“Charity Bike Run” Palmerton, Pa.

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Weekend Sesshin May 13-15 2016

 

“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive period, consisting of 3-14 days of silent meditative practice. Included in these periods are daily Zazen, Dharma Talks/Teisho (sermons), Samu (work) periods, and private interview/meeting (Dokusan) twice daily with Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho. During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates on nothing but, rotation 2collecting the scattered energy of mind, so that they may realize their rightful place within the universe, as the universe. This “boundless mind”, many times, feels hidden from us in our daily lives, and as a result, we seek outwardly for that which we perceive we are lacking. Deep insights into our core nature occurs when we stop grasping outwardly for insight and wisdom. Many times these experiences occur when we least expect them. They reveal themselves in our daily activities, in times of heartache and despair, love and joy, death and birth, or simply “being”. These seemingly random, and powerful experiences, stir within us something systemic to our very being, something which consumes the ego self without a trace. This nature, our core nature, is the essence of universe itself. It is always present, and we unknowingly swim in it at all times, however, we are blinded by the strong currents of the habitual ego and we are tricked into limiting our perception of reality and our subjective grounding. When we awaken to the truth, and experience the lightning strike of insight, these flashes and sparks, stoke the flames of our true nature, and burn away the ignorance and darkness which imprisons us. As our Zen Practice matures, our inner light burns brighter and brighter. Without continued practice via zazen (meditation), these flames will grow cold once again, and we will slowly be swept away by the habitual currents once again. However, there will be those few men and women who will tend to this burning ember, their hearts and minds will glow brighter and brighter, and in the most subtle and ordinary way, they will realize their rightful seat among the countless Buddhas. The awakened mind of the Buddha is beyond word and letter, it is beyond even the Buddhas themselves. This one true dynamic mind is simple, loving, and selfless, yet unattainable and inexhaustible.
Our journey to realize this mind begins with the readiness to let go of our preconceived ideas and desires; sesshin is a container of tools that are designed to help us identify and breakthrough the briars which entangle us. Our efforts during sesshin fan the internal fire which temper our insights, and reveals the truth of who and what all “this” is. Sesshin is the catalyst from which this process begins, and true healing and liberation are realized. We hope you will come and explore with this great matter with us!

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Cherry Blossom Festival April 2016

Celebrate spring with us at the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival! Rev. Joriki Osho will give a Dharma talk, the sangha will have a booth with tea and tea bowls for sale. Free family friendly event!

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Beginner’s Day Retreat March 6 2016 9-6pm

5467Interested in Zen? Looking for an authentic Zen Experience? Blue Mountain Zendo is an authentic Rinzai Zen Temple, located in the Blue Mountains of Andreas, Pennsylvania. The temple is led by Rev. Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho, a recognized monk and teacher in the Rinzai Zen Lineage. Our “Beginner’s Retreat” is a wonderful introduction to the practice of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. The day will include the following:
1.Zen Philosophy (Q&A)
2.Zen History
3.Meditation (Zazen)
4.Ritual
5.Chanting
6.Jihatsu (Formal Eating)
7.Walking Meditation (Kinhin)
8.Tea Ceremony

A vegetarian lunch will be served. Come join us! Reserve your spot today.

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Rohatsu Sesshin January 11-16 2016 w/ Genjo Marinello

Rohatsu Sesshin January 11-16 2016 w/ Genjo Marinello, Osho & Joriki Baker, Osho

“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive period, consisting of 6 days of silent meditative practice. Included in these periods are daily Zazen, Dharma Talks/Teisho (sermons), Samu (work) periods, and private interview/meeting (Dokusan) twice daily with Kokan Genjo Marinello, Osho. During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates on nothing but collecting the scattered energies of the mind, so they may realize their place within the universe, as the universe. Much of the times, this “place” feels hidden from us in our daily lives, and as a result, we seek outwardly for that we perceive we are lacking. Deep insight into our core nature occurs when we least expect it. These seemingly random experiences stir within us something systemic to our very being. Something which consumes us without a trace. This nature, our nature, is the root of the universe itself. This nature is always present, however, we are blinded by the habitual ego projection, and we just miss it! When we do experience these subtle insights, these quick flashes of light and sparks, they stoke the flames of our core, and we burn brighter and brighter. Although sadly, for most, these flames grow cold once again; they are left unattended and un-nurtured. However, for those few men and women who tend to this burning ember, it grows stronger and stronger until a flame rises up and illuminates the darkness of ignorance. For centuries, philosophy and theology have tried to explain this process, their attempts intrinsically shallow and hollow at best. The awakened mind is beyond word and letter. The path is straightforward, and honest in approach. It reveals itself fully in each unfolding moment. This honest and straightforward readiness to let go of our preconceived ideas and attachments, is the catalyst from which the restorative process begins. Sesshin is a time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of this great matter, and a time to heal the scars which have long limited our true freedom and happiness. We hope you will come and explore with us, this most noblest of endeavors.

