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Wednesday Evening Dharma

New Schedule Beginning Wednesday, September, 8th

9/8: Koan Study & Discussion Group Facilitated by Kagayaki Karen Morris

1st Wednesday of the month ( 2nd Wednesday, 9/8, September Only) for zazen, koan study and group discussion group: 7:30 – 8:40 PM (6:30 Central time).

[Meeting Dates: 10/6, 11/3, 12/1/21; 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1, 7/6/22]

Studying and practicing together is the Buddha way. Koan study is intended to aid in deepening our penetration into the Buddha Dharma.

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Mind & Environment Reading

9/15 Jukai Study Group Facilitated by Seiso Sensei and Guests

2st Wednesday of the month (3rd Wednesday, 9/15, September Only) for zazen, Jukai study and group discussion. 7:30 – 8:40 PM (6:30 Central time).

[Meeting Dates: 10/13, 11/10, 12/8/21; 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13/22]

Jukai is a practice rooted in the earliest followers of the Buddha. It acknowledges a commitment to formally enter the lineage of Buddhist ancestors and take up the Buddha way as expressed in the precepts.

Jukai recipients sew their own Rakusu. Participants also prepare by studying the precepts and discussing how they are challenged by them, and how the wisdom in authentic dharma practice and study functions to face everyday life.  

Precept study and practice is a personal realizational process that engages student and teacher who are committed to working together toward fruition. The culminating Jukai ceremony marks the individual’s entry into the lineage of ancestors and reflect deepening introspection, compassion, commitment and realization.

This class is open to all, whether you will be entering formal Jukai practice and study, or participating informally.

9/22 Genjo-e Dogen Study Group with Seiso Sensei

3rd Wednesday of the Month (4th Wednesday, 9/22, September Only)

[Meeting Dates: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15/22; 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20/22]

Eihei Dogen’s Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye) is a collection of teachings considered Dogen’s masterwork.

This series of presentations and discussions offers a detailed examination of the text, its philosophical origins and implications for formal practice and daily life.Current Reading: Ryugin,”Dragon’s Song”

9/29 Zen & Psychoanalysis Study Group, Facilitators: Risa Mandell, Kagayaki Karen Morris & Seiso Sensei

4th Wednesday of the Month (5th Wednesday, 9/ 29 September Only)

[Meeting Dates: 10/27, 11/24, 12/22/21; 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25, 6/22, 7/27/22]

Study of both disciplines will begin with Shakyamuni Buddha’s foundational teaching on dependent arising as explicated in in the Upanisa Sutra, a discourse on the causes and conditions of suffering and the path that leads to freedom from suffering. From this entry point, this inter-textual study group will explore a variety of Buddhist and psychoanalytic concepts, with an eye toward enhancing personal practice and clinical efficacy.

All classes will be held via Zoom and begin with a period of zazen. Wednesday evenings 7:30- 8:40 P.M., New York time. (Zoom Zendo opens at 7:20 for fellowship. Please be seated and settled before 7:30)

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