tonight starts our annual January collection to benefit the Unitarian Church.
Sun 01/15:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  We will resume discussing Zen : The Authentic Gate by Koun Yamada. The reading assignment will be Chapters 8 “Depth of Enlightenment”, 9 ” Cause and Effect as One”, and 10 “Deceptive Phenomena”.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 01/22:   Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Mark Aho will present tonight’s talk.
Sun 01/29:  Sangha business meeting at 6:00 PM in Emerson Hall.  We will discuss the possibility of 30 minute Sitting periods, whether and how to introduce new sutras and chants to the group, and other elements of liturgy.  Those unable to attend will still be able to express their input beforehand.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Ken Delucca will present the first of four talks he and Diana will share over the next few months from Michael Stone’s recent Tricycle video series “Finding Stability in Turbulence: Meditating When Things Get Tough”.
This is the last Sunday of our annual collection to benefit the Unitarian Church.
Gassho,
David Ganse
Zen is really just a reminder to stay alive and be awake.  We tend to daydream all the time, speculating about the future and dwelling in the past.  Zen practice is about appreciating your life in this moment.  If you are truly aware of five minutes a day, then you are doing pretty well.  We are beset by both the future and the past, and there is no reality apart from the here and now.
  – Peter Matthiessen
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December 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for December :
Sun 12/04 :   Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting at 7:00 PM in Emerson Hall.  Milt Machalek will present tonight’s talk, “Writing as Part of Practice – Some Poems”.
Sun 12/11 :   Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting at 7:00 PM in Emerson Hall. Marti Early will present tonight’s reading from Sogyal Rinpoche’s Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, from the chapter on “Heart advice for helping the dying.”
Sun 12/18:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall. We will continue discussing Zen: The Authentic Gate by Koun Yamada.  The December reading assignment is Chapters 6 “Koan Practice and Just Sitting” & 7 “Finding an Authentic Teacher”. David McMahan will facilitate our conversation.
Normal Sitting will be held at 7:00 PM.   For the tenth time, as part of our final sitting of the calendar year, we will have our annual Remembrance Ceremony.  This moving ceremony allows Sangha members the opportunity to light a candle and remember the significant people in their lives who have passed on in 2016 as well as previous years.
Sun 12/25 : No Sitting due to Christmas/Church closed.
If winter weather affects our plans for Sitting, an e-mail message to the group is the primary way we communicate a cancellation.  We generally consider alterations the Church makes to its schedule and the parking situation around the Church in weighing whether to cancel Sitting.  If you ever have any question about whether we are meeting, you may also contact me at 299-0170.
Gassho,
David Ganse
However deep your
Knowledge of the scriptures,
It is no more than a strand of hair
In the vastness of space;
However important appears your worldly experience,
It is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.
    – Tokusan
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November 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for November :
Sun 11/06:  Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall at 7:00 PM.
Sat 11/12 : Zazenkai with Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  Please see separate e-mail to follow for registration information and schedule.
 
Sun 11/13:  No Yoga or Sitting due to Zazenkai on Saturday.
Sun 11/20:  Text Study will meet in Emerson Hall at 5:30 PM.  We will continue our discussion of Koun Yamada’s Zen : The Authentic Gate.  The reading assignment is Chapters 4 “The Three Great Aims of Zen” and 5 “Types of Zen Practice”.  Sengetsu Sensei will facilitate our discussion.
Normal Sitting at 7:00 PM in Emerson Hall.  As part of their Neighboring Faiths curriculum, members of the UUCL Middle School RE class will join us tonight for the first part of the evening.  Evann Hawley will present a talk designed with our visitors in mind.
Sun 11/27 : This evening we will have our annual free book exchange and holiday coffee hour starting at 6:00 PM in Emerson Hall.  Please bring any books on Buddhism and meditation that you no longer want and share them with other members.  Coffee and tea will be served. Donations of baked goods, etc. for the group to share are appreciated.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Gassho,
David Ganse
The universality of change, when completely understood, is the seeing into the heart of all things, and the Mind that truly understands is the Mind that truly seeks the way.
    – Nagarjuna
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