Book Group Update – The Diamond Sutra




Howdy everyone.

Just a quick update for those who like to read books and talk about them on Sunday mornings with tea.

The next of these will be Sunday, January 4th, 2015.  We’ll be reading the Diamond Sutra.  Further, we’re all going to read and bring whatever translation we’d like, figuring that the differences in the translations will enhance the discussion and, hopefully, what people can take away.

I’ll be reading the Red Pine version, myself.  Here’s a free one online:

We’ll see you there!


November and December Events Updated

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Just wanted to let everyone know that the events page has been updated for November and December.  There’ll be a sit on 11/16, Rohatsu festivities, and another all-day sit on 12/21.  Please do come sit with us!  All are welcome.

Further: we’ll be continuing our book club in December, this time with the Diamond Sutra.  Details about that will be forthcoming, but two editions to consider are this one and this one.

Thanks folks.  If your fall is harried and hectic, that’s the best time to make time to sit.  I’m off to do just that.



Upcoming events for October 2014



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All Beings continues to move, shake.  There’ll be a retreat on October the 12th and it’ll be out in Maryland.  Get in touch if you need a ride, want to come, etc.  Details are as follows:


All Beings One Day Zen Retreat at Woodburn Hill Farm, Mechanicsville MD.

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

10-4 (informal lunch provided)


10 Opening Bell Chant/Kanzeon/Heart Sutra

10:15 Zazen

10:40 Kinhin

10:50 Zazen

11:15 Practice Discussion

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Zazen

1:30 Kinhin

1:40 Zazen

2:10 Kinhin

2:30 Book Discussion One Bird, One Stone with tea and cookies

3:15 Zazen

3:45 Kinhin

3:50 Closing Circle/Refuges


Inryu can provide directions and help coordinate ride sharing to the farm from the city environs.  RSVP with Inryu at




Also!  Here are the dates for November and December all-day sits:


Sunday November 16th – All Beings Zen Sangha Day Retreat – Adams Morgan

Sunday December 21st –  All Beings Zen Sangha Day Retreat – Adams Morgan


As always, get in touch if you’re interested so we know how many people to expect.


Thanks folks!
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Photo of Early Fall Sesshin in Pikesville MD.

Six members of All Beings Zen Sangha joined the One Heart Sangha for a wonderful Early Fall Sesshin at Holy Trinity Retreat Center in Pikesville MD. A strong and dedicated practice was in evidence! We all enjoyed the Kinhin outside in the beautiful surrounds of the retreat center buildings. Sensei Barbara Craig, Sensei Rose Mary Dougherty and Rev. Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger co-lead the

Call to Artists!

Call to Artists! All Beings Zen is announcing a call to artists for the 2015 Sangha calendar project. Drawings, paintings, photography, poetry, brief writings, and other forms are now being considered. Please submit up to three works by September 30, 2014, either in person or via e-mail

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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:

Thank you.
May all beings be happy!
Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger