February Events

We’re well in the swing of things this February, with a full calendar of zazen, talks, classes and workshops.

Ken Tetsuzan Roshi will be offering a four-week Introduction to the Diamond Sutra each Wednesday evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 5. The Diamond Sutra is one of the seminal scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism and is held in especially high regard by the Zen sect. This four-week course will explore, through lectures and discussion, the fundamental themes of the sutra from a Zen perspective: the origin of the sutra, the nature of self, emptiness and transiency, karmic merit, dharma transmission, and the role and nature of the bodhisattva (enlightening being). Click here to register or find out more.

We will have the first of an ongoing series of Mindfulness Saturdays on Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., on the subject of Meeting Obstacles With an Open Heart. What hinders our natural tendency to open and appreciate our lives? Is there a way to train the mind and heart to remain open when life presents us with the unexpected or the unwanted? In this session the practice of compassionate abiding will be incorporated into a morning of sitting and walking meditation. There will also be time devoted to reflection and discussion of welcoming the unwelcome in everyday life. This mindfulness workshop will be led by Janet Solyntjes, a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and a longtime practitioner and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to register.

We will have a weekend sesshin Feb. 21-23, with Karin Ryuku Roshi giving teisho and all three teachers offering dokusan. The sesshin will include a zazenkai Sunday, Feb. 23, so feel free to join sesshin participants for the day. Members may sign up for either sesshin or zazenkai on Signupgenius.com; if you are not a member and would like to attend, or if you are a member and have never attended sesshin before, please email the office for an application. The application deadline is Feb. 9.

Beginning Feb. 3, ZCD office manager and yoga instructor Joel Tagert will be offering vinyasa yoga each Monday from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the multipurpose room. This level 1 class will focus on finding proper alignment in fundamental yoga asanas (poses) to develop stability, strength, balance and awareness within the ceaseless flow of the breath. All are welcome. There is no set fee, but a donation of your choosing is much appreciated.

Following yoga at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, ZCD members Dennis Sienko and Linda Hardesty will be offering a twenty-minute peace meditation. This free, breath-based guided meditation encourages participants to settle into their natural sense of calm and well-being.

Our Buddhist recovery group meets each Monday from 7 – 8:30 p.m., with twenty-five minutes of meditation followed by group discussion supporting recovery from drugs and alcohol. Please note that this is not an AA meeting. All are welcome.

Lastly, we will have our second movie night Friday, Feb. 28, from 7 – 9 p.m. Popcorn is provided!

Other calendar highlights:

Teisho by Peggy Metta Roshi: Sunday, Feb. 2, 8 – 10 a.m.
Samu: Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Family Dharma Program: Sunday, Feb. 9, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Beginners’ night: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Kannon Ceremony followed by a sangha potluck: Sunday, Feb. 16, 8 – 10 a.m.

Please check our calendar for our full schedule. Gassho, and see you in the zendo!

Written by joeltagert

Writer, artist and longtime Zen practitioner.

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