for more information call 967-0861
There will be no zazen on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, or on Friday, November 29. We will have our usual Sunday morning program on December 1.
This year, there will be no zazen from Monday, December 23, through Saturday, Dec. 28. There will be zazen at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings, December 22 and 29, but the zendo will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, December 30, 31, and January 1. The usual schedule will resume on Thursday, January 2. The New Year’s Eve program will begin at 8:00 PM on Tuesday night, December 31.
The General Meeting, the annual business meeting of members, will be held on Sunday morning, November 10, at 11:00, following Temple Cleaning. The nominees for the next Board of Directors will be introduced and the budget for 2014 will be presented. Everyone is encouraged to attend, but only Participating Members are eligible to vote. If you have agenda items, please contact the Board President, David Guy at email@example.com.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center now has a blog with photographs from recent ceremonies and events. See: http://chapelhillzen.wordpress.com/.
Josho Sensei will lead Rohatsu sesshin from Friday night, December 6, through Friday afternoon, December 13. Sesshin is an intimate way to practice with ourselves and others. We begin sesshin together, we sit together, walk together, eat together, and work together. Our practice is supported by the entire universe and each of us is supporting everyone else. In order to help all of us settle into the schedule and our zazen practice, please arrive on time. It is possible to sit part of the sesshin, but please come to orientation on Friday night, and plan to sit for at least two days, and, when registering, clearly explain what part of sesshin you would like to attend.
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 plan 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, a Dharma talk, work period, formal meals served in the zendo. Dokusan, an individual meeting with Josho Sensei, will be available. The day will end around 9:30 p.m. The fees are $40 per day for Participating Members and $50 per day for others. Fees for the whole sesshin are $260 for Participating Members and $330 for others. 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. Scholarships are available. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact David at davidguy @mindspring.com. In the past, contributions received for scholarships were very helpful in allowing people to attend sesshin here and at the San Francisco Zen Center. Please return your registration form by November 29, with a $30 deposit.
You are welcome to sleep in the zendo, and there will 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, please contact Josho at (919) 967-0861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center Children’s Program will begin meeting on Sunday morning, September 15, from 9:00-11:00, for kids age four and up. The program will include short lessons on Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness, ethics, compassion, and interconnectedness, and it is open to people from all traditions; parents of children in the program need not be members of the CHZC. This Fall, we will meet on Sunday mornings, September 15and 29, October 13, November 10, and December 1 and 15. For more information about the 2013-14 program: http://childrensprogramchzc.wordpress.com/ or contact Andrea and Lance at email@example.com. If this will be your child’s first time to attend the program, please contact Andrea or Lance ahead of time.
Sensory Awareness Workshop
In the practice of becoming more quiet and mindful, the question might arise of the part played by the body in the whole scheme of things. Our teacher, Charlotte Selver, often asked, "What is mindfulness, if the ‘mind’ is present in every cell?" A wonderful question, indeed! Becoming mindful, then, would also mean to become more embodied. We were all deeply embodied as children. In the striving for mental mastery and in the development of abstract thinking and exploration, the body often seems to have been left behind. The body, however, is a source of deep wisdom and intelligence, as well as of empathy and compassion. It offers a fount of pleasure and delight. Becoming more embodied would lead one to actually experience how good it is to be alive. The quest for mindfulness and presence, then, demands that we become more embodied, thereby opening the doorway to a world of deeper quiet and "experiencing."
Marlene Zweig will return to lead a Sensory Awareness Workshop on Friday night and Saturday, November 8 and 9. The workshop will begin at 7:00 on Friday night and continue on Saturday from 9:30 - 4:30. Please bring a bag lunch. You are welcome to enjoy the wooded grounds and meditation path at the Zen Center on breaks.
Marlene lives in Denver and is a long-term meditator and student of Charlotte Selver, who introduced Sensory Awareness to the United States. Charlotte Selver was friends with Suzuki Roshi, and she taught many Sensory Awareness workshops over a thirty-year period at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm to benefit the San Francisco Zen Center. The fees for the workshop are $75, or $60 for members. Partial scholarships are available. If you would like to request a scholarship, please contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the past, contributions received for scholarships were very helpful in allowing people to attend practice events. People from out of town may sleep at the zendo. To register or more information, please contact Josho Sensei at (919) 967-0861 or email@example.com.
