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May 4-11We are fortunate to have Daitsu Tom Wright lead a 7-day Genzo-e or teaching sesshin, beginning at 7:00 on Friday night, May 4, and going through Friday afternoon, May 11. In the Genzo-e sesshin, Daitsu Roshi will give an hour and a half talk each morning and afternoon on Dogen’s last fascicle, Hachi Dainin Gaku or The Eight Virtues of a Truly Great Person. Daitsu Roshi will be using his own translation which will be available before sesshin begins. Other translations are included in Kaz Tanahashi’s Enlightenment Unfolds, and in Nishijima and Cross’s Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo.
Daitsu Tom Wright practiced in Japan with Kosho Uchiyama Roshi for almost 40 years. He translated Uchiyama Roshi’s commentary on the Dogen’s Instructions for the Zen Cook published as From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment or How to Cook your Life; he was one of the translators of Uchiyama Roshi's book Opening the Hand of Thought and the recently published Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom, Three Fascicles from Shobogenzo with Commentaries. Arthur Braverman describing this book said, “Kosho Uchiyama, the late abbot of Antaiji Monastery, had a special talent for making difficult passages by the ancient Zen master Dogen readable and understandable to the modern student of Buddhism. And no one is more qualified to translate Uchiyama’s words into English than Reverends Thomas Daitsu Wright and Shohaku Okumura, two seasoned translators who studied under Uchiyama Roshi for years.
In order to help all of us settle into the schedule and our zazen practice, please arrive on time. It may be possible to sit part of the sesshin, but space may be limited and priority will be given to those attending the full sesshin. If you can only sit part of the sesshin, please explain clearly what part of sesshin you would like to attend when you register, and please come to orientation on Friday night. It is advisable to sign up for sesshin sooner than you might normally, since this is such an unusual opportunity and there will be more people attending from out of state than we usually have.
You can download the sesshin registration form via this link. Please return your registration no later than Friday, April 27, with a $40 deposit.
Sesshin will begin at 7:00 on Friday evening with orientation and job assignments. Following orientation, silence will be observed. The zendo will be open by 4:00 P.M. on Friday; so please try to arrive in time to settle in before 7:00 P.M. The sesshin day will include zazen, beginning at 6:00 A.M., kinhin, Dharma talks, a work period, and formal meals served in the zendo. The day will end at 9:00 P.M. Because expenses will be higher for this sesshin than in the past, the fees will also be higher and on a sliding scale for those who may want to offer more. For members, the fees are $280-$320, and for others $340-$390. There will also be an opportunity to make a donation to the teacher. It is our intention that no one be turned away for financial reasons, and partial scholarships are available. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact Maura at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know what your participation at the CHZC has been. In the past, contributions received for scholarships were very helpful in allowing people to attend sesshin here and at the San Francisco Zen Center.
You are welcome to sleep in the zendo, and there may be some space available in members' homes nearby. Please bring a pad for the floor, a sleeping bag, a towel and wash cloth, slip-on shoes, and layered clothes. Opportunities for bathing are limited. Please bring work clothes. For more information, contact us at: email@example.com, or 919-967-0861. The zendo emergency number is: (919) 933-0776.
I am happy to announce that Jeff Sherman has begun sewing Buddha’s Robe, or Okesa, in preparation to be ordained as a priest.
Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
Sunday morning, April 8
Buddha's Birthday celebration will be held on Sunday morning, April 8, following regular zazen, beginning at 9:00 a.m. At 10:30 there will be a short talk in the zendo directed to 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.
The Zen Center’s Children’s program offers children four years and older a place in the Zen Center sangha through a variety of activities, including meditation, story, craft, song, and movement, as well as participation in Zen Center events and celebrations throughout the year. In each meeting, the children have the space and time to practice living mindfully and to learn about Buddhist teachings and contexts while giving their parents an opportunity to meditate in the concurrent adult program. The program will be held on March 11 and 25, April 8 and 29, May 20, with a picnic on June 3. For information, please contact Maura High at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eco-Dharma Discussion Group
Sunday, April 1, 11:15 AM
Mountains and waters right now are the actualization of the ancient Buddha way. - Master Dogen
Aging Gracefully, Befriending Death
Sunday, April 29, 11:15 AM This is an informal discussion group that gives the opportunity to share readings, information, and explore conversations among ourselves on these topics. The group will meet next on Sunday, April 29 around 11:15 after temple cleaning. Please contact Kris Garvin at email@example.com, or Jeff Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions, would like more information. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age.
