Watercolor painting by an inmate at the NE Penitentiary
Members of our center have been supporting the Buddhist meditation group at the NE Penitentiary by volunteering at their weekly group sitting as well as donating Buddhist books. We have become good spiritual friends. It's a great opportunity to let go of our judgements and see the Buddha nature in everyone. There is no time commitment to volunteer to sit with them. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email the center and we will help you start the application process.
Next Book Study "Platform Sutra"
The next book study will start on Tuesday, 1/24 - meditation at 6:30 pm and meeting at 7 pm. It will be both in-person and on Zoom. We will study the Platform Sutra, recorded teachings by the sixth ancestor in the Chinese Chan lineage (Zen is a Japanese descendant of Chinese Chan). Click here to register.
We encourage you to read it prior to the 1st book study meeting. Here is a PDF of the stura, or you can listen to it on YouTube here.
Lunar New Year Extended Sit on Sunday 1/22
Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in Asia and it falls on Sunday, 1/22 this year. We will celebrate it at the zen center by extending regular Sunday session from 1 sit to 3 sits starting at 10:30 am as usual, plus a special reading from the Lotus sutra and end with the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony. You are welcome to bring some treats as offering and share with the sangha in our tea time after the ceremony.
In-person + Zoom Practice
The center has re-opened for in-person group practice (masks are optional). Zoom access will continue to be provided for most sessions (see below). All sessions are donation based; your generosity keeps our door open.
5:30 PM Beginner's Instruction (no need to register, just show up by 5:30 PM)
6 PM zazen (sit) and kinhin (walk). Zoom Link Here
Dharma Relief 2 (DR2): “Healing Racial Trauma Through Buddhist Communities"
This DR2 project is the first of its kind, providing support for Black dharma teachers so they can better serve their communities, bringing the benefits of Buddhadharma to heal suffering. We’re doing something that no dharma centers or communities are doing as a collective project. after two years of meetings and discussions, we’re finally at a good place with mutual understanding and trust. I invite you all to be part of this meaningful effort.
It is in the final stretch of its 2022 fundraising goals so that it can begin to make fellowships to Black Dharma teachers at the beginning of 2023.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, gifts to DR2 will be matched up to $10,000. That means $10,000 in gifts will provide $20,000 towards our fundraising goal. We can achieve our goals by year-end with your support.