Due to todays weather and the expectation of more snow this evening we will not be have the evening practice in Adams Morgan tonight 2/13/14.Our guest speaker Eleanor Graves has agreed to reschedule her Dharma Talk for March 13th, 2014.Our Sunday Half Day on 2/16 is still “on”.
Hey everyone –
Just yesterday, the reading group finished our third and final session discussing Red Pine’s Lankatavara Sutra. I think we all agreed it was a tough read, but a good text to come back to periodically. You can read paragraph after paragraph and be totally confused, but then stumble across a passage that really resonates. Amazing for a text as old as it is, and Red Pine’s notes and presentation are, as always, just top notch.
Next we’re going to read the Fukan zazengi, Dogen’s classic, short pronouncment/manifesto ‘Recommending Zazen to All People’. It’s short, practical, and very beautiful.
There are numerous translations of this text. Here are a few on the open internet for your reading pleasure:
Again, it’s very short, folks – most translations clock in at under three pages.
We’ll meet on Sunday, January 19th to talk about this text. Hope you can make it!
2013 Fall Practice Period Lankatavara Sutra Tea
Despite not being able to listen to Dairyu’s Dharma talk mid-day, it seemed that we had a very useful discussion during that break period in sitting. Later in the day we were able to Skype with Dragons Leap to participate in the Shosan Ceremony before closing our Sesshin with chanting the refuges.
Many thanks to Lane and Ilaria for sharing Tenzo duty on Sunday and nourishing our practice with healthy, delicious food! Thanks also to Carlos for baking cookies for and managing the afternoon tea.
This year, All Beings Zen Sangha will be participating in a Fall Practice Period beginning on September 29th. Practice period is a tradition in Buddhism allowing for more time dedicated to focused practice, and in the Japanese Zen tradition, it is known as “ango” or “peaceful dwelling”. This traditional period is an opportunity to clarify spiritual intentions, deepen understanding and more fully integrate practice with life circumstances. It is said that participating in practice period is not only a way of returning to the three treasures of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, but also of upholding and revitalizing the entire community.
Below are details of the offerings at All Beings during this period:
Two main opportunities for deepening practice period will be in the areas of zazen (including sesshin) and dharma study as described below. Note that for Dharma study we will be reading and discussing the Lankatavara Sutra. This is the famous text Bodhidharma gave to his successor right before he vanished, saying something to the effect of, “Everything you need is in this book.” It is a classic Zen text.
– Full-Day Retreats (one): Sept. 29th
– Half-Day Retreats (three): Oct. 20th, Nov. 16th, Nov 17th
– Regular sittings: Thursday evenings at 7pm, Monday and Friday mornings at 6:30am
– 5 Day Sesshin (at conclusion): Starting Tuesday December 3rd, Ending Saturday December 7th
Dharma Study & Talks:
– The Practice Period will open with a Dharma talk offered by long time All Beings member Ja Shin Elizabeth Bourne on the topic of “Quotes that inspire my zen practice”. The talk will be given following one period of zazen on Thursday September 26th.
– Three Sunday Morning Teas will be offered to discuss the Lankatavara Sutra on these dates; October 13, October 27 and November 10th. 8am- 9:30am. The first morning we will read the introduction together and decide upon topics for the following two study discussions.
– Other Dharmas Talks, provided by Dairyu Michael Wenger of Dragons Leap Temple in San Francisco California via audio broadcast during full-day sittings and sesshin and by Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger our All Beings Sangha Resident Teacher.
- RSVP for all or any part of the above by sending an email to Bobbi at email@example.com.
Here is a draft sample of the next half day schedule .
– October 20th, 2013-
9am – Zazen
9:30 – Kinhin
9:40 – Zazen
10:10 – Service Heart Sutra
10:20 – Break/Walk
10:50 – Zazen
11:20 – Kinhin
11:30 – Zazen
12:00 Oryoki Lunch
12:45 – Break
1:15 – Dharma Talk
2:00 – Refuges and Closing
The efforts of many hands bring forth the Dharma. If you are in a position to support the Sangha financially through a donation it is most welcome. Donation envelopes can be found near the door of the zendo.
Hi everyone –
So, a few of us are going to be reading and discussing the Lankatavara Sutra, the famous text Bodhidharma gave to his successor right before he vanished, saying something to the effect of, “Everything you need is in this book.” It’s a Zen standard.
Red Pine is the name Bill Porter takes when he translates old Chinese texts. His translations are fantastic, both for their erudition and the presence the author brings to the work. Red Pine lives this stuff, and it shows in his translations.
Bobbi is going to be getting a few copies of Red Pine’s Lanka for members to purchase, but if you want to try to find it through a library, here’s the link to the record in WorldCat (WorldCat is a compendium of library catalogs around the world).
Thanks everyone. Looking forward to reading this with others.
The All Beings Zen Sangha hosted a half day sitting on Sunday June 23 in Adams Morgan. Ten people attended the 6 hour retreat. We were blessed with an amazing rain storm during the mid-morning and the sounds of birds and city life throughout.
Here is a photo of the zendo before we began.
Gratitude to the many people who helped with zendo duties and clean up.
Peace and Blessings,
Inryu Bobbi & Anastasia