Call for Artists

Call to Artists! All Beings Zen Sangha is announcing a call to artists for the 2016 Sangha calendar project. Drawings, paintings, photography, poetry, brief writings, and other forms are now being considered. Please submit up to three works by July 30, 2015, either in person or via e-mail to


Background: Zen has a long history of embracing and inspiring art. Following in this tradition, All Beings Zen Sangha is proud to display member’s work in calendars, web sites, and other media. Founded by a small group of dedicated Zen students in 2004, All Beings Zen Sangha serves as a warm space for the Zen Dharma practice in Washington DC. Visit us on the web at:

Rev. Inryu to offer Dharma talk on June 6th, 2015 at Ka Shin Zendo, Takoma Park MD


Rev. Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger (ShinChi InRyu – Body Wisdom, Hidden Dragon), will be offering a Talk on the topic of “Freedom” on Saturday June 6th, 2015 at Ka Shin Zendo in Takoma Park, MD.

Rev. Inryu is a Soto Buddhist Priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (founder of the San Francisco Zen Center She is the resident priest for the All Beings Zen Sangha in Washington DC

Ka Shin Zendo is located in the Library of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park MD 20912
The Saturday Practice will begin with Zazen starting at 8:30am. And the morning program is usually completed by 11:00am.

Speakers at All Beings Zen Sangha in May 2015

rakusu_tree_sm Monday May 18th, 2015 7pm Guest Teacher

“If we lose the spirit of continuous practice, it could be a very awful thing. But if we continue our practice, something very meaningful and beautiful will result. The most meaningful thing is our effort to develop Buddha’s
Way.” –         Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Sensei Steve Weintraub will explore this quote by Suzuki Roshi for his Dharma Talk on Monday May 18th, 2015 7pm.  Sensei was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 1973, has been teaching Buddhism at San Francisco Zen Center for over 30 years, and received Dharma transmission in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1993, from Sojun Mel Weitsman. Steve has a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, and works as a therapist in the context of contemporary analytic depth psychology.

Sunday May 24th, 2Tova photo for publicity015 8am – Guest Teacher
Jisan Tova Green is a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.She will be exploring the topic of “Tenderness and Compassion.   “Tender” means both “raw or painful when touched” and “showing affection or love for someone or something.” We can transform the pain we feel when we judge ourselves or internalize negative messages we receive from others to feeling tender in the sense of caring for ourselves and one another.
Jisan serves as the Development Director at the  San Francisco Zen Center and was ordained a priest in 2003. After many years of Vipassana practice, Tova Green began sitting at Green Gulch Farm in 1990 and became a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center in 1999. She is the former President of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) and was also a coordinator with the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement (BASE), the first Buddhist volunteer corps of its kind. She currently resides at the San Francisco Zen Center.

Daishin McCabe Dharma Talk – Thursday April 23rd

DSCN1058“Ho bo kore Dojo” in Japanese means, “Right where you walk is your practice place”. Zen practice is often associated with seated meditation. But what about the practice of walking meditation? What is the place of walking in attaining the Buddha Way? In his talk at All Beings Sangha, Daishin will share Dharma teachings on the importance of walking meditation for our practice.Daishin Eric McCabe is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest.
He teaches Buddhist philosophy, meditation, yoga, and calligraphy to people of all walks of life and spiritual paths. Daishin undertook a 15 year mentorship with Abbess Dai-En Bennage of Mount Equity Zendo, located in rural central Pennsylvania. During this time he trained at various Soto Zen Monasteries in Japan, France, California, and Nebraska. He is also a certified hatha Yoga teacher.

Late February Update – Precepts, Readings, and Sits

From wonderfulrife at blogspot.

From wonderfulrife at blogspot.

All Beings Sangha members – 

Hope everyone is staying warm out there – man, it is cold (even for this seasoned New Englander).

Just a quick update on some late February and March happenings with All Beings, aside from the Monday, Thursday, and Friday sits and services, which I’d heartily recommend you join if you can bear to leave your house.

This coming Sunday, at All Beings Zendo / Zen Center in Adams Morgan, there will be a meet up for those who are taking or are interested in taking the precepts.  There’ll be a short sit, then a discussion, and then some work on rakusu (rakusus? rakusii?).  We’ll begin at 8 am.

On Sunday the 1st of March, we’ll continue with our discussion of the Diamond Sutra.  We’ll begin at 8 am, and there’ll be tea and cookies at this one.  It’s a real pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning, talking with other members about what they’ve read, even if we sometimes leave just as perplexed as when we arrived.  So it goes.  It’s nice, though.  Bring a copy of the Diamond Sutra in any translation.

Then on Sunday the 15nd of March, we’ll have a full-day sit.  So mark your calendars accordingly.

Thanks folks!  Stay warm.