for more information call 967-0861
Training in Compassion|
Zoketsu Norman Fischer, founder of Everyday Zen, will give a Dharma Talk on Tuesday night, May 28, at 7:45, following one period of zazen. Norman will speak on compassion in Zen practice based on his new book, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong. Norman will speak the next night Wednesday, May 29, at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham.
Norman, a long-term practitioner at the San Francisco Zen Center, was co-abbot from 1995-2000. His books include Opening to You: Zen-inspired Translations of the Psalms; Taking Our Places: the Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up; and Sailing Home: Using Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils and Pitfalls, as well as many books of poetry.
June Practice Intensive: June 2 to 30
You are invited to join the four-week Practice Intensive beginning on Sunday, June 2 and going through Sunday, June 30. This is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to daily zazen during a focused period of time, much as one would do at a residential practice center. You may want to experiment with the limits of your time and energy, throwing yourself into the zazen schedule, joining the efforts of others. In so doing, we mutually benefit by enjoying sitting together, supporting each other.
During the month of June, we will have our usual early morning zazen, Monday through Friday at 6:00 and 6:50, followed by service, and our regular Tuesday night zazen at 7:00. There will also be evening zazen on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 6:00, with a Study Group meeting after zazen on Thursday evenings from 6:40 to 8:00 p.m. There will be an all-day sitting on Sunday, June 16. Please sign up at the zendo for the all-day sitting.
There will be three Practice Period Teas on Sundays June 2, 9, and 30, after the usual Sunday morning program. (There will be no Tea during the all-day sitting on Sunday, June 16.) Those participating in the Practice Period are expected to attend Sunday morning Teas. For teas this year the participants will be asked to speak for about 5-10 minutes about how they came to practice and why they are doing the Practice Intensive. About half the group will speak during the first tea and the other half during the second tea. Because of our individual circumstances, there is no minimum participation other than the Practice Period Tea on Sunday mornings.
Please draw up a realistic schedule, perhaps one that will stretch you a little, and then try to commit yourself to your schedule. Joining others for zazen gives us a clear taste of our mutual interdependence. Our practice supports the practice of others and the practice of others benefits us all.
Please return the form on page 3 of the Newsletter with a $10 registration fee by Wednesday, May 29.
Josho Pat Phelan will give public Dharma Talks on Sunday mornings, May 19, and June 16, at 10:30.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer will give a Dharma Talk on Tuesday night, May 28, at 7:45.
Wayseeking Mind Talks
As part of the June Practice Intensive there will be Way-seeking Mind talks on Tuesday nights, at 7:45, following one period of zazen at 7:00 p.m. These talks are about how people came to practice or what motivated them to practice. Mary Johnston began practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Han and she will give a talk on June 4. Carter Smith began practicing Zen in 1978 in the Sasaki Roshi lineage and he will speak on June 18. Kathleen Batson will give a talk on June 25, and she began practicing with the CHZC in 2000.
We are planning a four-week Practice Intensive for the month of June which will include zazen on Monday and Wednesday evenings, teas on Sundays, and Way-seeking Mind talks.
As part of the four-week Practice Intensive, the Study Group will meet on Thursday nights at 6:40, focussing on "The Merging of Difference and Unity" or the Sandokai, a short text by Sekito Kisen, one of the early Chinese Zen Ancestors. Shohaku Okumura has a commentary on this in his book, Living by Vow, pages 207-248. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Copies of Living by Vow are available for purchase. After June, the Study Group may continue with this text by studying Suzuki Roshi’s commentary on it in his book, Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness.
The Children’s Program will meet on Sunday mornings, May 5 and 19, and June 9 and 23, from 9:00 until 11:00. Buddha’s Birthday will be celebrated on May 5, at 10:30, and will be followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch. The Children’s Program will have a picnic on June 23, after their usual program. For more information, contact Maura at email@example.com.
