New Year Eve Service 2014 into 2015 – Dec 31, 2014

Carlos and Marilou Moura have kindly made their home available for us to
have a New Years Eve sitting and chanting ceremony. They reside on Ordway NW near Wisconson Avenue.

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Please RSVP if you can join us. We need a head count for zabutons and
zafus.

10:20pm Zazen
10:55pm Nine bows
Heart Sutra
Three bows
11:05pm Begin the chant Kanzeon (108 times)
Some people may do the 108 prostrations (optional)
12:00pm Celebrate the entering of 2015 with a few minutes of silence
12:05pm Tea and cookies

Events Solstice December 21, 2014

All Beings Zen Sangha Solstice Day Retreat –  Sunday December 21th, 2014

Twelve people attended our Solstice Day Zen Retreat on Sunday December 21st. Amy B. made these amazing vegan cookies to have with tea during our afternoon practice discussion.

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Recipe for Haroset sweetmeats (Middle East)

2 cups/350 g pitted dates
1/2 cup/75 g sultanas (I used golden raisins instead)
1/2 cup/75 g raisins
1/2 cup/75 g walnuts
pinch of cinnamon
1-2 tbsp sweet red wine (masala or port)

Put everything (but just HALF the wine) in food processor. Make a mixture that sticks together; you can add more wine so that it binds. Using clean, wet hands roll teaspoonfuls into small balls and put on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Source: One World Vegetarian Cookbook by Troth Wells, 2012

Book Group Update – The Diamond Sutra

 

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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:

http://www.diamond-sutra.com/

We’ll see you there!

Sam

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.

Sam