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Weekly Update
 

Seven Points of Practice

  1. Study and practice the Buddha-dharma only for the sake of the Buddha-dharma, not for the sake of human emotions and worldly ideas.
  2. Zazen is the most venerable and only true teacher.
  3. Zazen must work concretely in our daily lives as the two practices (vow and repentance), the three minds (magnanimous mind, parental mind, and joyful mind), and as the realization of the saying, “Gaining is delusion, losing is enlightenment.”
  4. Live by vow and root it deeply.
  5. Realizing that development and backsliding are your responsibility alone, endeavor to practice and develop.
  6. Sit silently for ten years, then for ten more years, and then for another ten years.
  7. Cooperate with one another and aim to create a place where sincere practitioners can practice without trouble.
     
by Uchiyama Kōshō Rōshi
Offered in the last formal talk he gave at Antaiji, on February 23, 1975.


Dharma Talk
by Norman Fischer
Mindfullness and the Bodhisattva Path

http://everydayzen.org/teachings/2013/mindfullness-and-bodhisattva-path-insight-la-august-13-2020?&author=Norman%20Fischer&sort=date

 

Zoom link for 8/26 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 Wednesday, 8/19, by clicking (or copy/paste) the following Zoom link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73764916452?pwd=Ri9zMWdSSmFlZWgvVER2K2xYeUk4UT09

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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LINCOLN ZEN CENTER
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