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May '20 Newsletter

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.

– Thích Nhat Hanh



Announcements


While much of the state of Nebraska will be easing directed health measures in the coming weeks, please note that the Lincoln Zen Center will remain temporarily closed in light of current health concerns surrounding COVID-19. Watch for additional updates to our meditation schedule in upcoming newsletters.

As we continue practicing in these uncertain times, join us for meditation online on Zoom at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Meditation will include one 25-minute sit followed by a five-minute walking meditation. Please note that our meditations on Zoom will require a password for privacy. Join us by clicking the following Zoom link at 6 p.m. each Wednesday, including May 6:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79822635547?pwd=aEswTUZ4UjhjbXltdEVTWExEUEZFQT09

Meeting ID: 798 2263 5547
Password: 9r2Ycp

UPDATED CHANTS

As a reminder, please note that meditation at the Zen Center will now involve reciting the Verse Of Atonement before the first seated meditation:

(recited three times, hands in Gassho)
ALL MY ANCIENT TWISTED KARMA
FROM BEGININNGLESS GREED, HATE AND DELUSION
BORN OF BODY, SPEECH, AND MIND,
I NOW FULLY ATONE.

Following seated meditation and before the dharma reading, we will recite the Verse Before The Dharma Talk:

(recited three times, hands in Gassho)
THE DHARMA IS VAST AND SUBTLE
WE NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO HEAR IT,
STUDY IT, AND PRACTICE IT.
WE VOW TO REALIZE ITS TRUE MEANING.

Before closing each meditation session, we recite the Four Bodhisattva Vows:

(recited three times, hands in Gassho)
CREATIONS ARE NUMBERLESS,
I VOW TO FREE THEM.
DELUSIONS ARE INEXHAUSTIBLE,
I VOW TO TRANSFORM THEM.
REALITY IS BOUNDLESS,
I VOW TO PERCEIVE IT.
THE AWAKENED WAY IS UNSURPASSABLE,
I VOW TO EMBODY IT.

 The Four Bodhisattva Vows will be followed by the Evening Verse, recited once by the doan:

LET ME RESPECTFULLY REMIND YOU:
LIFE AND DEATH ARE OF SUPREME IMPORTANCE.
TIME PASSES SWIFTLY BY AND OPPORTUNITY IS LOST
LET US AWAKEN, AWAKEN - TAKE HEED
DO NOT SQUANDER YOUR LIFE

Your donation of $5~$10 each time keeps the Zen Center open.  We appreciate your donation. You can make a donation at the following PayPal link:

https://paypal.me/LZCNE2020?locale.x=en_US



Cancellations
Due to weather related issues and other reasons, meditation or events (listed in this bulletin) may be canceled occasionally. If you are on our Facebook page, please check for announcements. Additionally, we will attempt to send out a special email ahead of time.
 
Please contact us for any questions about the schedule and other events
 

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DANA [DAH-nah] (Donations)


Your donation of $5~$10 each time keeps our door open.  We appreciate your donation.


RYAKU FUSATSU


Monthly on announced Sundays, see calendar on webpage.
We repent and renew our vows through this monthly traditional Buddhist practice.

 
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