Kokan Genjo Marinello, Osho’s Biography:

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Kokan Genjo Marinello Osho (born 1954) is the current Abbot of Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji in Seattle, WA, a Rinzai Zen temple. Genjo Osho began his Zen training in 1975, and was ordained an unsui (priest in training) in 1980. During 1981-82 he trained at RyutakuJi in Japan. Genjo Osho was formally installed as the second Abbot of Chobo-Ji on Rinzai Zenji’s (d.866) memorial day January 10th, 1999. Genjo Osho is also psychotherapist in private practice, a certificated spiritual director from a program affiliated with the Vancouver School of Theology, married to wife, Carolyn, and devoted father to daughter, Adrienne. Chobo-Ji temple is in the Rinzai – Hakuin Ekaku Zenji Dharma Line, after Genki Roshi retired, Genjo Marinello Osho trained with Eido Shimano Roshi, former abbot of DaiBosatsu Monastery in New York, who affirmed Genjo Osho as a Dharma Heir on May 21st, 2008. Genjo Osho-san is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association. Genjo’s Dharma Talks have been published in several Dharma journals beginning with the Theosphical Society’s Quest Magazine in 1991. Genjo Osho’s commentary on Koan Practice has been translated into several languages.

Genjo Osho has served the greater Seattle community as an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University Seattle in Buddhist Studies, a member of the Religious Coalition for Equality, a volunteer Buddhist pastor for the Washington State Department of Corrections, a Spiritual Director associated with Anamchara ­ a Progam of Multifaith Works, and has worked repeatedly with the Church Council of Greater Seattle in interfaith trauma response to tragedies. State Department of Corrections. Genjo Osho is assisted by Genko Kathy Blackman Ni-Osho, who is also a Urasenke Japanese Tea Teacher and a member of the Religious Services Advisory Committee of the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho Biography:

rotation 2 Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho is an American Zen Buddhist Monk and founder of Blue Mountain Zendo, Koryu-ji. Joriki, Osho has practiced Zen for over twenty five years and is currently the abbot and teacher of Koryu-ji.  Osho resides in Andreas, Pennsylvania, which is located 30 miles outside of Allentown on the Blue Mountain (Appalachian Mountains). Joriki, Osho grew up in Northern California and was raised within a devoutly Lutheran family, and confirmed at age thirteen. It was predicted at birth, by Osho’s grandmother, that he would grow up to devote his life to the priesthood. At the age of thirteen, Joriki was spent two weeks on a reservation in California, and took part in a Purification Ceremony (sweat) which would reveal itself to be the catalyst for his spiritual awakening.
Joriki has studied: Japanese Nichren Soka Gakki, Soto Zen, Vietnamese Thien (Zen) and Rinzai Zen. Joriki’s spiritual endeavors came to fruition on in 2001 when he was ordained by Thich Nguyen. Post ordination, Joriki would go on to study at Dai Bosatsu Monastery, Kongoji in Livingston Manner, New York. Currently Joriki studies with Genjo Marinello, Osho – abbot of Choboji in Seattle Washington. Joriki is a trained social worker who specializes in supporting dually diagnosed men and women. He is also an advocate for practicing men and women with disabilities, who wish to practice Zen, however, are intimidated by the physical demands of the core practice (sesshin). In 2009, Joriki, Osho was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and a neuromuscular disease. Joriki’s direct experiences have molded his gentle-hearted approach to Zen Practice, as well as his commitment to the compassionate treatment of all sentient beings, the acceptance of the person as a whole, and the belief in the potential of all beings to awaken. Currently, Osho is a member of the AZTA (American Zen Teachers Association), a police chaplain for the city of Allentown, and abbot of Blue Mountain Zendo.

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Email: Joriki@bluemountainzendo.org

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Heating Repair Fundraiser

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November 2015 Retreat

Fall Three Day Sesshin at Blue Mountain Zendo
November 13-15 2015
(Friday 7pm – Sunday 12pm)

“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive period, consisting of 3-14 days of silent meditative practice. Included in these periods are daily Zazen, Dharma Talks/Teisho (sermons), Samu (work) periods, and private interview/meeting (Dokusan) twice daily with Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho. During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates on nothing but collecting the scattered energies of mind, so they may realize their rightful place within the universe, as the universe. This “place”, many times, feels hidden from us in our daily lives, and as a result, we seek outwardly for that we perceive we are lacking. Deep insights into our core nature, many times, occur when we least expect them. They sometimes reveal themselves in our daily activities, death of a loved one, birth, art, or simply doing nothing. These seemingly random experiences stir within us something systemic to our very being, something which consumes us without a trace. This nature, our core nature, is the root of universe itself. This Dharma is always present, however, we are many times blinded by the habitual ego projection, and most of the time we just miss it. When we do experience the bursts of insights, these quick flashes and sparks, stoke the flames of our core, and we burn brighter and brighter. Although sadly, for most, these flames grow cold once again, as they are left unattended and un-nurtured. However, for those few men and women who tend to the burning ember, their potential is infinite. For centuries, philosophy and theology have tried to explain this process, their attempts intrinsically shallow and hollow at best. The awakened mind is beyond word and letter. It is simple and honest in approach and lives fully in each unfolding moment. This honest and open readiness to let go of our preconceived ideas and attachments, is the catalyst from which the restorative process begins. Sesshin is a time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of this great matter, and a time to heal the scars which have long limited our true freedom and happiness. We hope you will come and explore with us, this most noblest of endeavors.

