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10-7-18 3-5:30pm Sutra Study (Sutra - Namu Dai Bosa)

So many people are interested in Buddhist theory. I remember spending years on IRC/Yahoo debating other monks/students on Sutra and theory. At that time, I truly thought this activity was it, let me rephrase, "I knew this was it!" It took years to learn that mentality, and years to clean house. My cup was overflowing yet, I could not quench my thirst. Oh, Seizei..
This activity can stoke the internal flame to burn away the ego's menagery of attachments and beliefs by exhausting the process. However, without the intervention of zazen, it can also disguise itself as practice and lead us down unessasary paths. Those years of competition compeled me to learn Buddhist history and theory, which can create a richer foundation from which to understand doctrine by, although, it also was one huge ego trip!
Twenty five years later and I try desperately not to speak of Buddha or Buddhism. People already have more than their fill of "Buddhism", just walk though any book store or new age shop and there are rows and rows of people writing about the founder of what we currently know as Buddhism. Eat your fill, however, paper pancakes dont satisfy hunger. The key for me is found in the other direction. Day by day, sit by sit, letting go of Buddhism and embracing life, as it is. I am interested now in walking the path, not studying it. It's not complicated, and we find the same "basics" in almost every religion, yet these are the foundations of "Buddhas", human, not diety. To distill it even further, simply put, for me life is "love" itself. Not the narrow love of attachment and mere emotion (this is one aspect though and worthy of exploration as any of its other manifestations) but, the inexhaustible and dynamically flux nature that permeates every atom within the universe. That which manifests right here, right now; complete in each branch and blade. You can glimpse it both within and between the lines, with every inhalation and exhalation, and within the thin veil of life and death itself. Just cast your "self" away into the currents of life, let go of knowing and the desire to aquire knowledge. We insist on putting hat upon hat, and head upon head, without seeing perfection manifest right now - "as-is".
What a beautiful life, to be the holy fool, to dance joyously in the torrents, bravely casting away shelter. To know nothing, and gaze at the world in awe. Twenty five years of practice and that one word remains (love). I certainly hope I have another 25 to explore its vastness, if not, I know my last breath, is also my first, and there is truly no coming or going, nor is there any end to it.

As I wrote this, this beautiful hawk watched me from outside of the window. I could not help but go ever deeper into the endless depths of that one all pervading word.
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So many people are interested in Buddhist theory. I remember spending years on IRC/Yahoo debating other monks/students on Sutra and theory. At that time, I truly thought this activity was it, let me rephrase, I knew this was it! It took years to learn that mentality, and years to clean house. My cup was overflowing yet, I could not quench my thirst. Oh, Seizei..
This activity can stoke the internal flame to burn away the egos menagery of attachments and beliefs by exhausting the process. However, without the intervention of zazen, it can also disguise itself as practice and lead us down unessasary paths. Those years of competition compeled me to learn Buddhist history and theory, which can create a richer foundation from which to understand doctrine by, although, it also was one huge ego trip!
Twenty five years later and I try desperately not to speak of  Buddha or Buddhism. People already have more than their fill of Buddhism, just walk though any book store or new age shop and there are rows and rows of people writing about the founder of what we currently know as Buddhism. Eat your fill, however, paper pancakes dont satisfy hunger. The key for me is found in the other direction. Day by day, sit by sit, letting go of Buddhism and embracing life, as it is. I am interested now in walking the path, not studying it. Its not complicated, and we find the same basics in almost every religion, yet these are the foundations of Buddhas, human, not diety. To distill it even further, simply put, for me life is love itself. Not the narrow love of attachment and mere emotion (this is one aspect though and worthy of exploration as any of its other manifestations) but, the inexhaustible and dynamically flux nature that permeates every atom within the universe. That which manifests right here, right now; complete in each branch and blade. You can glimpse it both within and between the lines, with every inhalation and exhalation, and within the thin veil of life and death itself. Just cast your self away into the currents of life, let go of knowing and the desire to aquire knowledge. We insist on putting hat upon hat, and head upon head, without seeing perfection manifest right now - as-is.
   What a beautiful life, to be the holy fool, to dance joyously in the torrents, bravely casting away shelter. To know nothing, and gaze at the world in awe. Twenty five years of practice and that one word remains (love). I certainly hope I have another 25 to explore its vastness, if not, I know my last breath, is also my first, and there is truly no coming or going, nor is there any end to it.

