In Zen, we say “When we eat in peace, we create the conditions for peace.” All of this starts in the kitchen, under the direction of the Tenzo. On Sunday, I had the great opportunity to watch the chefs of All Beings Zen, under the direction of Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger, create oryoki lunch for the Sanga during a one-day workshop at Woodburn Hill Farm. Watching Buddhists prepare food is an experience unlike any other (and eating the food is, too!)
Sutra copying is considered a merit in Buddhism. Other meritorious practices included the memorization and recitation of sutras. The effort of sutra copying is considered an expression of piety, and recognized as a devotional practice, since it comprises worship, literature, and calligraphy. Since early in history, it was also not uncommon for people to sponsor monks and nuns to recite or copy sutras, thus indirectly cultivating merit in one’s ancestors, family, and self by transference.
The practice of sutra copying originated in China. Sutra copying was imported to Korea in the third century.[During the Nara period (710-794) in Japan, the practice of sutra copying became very popular in society. —from Wikipedia
Sangha member Gilligan has generously donated Heart Sutra tracing papers from Korea for us.
Rev. Inryu was the visiting teacher for the Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle NY from Jan 10-12th, 2016, while their guiding teacher Rev. Konin Cardenas was in San Francisco for her transmission ceremony.
Our resident priest Rev. Inryu officiated for a recent outdoor wedding in Arlington VA. We set up a simple Altar on a small table.
As part of the ceremony those in attendance were asked to close their eyes and take a moment to bring full attention to the current moment. Feeling their bodies, the air around them, the sounds in the environment and to observe their breathing. We then shared a moment of silence to settle into the beauty the moment and place.
The couple vowed to take refuge in Awakening, Truth and Community.
The vowed to support and cherish life, to live generously with an open heart, to remain faithful in relationship, to communicate honestly and simply, to treat all beings and each other with dignity and respect, to work for the benefit of others, to be humble, to not hand on to grudges or angered and to awaken to their connection to all life.Rev. Inryu has been the official celebrant for weddings in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and Washington DC. She is a registered officiant with the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The photos above are from Phyllis Petronello Photography
Taking the All Beings Zen Practice into the Mountains of Virginia last Wednesday. A group of us spent 4 1/2 hours on the BlueRidge Mountain and Appalachian Mountain trails: sitting two periods of zazen, sharing a quiet period of hiking and enjoying discussions about Dharma and practice throughout the remaining hike and on the drive to and from our homes.
Dairyu was suddenly unable to travel due to illness. We will hope to reschedule with him for Spring 2016.
Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi (All Beings Zen Sangha’s guiding teacher) trained and practiced for many years at the San Francisco Zen Center and received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. He is now Guiding Teacher of Dragon’s Leap Meditation Center where he emphasizes zazen, brush painting and Dharma classes. Courage, compassion and creativity are his touchstones.
Thursday September 10th – Dairyu to offer a Dharma Talk on Dogen’s GenjoKoan 7pm – Adams Morgan
Friday September 11th – Morning Zazen and Dokusan with Dairyu, Service 6:30am – Adams Morgan
Saturday September 12th – Day Retreat at Woodburn Hill Farm with Dairyu focusing on Dogen’s GenjoKoan and offering Dokusan, carpooling from the city at 8:15am. – Mechanicsville MD
Monday – September
14th – Morning Zazen and Dokusan with Dairyu, Service 6:30am, with breakfast “out” in the neighborhood following the morning program – Adams Morgan
Please email Inryu at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for any or all of these opportunities to study the “way of zen” with Dairyu.
Dokusan – is a one to one interview with the teacher. It is a rare and valuable opportunity to have a senior zen teacher with us offering his time and support. Everyone is welcome to avail themselves of the Sangha gatherings and one-on-one interviews with while Dairyu is here. Please join us…..
August 18th at 7PM – BloomScreen and All Beings Zen present an inspiring new documentary… States of Grace
States of Grace (2014, 74 min), by Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman – After surviving a near-fatal head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge, a revered physician struggles to come to terms with her injuries and discover new meaning in her radically altered life. Her longtime partner cares for her and their disabled teenage daughter as the family embarks on a journey of loss, resilience, and renewal. (http://tinyurl.com/states-of-grace-trailer)
The screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A with Rev. Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger, a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support both BloomBars and the work of All Beings Zen Sangha, a Zen Buddhist Community in Washington DC and Maryland. Free organic popcorn.
BloomScreen is located at: 3222 11th Street NW, Washington DC 20010
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