Call: 484-268-0724
Email: Joriki@bluemountainzendo.org

Fall Three Day Sesshin at Blue Mountain Zendo
November 13-15 2015
(Friday 7pm – Sunday 12pm)

“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive period, consisting of 3-14 days of silent meditative practice. Included in these periods are daily Zazen, Dharma Talks/Teisho (sermons), Samu (work) periods, and private interview/meeting (Dokusan) twice daily with Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho. During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates on nothing but collecting the scattered energies of mind, so they may realize their rightful place within the universe, as the universe. This “place”, many times, feels hidden from us in our daily lives, and as a result, we seek outwardly for that we perceive we are lacking. Deep insights into our core nature, many times, occur when we least expect them. They sometimes reveal themselves in our daily activities, death of a loved one, birth, art, or simply doing nothing. These seemingly random experiences stir within us something systemic to our very being, something which consumes us without a trace. This nature, our core nature, is the root of universe itself. This Dharma is always present, however, we are many times blinded by the habitual ego projection, and most of the time we just miss it. When we do experience the bursts of insights, these quick flashes and sparks, stoke the flames of our core, and we burn brighter and brighter. Although sadly, for most, these flames grow cold once again, as they are left unattended and un-nurtured. However, for those few men and women who tend to the burning ember, their potential is infinite. For centuries, philosophy and theology have tried to explain this process, their attempts intrinsically shallow and hollow at best. The awakened mind is beyond word and letter. It is simple and honest in approach and lives fully in each unfolding moment. This honest and open readiness to let go of our preconceived ideas and attachments, is the catalyst from which the restorative process begins. Sesshin is a time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of this great matter, and a time to heal the scars which have long limited our true freedom and happiness. We hope you will come and explore with us, this most noblest of endeavors.

Call: 484-268-0724
Email: Joriki@bluemountainzendo.org
Fall Three Day Sesshin at Blue Mountain Zendo
November 13-15 2015
(Friday 7pm – Sunday 12pm)

“Sesshin”, literally “to collect the mind”, is the Zen Buddhist seclusion or intensive period, consisting of 3-14 days of silent meditative practice. Included in these periods are daily Zazen, Dharma Talks/Teisho (sermons), Samu (work) periods, and private interview/meeting (Dokusan) twice daily with Ryuun Joriki Baker, Osho. During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates on nothing but collecting the scattered energies of mind, so they may realize their rightful place within the universe, as the universe. This “place”, many times, feels hidden from us in our daily lives, and as a result, we seek outwardly for that we perceive we are lacking. Deep insights into our core nature, many times, occur when we least expect them. They sometimes reveal themselves in our daily activities, death of a loved one, birth, art, or simply doing nothing. These seemingly random experiences stir within us something systemic to our very being, something which consumes us without a trace. This nature, our core nature, is the root of universe itself. This Dharma is always present, however, we are many times blinded by the habitual ego projection, and most of the time we just miss it. When we do experience the bursts of insights, these quick flashes and sparks, stoke the flames of our core, and we burn brighter and brighter. Although sadly, for most, these flames grow cold once again, as they are left unattended and un-nurtured. However, for those few men and women who tend to the burning ember, their potential is infinite. For centuries, philosophy and theology have tried to explain this process, their attempts intrinsically shallow and hollow at best. The awakened mind is beyond word and letter. It is simple and honest in approach and lives fully in each unfolding moment. This honest and open readiness to let go of our preconceived ideas and attachments, is the catalyst from which the restorative process begins. Sesshin is a time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of this great matter, and a time to heal the scars which have long limited our true freedom and happiness. We hope you will come and explore with us, this most noblest of endeavors.

Call: 484-268-0724
Email: Joriki@bluemountainzendo.org

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“Zen In America” Documentary Filming

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Spring Samu Sesshin (Free) May 15-17 2015

Our annual Spring Samu (work) Sesshin (retreat) will focus on landscaping our new temple grounds. We have two acres of virgin ground to shape into a peaceful refuge for the students of Blue Mountain Zendo and the community. The sesshin will include morning service, evening service and three meditation blocks daily. The rest of the day is spent working and meditating on the gardens. Spring Sesshin is great for those interested in a more relaxed schedule for existing Zen Students. The retreat is FREE for those who participate in the landscaping efforts. There are all types of activities that need to be addressed, so please, if you have physical limitation, please don’t let that dissuade you from attending.10463839_601105770006561_9222665778453439177_o

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