August 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for August :
Sun 08/07 : 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.  Isshin will present tonight’s talk.
Sat 08/13 :  Zazenkai with Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  Please see prior e-mail for registration information and schedule.
Sun 08/14 :  No Yoga or Sitting tonight due to the Zazenkai on Saturday.
Sun 08/21:  No Text Study this month.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. EvAnn Hawley will present tonight’s talk on her experiences at the combined Summer Sesshin in Haverford.

Sun 08/28 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.   J.J. Arndt will present tonight’s reading.
All dana donations in August will help fund food and supplies for the Crispus Attucks meals taking place on September 24th and 25th.
Gassho,
David Ganse
What are your bags of treasures? Whatever they are, you’ve got to unload the pack, put it down, take off the blinders, strip everything away, and get to what has always been there – the ground of being, beyond the conditioning, beyond words, beyond Buddhism and buddha nature.  Where is that ? What is that ? See it, and then live it.
    – John Daido Loori
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June 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for June :
As a reminder, Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will not meet this month.
Sun 06/05 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s Dharma Talk.
Sun 06/12 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Marti Early will present tonight’s reading.
This weekend will also be the Unitarian Church’s quarterly turn serving dinner at the Crispus Attucks Community Center in Lancaster.  A number of Sangha members have assisted with these meals previously.
Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday to help with food prep (4:30 PM – 6:00 PM) as well as service and clean-up (5:00 PM – 6:30 PM).  Please contact Margie Hall at 627-0193 or hallsoflititz@dejazzd.com to volunteer.
Sun 06/19:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  Please read Section 5, “Wherever You Are, Enlightenment is There”, of Shunryu Suzuki’s Not Always So prior to the meeting.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  J.J. Arndt will present tonight’s reading.
Fri 06/24 – Tue 06/28 :  Red Rose Sangha members are welcome to participate in the Summer Sesshin at St. Raphaela Center in Haverford PA.  Red Rose, Flowing River, Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha, and Soji Zen Center members will take part.
A variety of participation options are available.  For more information, please speak with Ed or see the attached document.
Sun 06/26:  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Gassho,
David Ganse
Woodcutters and fishermen know just how to use things.
What would they do with fancy chairs and meditation platforms ?
In straw sandals and with a bamboo staff, I roam three thousand worlds,
Dwelling by the water, feasting on the wind, year after year.
    – Ikkyu
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May 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for May :
Sun 05/01 : 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.  Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s Dharma Talk on “A Reconsideration of the Precepts.”
Sun 05/08 :  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.

Sun 05/15:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  Please read Section 5, “Wherever You Are, Enlightenment is There”, of Shunryu Suzuki’s Not Always So prior to the meeting.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Marti Early will present tonight’s talk on Presence.
Fri 05/20 – Sun 05/22 :  Red Rose Sangha members are welcome to participate in the Zen Community of Baltimore’s Spring Sesshin.  It will be held from Friday evening 05/20 through Sunday lunchtime 05/22/16 at Holy Trinity Spiritual Center in Pikesville Maryland. Weekend, Day, and commuter options are available.
As part of this weekend Sesshin, two Red Rose members – Maureen Corwin and Mark Aho – will formally take Precepts on Saturday evening of the retreat.
For more information, please speak with Ed; to register please e-mail register@zcbclaresangha.org.
Sun 05/22 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Andrew Bishop will share another short section from Ben Conelly’s commentaries on Shitou’s “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage”.
Sun 05/29 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Gassho,
David Ganse
Who would deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space ?
    – D.T. Suzuki
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April 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for April :
Sun 04/03 : 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 talk on Presence.
Sun 04/10 :  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. Mark Aho will present tonight’s talk.
Sun 04/17:  Text Study has been rescheduled for 04/24.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Noel Heitmann will present tonight’s talk entitled “Why Are We Here ?”.
Sun 04/24 :  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  Please read Section 5, “Wherever You Are, Enlightenment is There”, of Shunryu Suzuki’s Not Always So prior to the meeting.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s Dharma Talk on “A Reconsideration of the Precepts.”
Gassho,
David Ganse
Bodhidharma said that invocation is not about chanting words or sounds.  You invoke with the mind.  You do liturgy with the mind.  You do zazen with the mind.  When you enter the mind of zazen you enter a sacred space.  It doesn’t matter if you are sitting on top of a mountain, in a zendo, or in the middle of 42nd Street and Broadway.  It doesn’t matter what activity you are doing.  The mind of zazen always opens a sacred space.  It is in that sacred space that the dharani* and the dharma exist.
    – John Daido Loori
* A dharani is a collection of sounds similar to a mantra that’s used to invoke a particular energy or state of mind, i.e. a healing dharani.
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March 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
 
Following is our Sitting Schedule for March : 
Sun 03/06 : 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 03/13:  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 03/20:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  Please read Section 5, “Wherever You Are, Enlightenment is There”, of Shunryu Suzuki’s Not Always So prior to the meeting.  
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s Dharma talk.
 
Sun 03/27 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
     
Gassho,
David Ganse
 
 
Zen Buddhism focuses on the Buddha’s teachings about direct realization. Buddha used his wisdom to come up with skillful means to help us go about liberating ourselves. Zazen is the most direct path, but because we all have other obligations to fulfill, the Buddha taught how we can maximize each sitting: practice awareness every moment of the day. In a way, it is a waste of time to sit on the cushion if we are not also practicing being attentive, awake, and conscious the rest of the day. By practicing awareness throughout the day, our zazen and our daily life will reap the rewards. 
    – Dennis Genpo Merzel
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February 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for February :
Sun 02/07 : 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 talk.
Sun 02/14:  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 02/21:  Text Study meets at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  Please read Section 4, “Not Always So”, of  prior to the meeting.
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.
Sat 02/27 :  Zazenkai with Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  A separate e-mail to follow will contain registration information and the day’s schedule.
Sun 02/28 :  No Sitting tonight due to Zazenkai on Saturday.
Gassho,
David Ganse
There is nothing to hang on to. The path emerges from a personal, surprisingly innate sense of direction and not from what’s expected of us by those who supposedly know better. Staying awake means continually reevaluating the ground on which we walk. Buddha wasn’t trying to be humble when he told us to think for ourselves; it’s the very essence of his teaching…
    – Steven Schettini
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Sunday Sitting Cancelled 01/24/16

Due to the winter storm forecast worsening, Sitting is cancelled for this Sunday 01/24.

Our annual Fusatsu ceremony will be rescheduled for next Sunday 01/31.

Please be safe.

Gassho,

David Ganse

Foothills beneath

a deepening pall of snow

as twilight falls.

Far away in a cedar grove

the muffled boom of a bell.

– Shinkei

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