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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October 2016 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for October :
Please note our Fall/Winter Programming returns this month – Yoga in Preparation for Sitting on the first two Sundays of each month and Text Study on the third Sunday of each month unless otherwise indicated.
 
Sun 10/02:  Yoga In Preparation for Sitting meets at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall at 7:00 PM.  Mark Aho will present tonight’s talk.
Sun 10/09:  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.
 
Sun 10/16:  Text Study will meet in Emerson Hall at 5:30 PM.  This will be our first session discussing Koun Yamada’sZen : The Authentic Gate.  Please read the Foreword, Prefaces, and Chapters 1-3 in adavnce.  David McMahan will facilitate tonight’s discussion.

Normal Sitting at 7:00 PM in Emerson Hall.  J.J. Ardnt will present tonight’s talk/reading.

 
Sun 10/23:  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Marti Early will present tonight’s talk/reading.
Sun 10/30 : Normal Sitting at 7:00 PM in Emerson Hall.  David McMahan will present tonight’s talk/reading.
Gassho,
David Ganse
Once in a while
I just let time wear on
leaning against a solitary pine
standing speechless,
as does the whole universe!
Ah, who can share
this solitude with me ?
    – Ryokan
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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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