Individual meetings are available to discuss your meditation practice including your posture, practice in daily life, and questions you may have about Buddhist teaching. Interviews are usually given during zazen and sometimes by special appointment.Dokusan is a formal meeting with the Abbess to talk about your practice. You may schedule Dokusan by speaking to Josho Sensei or contacting her at email@example.com. When it's time for you to have Dokusan, someone may come to the zendo and get you, or the bell in the Dokusan Room will signal when it is time for you to come back. When it is your turn, go to the Dokusan Room, enter and close the door. Do one floor bow toward the altar ending with a standing bow, then sidestep and bow to and away from the cushion. Sit down and turn clockwise to face the teacher, settle and begin talking. When Dokusan is over, turn clockwise, fluff your cushion, and do a standing bow. Leave the door slightly open as you leave. During all-day sittings and sesshins the private interview will be treated as Dokusan. Practice Discussion is a discussion with a priest about your practice. Jakuko Mo Ferrell and Choro Carla Antonaccio are available to meet with people for Practice Discussion. The form is to do a standing bow in front of the altar and to bow to and away from your cushion before sitting down, turn clockwise and begin. You may contact them at the zendo or by email. Jakuko can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Choro can be reached at email@example.com.
The CHZC has a Sangha Network of volunteers to offer short-term assistance to those in the sangha who need help with simple tasks such as shopping, arranging for meals, or transportation, due to transitions in one’s life including illness, disability, or death of a loved one. If you would like to volunteer or if you need assistance, please contact Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff at email@example.com. Prison Outreach
Members of the Chapel Hill Zen Center 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 a year or more. Orientation is required by each institution. If you would like more information, please contact Josho at (919) 967-0861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 2018 Board Members
We are happy to announce that the Chapel Hill Zen Center Board Members for 2018 are President, Maura High; Vice President, Ken Wilson; Secretary, John Paredes; Treasurer, Mike McKillip; Members-at-Large, Andrea Ashdown and Colin Maxwell. We offer our deep gratitude to Steve Pickett for serving as Member-at-Large the past two years, and to Shawn Johnson for serving as Member-at-Large this past year – thank you very much for your service.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center now has a blog with photographs from recent ceremonies and events. See: http://chapelhillzen.wordpress.com/.
Altars and Flower Arrangers
If you are interested in helping care for
the altars of our temple, this would be a good time to begin, or return
to, the practice of chidening. Traditionally, chidens are responsible
for maintaining the altars of a temple which means cleaning the altars
themselves, sifting and cleaning the incense burners, trimming candles,
and replenishing needed items.
Adverse Weather Policy
The general rule about coming to the zendo is, 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.
Beginning Zen Practice
Monday nights, February 12 to March 19
A scroll of Shakyamuni Buddha with the two founders of Soto Zen in Japan below, Eihei Dogen Zenji and Keizan Jokin Zenji, now hangs in the zendo. The scroll was a gift from the Soto Zen Headquarters in Japan honoring the Chapel Hill Zen Center as a formally recognized Soto Zen Temple. (Click image for larger view.)
Dharma TalksJosho Pat Phelan will give a public Dharma Talk on
Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 AM.
Kuden Paul Boyle will give a public Dharma Talk on
Sunday, April 22, at 10:30 AM.
Daitsu Thomas Wright will give a public Dharma Talk on
Sunday, May 6 at 10:30 AM.
Everyone is welcome.
An all-day sitting is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 PM. 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: www.kannondo.org/oryoki.
Practice Intensive - We are planning to have a four-week Practice Intensive from June 4-30. More information to follow.
Thursday nights at 6:45 PM
People of Color Sitting Group
Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30
The POC Sitting Group begins with zazen from 6:00-6:40, with an option to stay for group discussion and community building. Both those new to meditation, or experienced, are warmly welcome to join us or drop in as you like. For more information, contact Conal or Kriti at email@example.com
As usual, instruction in zazen and an orientation are offered to the public on Sunday morning at 9:00, and on Tuesday night at 7:00Chinese Calligraphy & Brush Painting
Jinxiu Zhao will teach Chinese Brush Painting/Calligraphy on Sunday afternoons from 2:15-4:10. Classes are small with individual attention, and they will be held on March 4 and 25, and on April 8 and 29.The fee is $30 per class, or $110 for 4 classes. 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.
Tuesday nights at 7:30
This is a recovery group with a Buddhist perspective on the 12-Step Program which meets at the Chapel Hill Zen Center. The meetings begin with twenty minutes of silent meditation. For more information, contact: 919-265-7600 or ZenandRecovery@gmail.com.
Richmond Zen Group
Josho Sensei plans to visit the Richmond Zen Group on Wednesday evening, March 14, at 7:00. She will be available for individual meetings and will give a Dharma Talk.
Wilmington Zen Group
For information contact Elizabeth at (910) 762-7465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gate City Zen Group
The Gate City Zen Group in Greensboro meets for zazen on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:00-6:40, and on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:40, at 917 Union Residence Hall, First Floor Faculty in Residency Unit, at the UNC-G Campus. For more information, contact Denise at email@example.com or 336-324-9970.
New Library Books
The Zen Center Library is available to Particiapting Members to check out books for three weeks at a time, with a two week renewal.
Amazon now donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Your selection will be remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. The Chapel Hill Zen Center is now listed with smile.amazon.comShopping Online?
The Chapel Hill Zen Center is now registered with the online 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.
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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 Shawn at 919-619-2243 or email@example.com.
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