Please join us on Saturday for our last Saturday of the month all-day meditation and Dharma talks, private interviews with Sokuzan will be available. 9:00am – 9:00pm, $35 suggested donation; $6 for meal or dine at local restaurant.
Sunday morning service, followed by a Dharma talk by Sokuzan; 10:00am – 11:30am.
Kozan will be ordained on Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. A short reception will follow. All are welcome!
Join us in sangha as we contemplate and prepare for our own deaths. Sokuzan will give Dharma talks on dying, death and after death from Buddhist and other perspectives. Also, we will look together at some documents which define ahead of time how you would like to be cared for when you are no longer capable of making decisions for yourself. This will include advance directives, choosing a health care advocate, a living will and the “Five Wishes” document which is a commonly distributed advance directive template and does not necessarily support Buddhist practice without modifications. We will also discuss caring for each other in sangha as we experience sickness, old age and death. The cost is $20.00 for meals and materials. Additional donations are greatly appreciated. See announcement for more details. Contact Kozan to register.
A new book on shikantaza meditation written by Sokuzan is now available at The Temple Store.
“This small book of talks arose because there seemed to be a need to express and repeat what shikantaza, or just basically sitting, is all about. It is meant to reinforce, repeat, and help you dig a nice deep groove—in the awareness of how to do this, in the recipe of how to do this, in the protocol of how to do this. Just simply sit and observe.”
Coming from over forty years of study, practice, and teaching, Sokuzan introduces the simple discipline of the sitting practice of meditation. Whether you are new to shikantaza or have meditated for some time, the basic ‘recipe’ at the back of the book, the seventeen short meditation instructions, and the notes from his two talks, “Meditation Doesn’t Work,” Sokuzan’s approach can help inspire you in creating or continuing a daily meditation practice.
Purchase your copy today over on the new website store page, The Temple Store.
The Shambhala Meditation Center in New York City will be hosting Sokuzan in teaching
Opening the Eye Mind: A Dharmic Approach to Art March 21 – 23.
This will include awareness practice with the support of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
From the Shambhala Meditation Center website:
When we come into a museum or gallery space we are often not really open to what is there. When our preconceptions and opinions get in the way of direct perception our world is compromised and we miss the incredible power and delicacy of this visual dimension that is arising in front of us moment by moment.
Through group practice, open interviews with the teacher, and rousing exercises that ask us to investigate our conceptual compartmentalization of our sense-consciousnesses, we can cut through our tendency to pre-judge what is right under our noses and see, even participate in, the creation itself.
This program is ideal for artists who feel stuck, unstuck artists who wonder what’s next, and for “non-artists” who yearn to express themselves creatively. Participants are also heartily encouraged to share their work with the group whatever the medium or discipline.
For further details, please contact the Shambhala Meditation Center.
“The Three Jewels of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha”
Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group and SokukoJi Buddhist Community together will host this three day, non-residential meditation retreat with Soto Zen Teacher Sokuzan Bob Brown in Traverse City, April 4 – 6, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Rd, Traverse City MI 49686.
• Friday, April 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:
On this day Sokuzan will offer basic sitting meditation instruction for beginning and experienced meditators. There will be sitting and walking meditation periods and Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk about the Three Jewels of Buddhism as they support awareness practice.
• Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:
This day will offer opportunity to participate with forms that we use at SokukoJi Buddhist Community Temple-Monastery including a traditional Soto Zen morning service and other awareness practice forms. Sokuzan will continue instruction in shikantaza, or “nothing but just sitting” meditation and in kinhin, or walking meditation. He will also give a Dharma talk, continuing with the theme of “The Three Jewels of Buddhism.”
• Sunday, April 6th, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
We will continue during our regular sitting time with sitting meditation. Sokuzan will give basic meditation instruction and be available for questions and interviews and will give a Dharma talk at 5:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we will have snacks and visiting. You are welcome to bring something to share.
The cost for each day Friday and Saturday is $30.00, or $60.00 for both days. On Sunday during our usual sitting time there is no charge but donations are appreciated. Sokuzan will be available for private interviews about practice throughout the weekend. Lodging may be available with local sangha for out of town participants.
To register for one or both days complete the registration form. If you have questions you may email Kozan Karen McLean.
The registration deadline is March 29, 2014