Genjo Marinello Oshō began his Zen training in 1975 and was ordained as a novice monk, in 1980. From 1981-1982 he trained at Ryutaku-ji in Japan with Sochu Rōshi and Soen Nakagawa Rōshi. Marinello later continued his training with Eido Shimano Rōshi, abbot of Dai Bosatsu Monastery. On May 21, 2008, Marinello received dharma transmission from Eido Shimano Rōshi, in a ceremony also involving his former teacher Takabayashi. Marinello is a licensed psychotherapist, a member of the interfaith organization Spiritual Directors International, and of the American Zen Teachers Association.
“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive, consisting of seven days of silent meditative practice, Dharma talks (sermons) and a private interview twice a day with Rev. Joriki Baker, a Zen monk. During Sesshin, the student concentrates on nothing but collecting the scattered shards of the mind so that they can realize/remember their original unity with the universe from which they ordinarily feel separated from. This experience of unity is just the beginning of true Zen Practice, however, many settle for just this experience. The Zen rabbit hole is infinitely deeper and ever more amazing than any concept or philosophy we could ever manifest or filter through. For centuries, philosophy and religion have tried to evoke this awakened state but, with with transitory results at best. This awakening is beyond word and letter and requires an honest and inward investigation which helps to uncover and manifest our inner nature which is the focal catalyst that initiates the restorative process required to take our rightful place as Buddhas.
FMI Call: 610-760-3033 or Jisha@BlueMountainZendo.org
* In memory of Taipo Joe McIntyre, Zenji
Sept. 14 2012 the Blue Mountain Zendo Sangha will meet at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem at 7:00pm to witness the unveil of our Fudo Myoo drawing completed by artisan Arturo. The gallery is on the second floor and all are invited to come.
There will be an overnight retreat on October 27-28 2012 at the temple in Allentown. The retreat will start Saturday at 7pm and end at 8pm on Sunday. The retreat is all inclusive and the cost is $60.00. This is a great way to experience extended periods of Zen Practice without the week long commitment of sesshin. Our mini retreats are based upon the standard monastic sesshin schedule. Please call for more information 1-484-268-0724 or email the Jisha at Jisha@BlueMountainZendo.org.
Dr. Namgyal Tsering will be visiting Blue Mountain Zendo to offer an introduction to Tibetan Medicine lecture followed by private consultations. Dr. Namgyal Tsering was the personal physician for HH The Dalai Lama for over ten years and graduated from the Tibetan Medical & Astro-Institute at Dharasala India in 1978. Dr. Tsering went on to serve the Tibetan Medicine Institute for over 30 years and has traveled extensively lecturing on Tibetan medicine and consulting with various organizations.
Tibetan Medicine is a very ancient medical system based on Buddhist philosophy and psychology. It explains that everything existing or non-existing in the world derives from the mind and the five elements. The mind is considered to be the base because all existences and moments depend on its movements; it is the creator of every external and internal phenomena.
The mind and the five elements manifest themselves in the form of energy and gross materials into three aspects: body, energy and mind, which, in the human body, are reflected in the form of three humors or energies called Wind (tib: rLung), Bile (mKhrispa, pronunciation: Tripa) and Phlegm (Badken). These humors, or principles, are the quintessence of the energy that constantly flows in the human body and sustains the health with mental awareness. The three principles give positive health when they are in equilibrium and harmony, and bring ill health when the balance between them is lost. This is the central concept of the general theory, etiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of the body/mind in Tibetan Medicine. In short, it is through the gradation of the energy of mind, humors and physical constructions that the framework of the theory and practice of Tibetan Medicine is established.