There will be an all-day sitting on Sunday, June 16, from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The sitting will begin with orientation on Saturday night at 7:30, and will include instruction on the meal form and one period of zazen. The regular Sunday schedule, with zazen at 9:00 and 9:50 and Dharma Talk at 10:30, will be open to everyone. The day will include zazen, a lecture, dokusan and a work period, as well as breakfast and lunch. The fee is $10 for members and $20 for others. It is alright to sit half of the day, but please sign up in advance, and please speak to Josho Sensei if this is your first all-day sitting. For more information on the oryoki meal form see: http://www.kannondo.org/oroyoki.
Richmond Zen Group
Josho Sensei will visit and give a talk at the Richmond Zen Group on Wednesday night, May 15, at 7:00. For more information contact Kevin at 804-366-5546 or see www.ekojirichmond.org.
Wake Forest University Meditation Group
2012–2013 Schedule: Monday, 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, a brief introduction to meditation is offered at 6:30 p.m. For information: http://chaplain.studentlife.wfu.edu/worshipmeditation-opportunities/wake-forest-university-meditation-group. Please direct inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Gate City Zen Group
The Gate City Zen Group meets for zazen in Greensboro on Wednesday evenings at 6:00. For more information, contact Denise at (336) 324-9970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
Buddha’s Birthday celebration will be held on Sunday, May 5, following regular zazen. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a short talk in the zendo directed toward the children. The kids will then have a procession to an outdoor altar where they will offer incense and bathe the Baby Buddha. Following the ceremony, there will be a vegetarian potluck picnic. Beverages and birthday cake will be provided.
Children, families, and friends are welcome! At 9:00 a.m. the kids will decorate the pagoda or "flower house" outside during zazen. Please bring balloons, bubbles, and banners for the procession and flowers for decorating the pagoda for the Baby Buddha.
On Saturday, May 4, there will be a work period from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to clean the grounds and prepare for the outdoor celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. You are encouraged to come to the work period, either for the whole session or for any part of it. Please bring flowers if you can, either on Saturday, or by 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
The Anan Kôshiki in Modern Sôtô Monasticism
On Sunday morning, June 23, at 11:00, Myojun Barbara Ambros will give a presentation on the Anan Kôshiki, a chanted ceremonial for Venerable Ânanda. The ceremonial, which originated in the thirteenth century and has been transmitted in a Sôtô Zen nuns’ lineage since the nineteenth century, praises Ânanda for his role in the founding of the nuns’ order, his physical beauty, his exemplary conduct as the Buddha Shâkyamuni’s attendant, his perfect recollection during the compilation of the sûtra canon, and his compassionate and miraculous death. We will read a translation of the Anan Kôshiki and examine how it fits into the tradition of chanted ceremonials within modern Sôtô Zen. We will view short excerpts from a video of a contemporary performance in order to see how today’s Sôtô nuns approach the ceremonial and articulate their place in the predominantly masculine tradition of Japanese monasticism.
Myojun Barbara Ambros is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, specializing in East Asian Buddhism.
Qi Gong Workshop -- May 18 & June 1
Cameron Panee will lead Qi Gong workshops on Saturday mornings, May 18 & June 1, from 9:30–12:30. This will be a beginner's Qi Gong class covering basic movements and the first exercises from the Tai Yu Shen Gong system. Cameron has led Qi Gong at the Zen Center during sesshin, and his workshops allow for more verbal teaching and the opportunity to ask questions. The cost is $25 and everyone is welcome.
If you would like more information, or to register for the Qi Gong workshop, please contact Cameron at (919) 624-3297 or email@example.com.
Cameron Panee began studying Tai Chi and Qi Gong as a young child, and he is also an acupuncturist.
Issho Fujita Sensei plans to return for a weekend of zazen and teaching, Friday night through Sunday afternoon, August 30–September 1.
The Rohatsu Sesshin is tentatively planned for December 6–13.
