Update – Book Club is postponed

Just a quick update, everyone.

Our book club, which was supposed to meet this coming Sunday to talk about One Bird, One Stone has been postponed.  We’ll be talking about the book at the Oct 12 retreat in Maryland.

Thanks folks!


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 retreat.photo

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 to:bagheerayoga@verizon.net

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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: http://allbeingszen.org/

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

Book Club Update and Illaria’s Upcoming Talk



Hi there!

Hope everyone is well where they are, and enjoying this mild DC summer.

Two updates from us at All Beings.

First, long-time member Illaria is moving to the west coast, and she will be sorely missed.  On Thursday, 8/14, she’ll be giving a short talk at the regular Thursday night service – do stop by!

Second, One Bird, One Stone will be the next book we’ll read for the book club discussion group.  Here’s some information about it at WorldCat.org:


This discussion will take place as usual on a Sunday morning at 8:30 am at All Beings Zen Center / Zendo in Adams Morgan.  We’ll meet Sunday, September 21st.

Thanks everyone!


June Events – Heart Sutra book club and an All Day Sit



Two events coming up for June, everyone!


Red Pine’s Heart Sutra book group.  This is Sunday June 15th, from 8 am to 9:15 or so.  We’ll be discussing the introduction to this book – please come!


An all day sit Sunday, June 22nd.  Below is the schedule for this sit.  As always send Bobbi an e-mail with questions or to let us know you can come.  All are welcome!



May 18th All Beings Full Day Zen Retreat-     Draft Schedule
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 given by Inryu
2:00 Break
2:15 Work Practice
2:45 Kinhin
2:55 Zazen
3:15 Tea/Practice Discussion
3:45 Zazen or Afternoon walk
4:15 Kinhin
4:25  Zazen
4:55 Refuges and closing
5:00 Retreat concludes



Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi to visit All Beings Zen Sangha

Dairyu Michael Wenger to visit All Beings Sangha May 31st-June 2nd, 2014 

Dairyu 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.

Below photo R to L:  Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi with the Dan Welch Roshi the new abbot of Dharma Sangha Temple in Crestone CO.  Photo taken by Inryu@Dharma Sangha Temple 2013


Saturday May 31st – Join Dairyu for an informal talk and reception. We will view some of Dairyu’s artwork and recent films and discuss the relationship between creativity and zen practice. The event will be held in the home of Sukumar and Alex Srinivasan (which is near the zendo). Please meet at 3pm in front of 2801 Adams Mill Road NW and we will walk over the Alex and Sukumar’s place together for the event. Below are a few examples of Dairyu’s brush painting.

Sunday June 1st – Dairyu to offer precepts to two members of our Sangha; Sukumar Srinivasan and Carlos Moura. Please arrive by 8:45am for the 9am ceremony in the All Beings Sangha Zendo in Adams Morgan.

Monday June 2nd – Join us for 6:30am morning zazen followed by Heart Sutra service lead by Dairyu.

Space for the Saturday event is limited. Please RSVP via email to confirm that you will attend. inryu@bagheerayoga.com

Welcome to May – Full Day Sit Coming Up / Also Book Group Update




Hi there everyone.

Wanted to let folks know that we’ll be doing a full day sit (workin’ 9 to 5 this time around) on Sunday, May 18th.  As usual, it’ll be at All Beings Zen Center in sunny Adams Morgan.  Please do join us.

The schedule is below.

Also, our book club is on to a new book, and we’ve chosen Red Pine’s translation of The Heart Sutra.  The Heart Sutra is about two pages long, so the book breaks down couplets into chapters, and Red Pine fills us in on the hows, wheres, whos, and whys.  Excited for this one.  Please join us Sunday June 15th 8am-9:30am.  Tea and snacks provided.

Amazon has it of course, but you can also get it maybe here, and also here.


Sunday, May 18th – Full Day Zen Retreat

May 18th All Beings Full Day Zen Retreat-     Draft Schedule
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 given by Inryu
2:00 Break
2:15 Work Practice (preparing for Dairyu Michael Wenger’s Visit on June 1st)
2:45 Kinhin
2:55 Zazen
3:15 Tea/Practice Discussion on the Heart Sutra
3:45 Zazen or Afternoon walk
4:15 Kinhin
4:25  Zazen
4:55 Refuges and closing
5:00 Retreat concludes


Gyozan Lane Robbins to Offer New Poem for “All Beings Sangha” on April 10, 2014

All Beings Sangha member, Gyozan Lane Robbins, will read a new poem that he has written for All Beings Sangha following our regular practice on Thursday April 10th, 2014. Gyozan is moving to San Antonio with his fiancée Kelley, so this will also be an opportunity to bid him farewell and bon voyage.

7 pm opening service, 7:10 two periods of zazen with a 5 minute kinhin interval, 8:00 Poetry reading, questions and adieu.






Baiko Eleanor Graves to Offer Way Seeking Mind Talk March 13, 2014

All Beings Sangha Guest speaker, Baiko Eleanor Graves will give a Way Seeking Mind Talk to include poetry and a little something about Zen Master Dogen.


Baiko Eleanor Graves has been studying and practicing zazen since 1993, including four years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, a traditional Zen Buddhist monastery in the Los Padres National Forest near Carmel Valley, California. She also spent one year at Green Gulch Farm and three months at No Abode Hermitage, both in Marin County. Eleanor recently earned a Masters of Interior Design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and works at Amicus Green Building Center. In her free time, she hikes with her dogs in Rock Creek Park and writes poetry.

7pm opening service
7:10 Zazen
7:25 Baiko Eleanor Graves Talk
8:00 Period for questions


Book Club Update

Suzuki reclining


Today our book club met.  We had a good discussion on the introduction to Shunryu Suzuki’s Sandokai lecture series.  The book is called Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness.  The intro was really inspiring a whole host of thoughts and reactions, and members took the opportunity to talk not only about the text, but other thoughts, ideas, and personal experiences.  We always have a good chat.

For next time, we’ll talk about the first six lectures in the book.  These chapters / lectures each cover a couplet of the original Sandokai text, and are rich without being over-wrought or showy.

Anyways, please join us if you can.

March 16th, 8 to 10 am, at All Beings Zendo in Adams Morgan.

– All Beings Book Club Folks