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The Brahmaviharas or Four Divine Abodes

 
Metta: goodwill – desire for the welfare and happiness of all beings (opposite: ill will).
Karuna: compassion – empathy with the suffering of others and the desire to remove the suffering (opposite: cruelty).
Mudita: appreciative joy – joy produced by others’ success and good fortune (opposite: envy, discontent, aversion).
Upekkha: equanimity – impartiality towards living beings (opposite: attachment and resentment).
     
The brahmaviharas, or the divine abodes, may be expressed as follows:

~ May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. ~

~ May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. ~

~ May all beings never be separated from the supreme joy that is beyond all sorrow. ~

~ May all beings abide in equanimity free from attachment and aversion. ~

 
Dharma Blog
by Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center
Equanimity: Walking the Tight Rope with a Grandmother's Heart

'...one of the things I have learned from being a long time Zen practitioner is the gift of the “grandmother’s heart.” Eihei Dogen puts it this way: “You can understand all of Buddhism, but you cannot go beyond your abilities and your intelligence unless you have robaishin, grandmother heart/mind, the heart/mind of great compassion.”’

 

 

Zoom link for Wednesday meditation

The Lincoln Zen Center remains temporarily closed in light of current health concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

In the meantime, 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. Join us on Wednesdays by clicking the  Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 737 6491 6452
Passcode: j36MAJ


Monday Evening Online Meditation

We started offering an additional online meditation every Monday at 6pm in the same format as the Wednesday evening online meditation.  The Zoom link will be announced prior to the meditation. 

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

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