by Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Village Zendo, New York City
If you talk about karma in terms of the Eightfold Path, the first grouping is Right Speech, Action, and Livelihood; It's very clear to think of karma as action, as what happens. But when you consider Right Thought, karma is very subtle because it's internal: Karma starts with the thought pattern and has an effect right inside your mind. If you saw something, it clearly affects the people around you. Any thought that you have is going to affect you, so the karma is internal, but it will eventually affect others around you because it has affected you. Thus, a Zen student is living some of her teacher's karma - and so too all the way back to Bodhidharma and the Buddha. Their karma is what we are living out. But also Hitler's. So what's karma? It's not just what you hold in your personal life. It's what has happened in the world. That means that you can think of your personal life as the world, and you can begin to see that you are interconnected with the universe.
“Through wisdom, we see that things are not solid, separate, and independent. They are empty of all the heavy, mistaken concepts we project on them. We see that everything is interdependent, open, fluid, always changing—and good. We are no longer in conflict with reality, and we don’t need to defend ourselves against it anymore. We can relax our struggle and see the beauty and sacredness of this floating world. We are naturally awake. Wisdom brings joy and happiness. It’s the ultimate self-help."
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.