As I wrote this, this beautiful hawk watched me from outside of the window. I could not help but go ever deeper into the endless depths of that one all pervading word.

Friday zazen is canceled for 10-5 (zendo floor stripped/polyurethaned).

Sunday 10-7 Sutra Study (Continuing Namu Dai Bosa)
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Friday zazen is canceled for 10-5 (zendo floor stripped/polyurethaned).

Sunday 10-7 Sutra Study (Continuing Namu Dai Bosa)

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Oct
28
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Nov
4
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Nov 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Nov
9
Fri
Harvest Sesshin (Zen Retreat) @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 10:00 am

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, chanting, communal meals, Dharma Talks/Teisho (sermons), samu (work) periods, and private interview (Dokusan) twice daily with Joriki Baker, Osho.
During Sesshin, the Zen Student concentrates fully on their practice by collecting and mending the unbalanced energies of mind. This balance of mind we so desperately seek feels hidden from us in our daily lives. We seek outwardly for that which we perceive we are lacking. It is only with a deep commitment, and a willingness to face ourselves honestly, that we are able to break through and realize the perfection that is Tathagata. This systemic realization stokes the flames of true wisdom which burns brighter and brighter as we continue to combust and burn away our delusions and attachments. For centuries, philosophy and theology have tried to explain and conceptualize this process, their attempts are intrinsically shallow and hollow at best. The awakened mind is beyond word and letter, and the path of liberation runs straight ahead. With one true cut, we free fall into the vast emptiness of Shunyata. Sesshin is a time to dedicate ourselves to the exploration of this great matter, and a time to realize the vast love and compassion of the Bodhisattva.

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

Nov
11
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Nov
18
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Nov
21
Wed
Dai Bosatsu Dai Gongen Chanting Shikantaza @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Nov 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dai Bosatsu Dai Gongen Chanting and Shikantaza.

Nov
25
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Nov 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Dec
2
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Dec
9
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

Dec
16
Sun
Zazenkai @ Blue Mountain Zendo
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm

1st Sunday – Sutra Study

2nd Sunday – Chanting Service/Teisho

3rd Sunday – Dokusan

4th Sunday – Unity Day

5th Sunday – Solid Zazen Block

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Zen

Bodhidharma’s Definition Of Zen Practice

“A special transmission outside the scriptures; Not depending upon words and letters; Directly pointing at the mind-heart of man; Seeing into one’s nature and attaining Buddhahood.”

Zen Practice is the skin, bone and marrow of the Buddha’s teaching. It cuts through the vines and briars that have long entangled us. Zen is minutely subtle, yet shakes the heavens and earth with the slightest turn. It is experienced by every hair and pore of the body.

As Bodhidharma pointed out, Zen is not based on intellectual pursuits, and is unattainable to those who have eyes yet can not see. However, some will push forward with tenacity and perseverance, and these students will realize the wondrous joy of the Dharma. Others will try to pacify their suffering via external means, what a pity. These people will continue to wonder in the darkness of ignorance. Zen Practice is for those who must know the truth, and are willing to push through the many obstacles that are the catalysts to awakening. Those who awaken, are charged with carrying the lamp of liberation for others who suffer. Zen is that lamp of liberation! Zen is the ancient catalyst, which has been handed down from teacher to student, for 2,600 years.

 

Zazenkai

Zazenkai (meditation service) provides an opportunity for a student to intensify and deepen their practice through the experience of longer periods of uninterrupted zazen and walking meditation.

Throughout zazenkai we use the exact techniques that are followed  in a Rinzai Zen Monastery. During zazenkai we practice zazen (seated meditation), chanting , walking meditation (kin-hin), silence, jihatsu (formal eating), dokusan (private meeting w/teacher) and to conclude, a Dharma Talk (sermon) is given by Joriki Dat Baker.

After closing, tea and fellowship are offered in the lounge.

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