The Recovery Meeting at the Zen Center meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00. This is a recovery group with a Buddhist perspective on the Twelve-Step Program. The meetings begin with twenty minutes of silent meditation. For more information, contact: 919-265-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese Brush Painting
Jinxiu Zhao will teach Chinese Calligraphy on Sunday afternoons, May 12 and 26, and on June 9 and 30, from 1:10–2:40, which will be followed by Chinese Brush Painting from 2:50–4:50. Fees are $20 for calligraphy and $25 for brush painting. Please contact Jinxiu at (919) 484-7524 or Jxznc@aol.com to register or for more information. Jinxiu is also available to teach children’s classes.
Members of the CHZC volunteer in both state prisons in North Carolina and the federal prison at Butner. We can always use more volunteers, and having volunteers present is usually a requirement in order for inmates to meet for religious services or to sit zazen. We are looking for people who have been sitting zazen at the Zen Center for at least a year. Orientation is required by each institution. If you would like more information, please contact Josho at (919) 967-0861 or email@example.com.
If you would prefer receiving an e-mail message with a link to a PDF file of the paper newsletter which is mailed every two months, please send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The PDF version is always attached to the bottom of the Events page in the pink box on the left.
A group of Zen Center volunteers prepares and serves lunch at the Inter-faith Council Community Kitchen on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. More volunteers are needed, including a core group of committed people, so we can continue our presence. The IFC Community Kitchen is the only soup kitchen in Orange Country and is located on the corner of Rosemary and Columbia Streets in Chapel Hill. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Carol Klein at 967-9391.
Prison Book Donation Program
The Prison Book Donation Program is grateful for the generous support of the Sangha. Donations of Buddhist books, particularly on Zen, are appreciated, and only paperbacks are accepted by the prison. Please leave prison book donations at the Zendo.
You are invited to join an e-mail listserv now available via Yahoo for announcements about upcoming activities at the CHZC. If you wish to become a member of this listserv, please type "Subscribe" in the subject line and send an email to CHZCannounceemail@example.com. You can also go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CHZCannounce/ and click the box "Join Now." You may be requested to supply some information or to create a Yahoo "identity." Please note the options for making your e-mail address public or for receiving marketing or other messages not directly from the listserv. It is your choice whether or not to receive other messages. Joining this list will not increase the amount of spam you receive. If you have any questions, please contact the list moderator, Lance firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopping Online? The Chapel Hill Zen Center is
now registered with the on-line company iGive.com. iGive.com is set up so
that when you register with them to make a purchase, a percentage (about
2%-15%) will be given to the non-profit of your choice. iGive.com has 238
merchants registered with them, including LandsEnd, L.L. Bean, and
Amazon.com. After logging on to iGive.com, to make a purchase, choose the
merchant, place the order, and then designate the Chapel Hill Zen Center
to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale. We are not advocating
that you buy something you wouldn’t ordinarily, or that you buy online,
but, if you already shop online, consider going through iGive.com to make
The Chapel Hill Zen Center is now registered with the on-line company iGive.com. iGive.com is set up so that when you register with them to make a purchase, a percentage (about 2%-15%) will be given to the non-profit of your choice. iGive.com has 238 merchants registered with them, including LandsEnd, L.L. Bean, and Amazon.com. After logging on to iGive.com, to make a purchase, choose the merchant, place the order, and then designate the Chapel Hill Zen Center to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale. We are not advocating that you buy something you wouldn’t ordinarily, or that you buy online, but, if you already shop online, consider going through iGive.com to make your purchase.
Adverse Weather Policy
The general rule about coming to the zendo is that if driving may be risky, don’t do it. For example, when it is snowing or sleeting, or if snow or sleet are predicted to occur before or during zazen, you can assume that the zendo will be closed. This is particularly true for 6:00 a.m. zazen. The highway where the zendo is located is often not as well traveled or as well treated for snow as other highways in the area, and the temperature in the county is often a couple of degrees colder than in more populated areas.
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