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.
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.
Obon or “Ullambana” (S) is a Buddhist festival which invites us to investigate our connectedness to others while also reminding us of our great responsibility to repay our deceased parents and family for their care and effort. The Buddha said, “The gravity of debt we owe to our parents is as boundless as the heavens.” Obon allows us an opportunity to STOP, and invite our ancestors to once again share our lives. During Obon we repay some of this debt by reaffirming our responsibility to honor our loved-ones and to treat all sentient beings with compassion, understanding and patience. Obon also helps us address our fears and insecurities stemming from the transient nature of form.
Obon is celebrated in mid- July and mid-August and has been celebrated since the 7th Century. Obon finds its roots within the Urabon Sutra and is based on the teachings of Gotama Buddha. The Urabon Sutra contains the story of a monk called Mokuren Sonja who through his meditative practice sees that his deceased mother has become entangled within the realm of hungry ghost. Mokuren Sonja soon after asks the Buddha for his guidance on the matter. The Buddha instructs Mokuren to be compassionate to the young monks who were just returning from a retreat and offer alms. In return, Mokuren’s effort frees his mother from her torment and allows her to ascend to the pure land. Today’s Obon celebration keeps this spirit of giving alive. Through the celebration of Obon we give our love, respect and remembrance to those who have come before us. We open ourselves to an unseen interconnected web which bonds us all together. Obon is a time for deep reflection; however, it is also a time of great celebration.
Obon at Blue Mountain Zendo is open to the public, and you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend. The ceremony begins with the lighting of the temple lanterns and the bonfire which guide our ancestors back home. Pictures of our ancestors are then placed on the main alter while lanterns are offered to each individual to decorated. This decoration time is a fun time for the kids, they get to color and decorate while they are reminded of family they may have never met or who they only knew a short time. Family is something that is too often forgotten in this culture and without their efforts, we would not have the honor of this birth. A catered vegetarian meal is then served in an atmosphere of live celebratory acoustic jazz music. After dinner, a special service and Dharma talk are offered outside under the stars. During this service, the names of the deceased are recited by the temple priest while the lanterns are lit and placed in rows along the alter. Rice and water are then offered to the hungry ghosts while Master *Shakuhachi player Nora Nohraku Suggs offers music. After completion, thanks are offered during a period of silent contemplation; when ready, each individual says goodbye to their loved one by extinguishing their lantern’s flame. To conclude, the community turns and faces the bonfire while it is extinguished and the spirits are sent home.
PS – There will be a marionette movement workshop for the children offered by Grace Spruiell.
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*(bamboo like flute)