May 2018 Sitting Schedule

Sun 05/06 : Bowing Practice meets at 6:00 PM in Emerson Hall.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Tonight, Sangetsu Sensei will continue a series of biweekly talks on the Sandokai.
Sun 05/13 : Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will not meet.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Marti Early will present tonight’s reading.

Sun 05/20 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Sangetsu Sensei will continue a series of biweekly talks on the Sandokai.

Sun 05/27 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Andy Probolus will do a reading from the “Song of the Grass Hut Hermitage” by Sekito Kisen.
Gassho,

David Ganse

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April 2018 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for April :
Sun 04/01 : No Sitting due to Easter.
Sun 04/08 : Yoga in Preparation for Sitting meets in Founders Hall at 6:00 PM.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Tonight, Sangetsu Sensei will begin a series of biweekly talks on the Sandokai.
Sun 04/15 :  Text Study will meet in Founders Hall at 5:30 PM to finish discussing Maezumi Roshi’s Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice. The April reading assignment is chapters 28 – 33, the second half of Part Three “Where Is the Hindrance?”. Sangetsu Sensei will facilitate the discussion.
Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.  Marti Early will give tonight’s talk – Greed, Anger, and Ignorance Rise Endlessly.
Sun 04/22 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Sangetsu Sensei will continue a series of biweekly talks on the Sandokai.
Sun 04/29 :  Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Andy Probolus will do a reading from the “Song of the Grass Hut Hermitage” by Sekito Kisen.
Gassho,
David Ganse
Just understand that birth-and-death is itself nirvana. There is nothing such as birth and death to be avoided; there is nothing such as nirvana to be sought. Only when you realize this are you free from birth and death.
    – Dogen
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March 2018 Sitting Schedule

Sangha members and friends,

Following is our Sitting Schedule for March :

Sun 03/04 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.

Sun 03/11: Due to scheduling conflicts, Yoga in Preparation for Sitting will not meet tonight.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Sangetsu Sensei will give tonight’s Dharma Talk.

Sun 03/18 : Text Study will meet in Founders Hall at 5:30 PM to continue discussing Maezumi Roshi’s Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice. The March reading assignment is chapters 23 – 27, the first half of Part Three “Where Is the Hindrance?”. Sangetsu Sensei will facilitate the discussion.

Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM. Isshin will present tonight’s talk.

Sun 03/25 : Normal Sitting in Emerson Hall will be held at 7:00 PM.

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

“Abstain from any action which does not do good, do not be attached to birth or death, be benevolent toward all living beings, respectful of elders and affectionate toward the young, without rejecting nor desiring anything, without developing thoughts or preoccupations, and you will be called a buddha. Look for nothing else.”

– Dogen

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Sitting Cancelled Sunday 02/04/18

Some areas are still seeing freezing rain, so Sitting is cancelled for tonight 02/04.

Our next gathering will be Saturday 02/10 for our Winter Zazenkai.

We will not meet next Sunday 02/11 due to the Zazenkai on Saturday. Our next Sunday Sitting will be 02/18. We will have Text Study at 5:30 PM, and a Fusatsu ceremony in lieu of our second Sitting period that night.

Gassho,

David Ganse

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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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