January 2018 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for January :
Sun 01/07 : Our annual Holiday Coffee Hour/Book Exchange will take place at 6:00 PM in Emerson Hall. Sangha members are encouraged to bring books on Buddhism and meditation that they no longer want. Similarly, you are welcome to take any books that others bring. Everything is free and you do not have to bring a book to claim one.Coffee and tea will be served. Additional refreshments for the group are welcomed.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Mark Aho will present a reading from Thich Nhat Hanh.
Sun 01/14:  Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will meet in Founders Hall at 6:00 PM.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Marti Early will present tonight’s reading.
Sun 01/21 :  Text Study will meet in Emerson Hall at 5:30 PM to continue discussing Maezumi Roshi’s Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice. The January reading assignment is Chapters 12-16, the start of Part Two “The Great Matter”. Since the November meeting had low attendance, there will also be an opportunity to discuss the prior reading assignment of Chapters 6 – 11 (the conclusion of Part One “The Essence of Zen”) if anyone has questions on the topics covered. Sangetsu Sensei will facilitate our discussion.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 01/28 :  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).
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.
Gassho,
David Ganse
The teaching of the mind ground is the basis of Zen study. The mind ground is the great awareness of being as is.
    – Fayan Wenyi
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November 2017 Sitting Schedule

 

Sangha members and friends,
Following is our Sitting Schedule for November :
Sun 11/05 : Business Meeting at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall. We will discuss the formation of a board or advisory committee for Sangha governance. All are welcome to attend.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Mark Aho will present a reading from Thich Nhat Hanh.
** Please remember the Daylight Savings Time adjustment Sunday morning. Set your clocks back one hour. **
Sun 11/12:  Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will meet in Founders Hall at 6:00 PM.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Marti Early will present a reading from Charlotte Joko Beck.
Sun 11/19 :  Text Study in Emerson Hall at 5:30 PM.  We will be discussing Maezumi Roshi’s Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice.  The reading assignment is Chapters 6 -12 which concludes Part One “The Essence of Zen”. The chapters are very short so that is c. 26 pages.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 11/26 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s Dharma talk.
Gassho,
David Ganse
The practice of zazen is not for gaining a mystical something. Zazen is for developing – or allowing – a clear mind, as clear as a bright autumn sky.
    – Shunryu Suzuki
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August 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for August :
Sun 08/06 : 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.  Isshin will present tonight’s talk on his experiences at a recent retreat at Endless Mountain.
Sat 08/12 :  Zazenkai with Sensei Ed Sangetsu Sullivan, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  Please see prior e-mail for registration information and schedule.
Sun 08/13:  No Yoga or Sitting tonight due to the Zazenkai on Saturday.
Sun 08/20:  Business Meeting at 5:30 PM in Emerson Hall.  We will either discuss survey results (if available) or governance. All are welcome to attend.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Carmen Garcia-Armero will talk about her recent experience doing a 30 day retreat and how a longer retreat differs from a day, weekend, or weeklong retreat or sesshin.
Sun 08/27 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.   Marti Early will present tonight’s talk/reading.
Gassho,
David Ganse

Don’t move. Just die. Over and over.
Don’t anticipate. Nothing can save you now, because you have only this moment.
Not even enlightenment will help you now, because you have no other moments.
With no future, be true to yourself—and don’t move.

– Suzuki Roshi

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July 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for July :

PLEASE NOTE : We are now on a Summer schedule for Yoga in Preparation for Sitting (which will meet only on the 2nd Sunday of the month through September) and Text Study (which will meet occasionally for a video until we start a new book this Fall).

Sun 07/02 : Yoga In Preparation for Sitting will not meet this evening

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 07/09:  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. Andy Probolus will give tonight’s talk.

Sun 07/16 : Text Study will not meet.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Milt Macalek will present some short excerpts from the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell.

Sun 07/23 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s talk.

Sun 07/30 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Mark Aho will present tonight’s talk.

Gassho,

David Ganse

The real question is not whether life exists after death.

The real question is whether you are alive before death.

— Osho

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June 2017 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for June :

PLEASE NOTE : We are now on a Summer schedule for Yoga in Preparation for Sitting (which will meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month only through September) and Text Sudy (which will meet occasionally for a video until we start a new book this Fall).

Sun 06/04 : Yoga In Preparation for Sitting will not meet this evening

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.
Sun 06/11:  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 06/18 : Text Study will not meet.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Sangetsu Sensei will present tonight’s talk on some of his former and current training experiences.

PLEASE NOTE : There may be some change to our schedule this date due to a Web & Wheel group event also taking place at the church.
Sun 06/25 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Marti Early will present tonight’s talk.
Gassho,

David Ganse

Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars that you see.
You are still one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.

– Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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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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