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Living by Vow
~ Shohaku Okumura

Part of the definition of a bodhisattva is a person who lives by vow instead of by karma. Vow is like a magnet or compass that shows us the direction toward the Buddha. The four bodhisattva vows are general vows that should be taken by all Mahäyäna Buddhist practitioners. Our sitting practice should also be based on these vows.

 
 
Dharma Talk

During Upaya Zen Center’s November 6th’s Jukai and Tokudo ceremony, Roshi talked about how to live with conviction and purpose even despite the separation we feel due to politics and the pandemic — and to bridge that feeling of separation. “That’s why you’re doing this,” Roshi offers, about Buddhist practice. To “be a servant to all beings.”

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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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