2013 Fall Practice Period

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.

Zazen.

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.

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.

The Lankatavara Sutra

The Lankatavara Sutra

 

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.

Sam

Ten People attended All Beings Half Day Retreat in Adams Morgan on June 23rd, 2013

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.

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Gratitude to the many people who helped with zendo duties and clean up.

Peace and Blessings,

Inryu Bobbi & Anastasia

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Fifteen people attended our May 19th Half Day Retreat

Recipe for the Muesli that went into the first bowl for Oryoki breakfast on May 19th, 2013

Ingredients.

  • 3 tablespoons of apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed rice
  • 1 cup all bran
  • 1/2 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Method.

Preheat the oven to 200C / 390F. Makes about 8 servings

In a large bowl drizzle the apple sauce and maple syrup all around the inside of the bowl. Add the oats, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir in until all the apple sauce and maple syrup is mixed in.

Spread the oats evenly on a large oven proof tray and bake in the oven for ten minutes.

Remove the oats from the oven and sprinkle the pecans, almonds and pepitas on top. Sprinkle the coconut on last. Return to the oven for around 3 minutes; until the coconut is toasted.

Take from the oven again and add the puffed rice. Turn the oven off and put the muesli back in for a minute to crisp up the puffed rice.

Remove the tray from the oven, pour the muesli back into the bowl with dried fruit. Mix together and leave to cool before storing.

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The recipe is a slight adaptation from: http://veganforeveryone.com/recipes/apple-pecan-muesli/

All Beings Abode Zen Sangha May 19th Half-day Sitting Schedule

All Beings Abode Zen Sangha May 19th
Half-day Sitting Schedule

6 am zazen
6:40 kinhin
6:50 zazen
7:17 Robe Chant
7:20 morning service
7:40 zazen/open
8:00 continued
8:20 kinhin
9:00 Oryoki instruction
9:15 Oryoki (oroyki means “just enough,” and the meal is eaten in silence in the meditation hall)
9:30 break
10:00 zazen
10:35 kinhin
10:45 Practice discussion
11:35 zazen
noon Three Refuges

 

Zen Mind….

Beginnings

 

 

This is the first post for the new All Beings Abode Zen group’s website.  There will be more soon.  Bear with us while we get this up and running, folks.  Thanks!