Sangha member, Joel Feigin, will have an original piece performed by the Chiompi String Quartet on Saturday night, November 2, 2013, at Duke University.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-324-9970.
Wake-Forest University Meditation Group
The Wake-Forest Meditation Group meets on 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 more information: http://chaplain.studentlife.wfu.edu/worshipmeditation-opportunities/wake-forest-university-meditation-group. Josho will visit and give a Dharma Talk on Wednesday night, September 11.
Workshop: Suzuki Roshi's Commentary on Dogen Zenji's Receiving the Marrow by Bowing
On Sunday 17 November at 11:00, Michael Quick will lead a discussion on Suzuki Shunryu Roshi’s unpublished 1930 thesis, written while he was a young student at Komazawa University. The thesis attempts an interpretation of Dogen Zenji that situates him within both Soto tradition and then-current research on the concept of religion, with a focus on the Raihai Tokuzui (Receiving the Marrow by Bowing) fascicle of the Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye). This workshop will go from 11:00-2:00 and will include lunch. The fee is $20. Michael is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Religion at Duke University.
Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony
On Sunday morning, December 15, we will commemorate Buddha’s Enlightenment at 10:30 with a short talk directed to the kids followed by a candle lighting and special service in the zendo. At the end of service, the kids will be given a gift of incense and a candle. The morning will end with pot-luck refreshments with beverages provided. Two periods of zazen, beginning at 9:00 a.m. will be held as usual.
New Year’s Eve
On Tuesday night, December 31, we will welcome the New Year with two periods of zazen at 8:00 and 8:50 followed by the Bodhisattva Ceremony at 9:20, and a Fire Ceremony at 9:50 followed by refreshments. For the Fire Ceremony, you may write down habits and tendencies, difficult states of mind, tangled aspects of relationships, and so on, that you would like to release. There will be an outdoor fire to burn the papers along with the name cards from Memorial Services held during the past year and incense stubs that have accumulated throughout year. Everyone is welcome for the whole program or to any part of it. The program will end with pot-luck refreshments, with beverages provided.
The Study Group for this Fall will begin meeting on Thursday night, September 12, from 6:45-8:00, and will focus on the short text, "The Merging of Difference and Unity" or the Sandokai, by Sekito Kisen, one of the early Chinese Zen Ancestors. Together we will read Suzuki Roshi’s commentary on this text in his book, Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness. This is a collection of talks given by Suzuki Roshi in the early days of monastic practice at Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Buddhist monastery in the Americas. There are used copies of Branching Streams for sale at the Zen Center and they can also be found for sale on-line. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
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 email@example.com.
Zen Center Library
The Members’ Library is in the Annex portion of the building. In addition to many books on Zen practice and texts by Dogen Zenji, but there are also Pali Suttas, Mahayana Sutras, Buddhist books for children, as well as books on a Buddhist practice approach to such things as death and dying, working with depression, and parenting. Please come by and see what the library has to offer. Participating Members may check out books for three weeks and renew them for up to two weeks, and others are welcome to read in the library. A catalog of the library can be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0 AsG_ JsL3mjzvdFdoRURGcmZ3aFJsSTNKb2xoU2NxMmc#gid=0
Conal Ho, Librarian
Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting
Jinxiu Zhao will teach Chinese Calligraphy on Sunday afternoons from 1:10-2:40, on November 10 and 24, and on December 1 and 15. Chinese Brush Painting is from 1:10-3:10. 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.
Richmond Zen Group
Josho Sensei will visit and give a talk at the Richmond Zen Group on Wednesday night, September 25, at 7:00. For more information contact Kevin at 804- 366-5546 or see www.ekojirichmond.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 at 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
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message with a link to a PDF file of the paper newsletter which is mailed
every two months, please send your request to:
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is always attached to the bottom of the Events page in the pink box on the
left. 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. 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
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.
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.
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.
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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