Half-Day Zazenkai led by Jishin Sensei

August 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2601 St. Andres Blvd.
Boca Raton

Today we will introduce our Ango program and explain the many ways you can participate.

This year the Southern Palm Zen Group is offering our first Ango (peaceful dwelling), a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism.

Ango is a time to intensify our practice, to study, work with Sangha members, and deepen our focus, compassion and wisdom.  This year we will examine Form as it relates to Zen practice.  We invite you to join us from Sept. 4, 2019 to Nov. 9, 2019.

Join us for a wonderful morning of meditation, a dharma talk,  and the opportunity for dokusan with one of our teachers.  After the program, we invite you to join the group for a convivial lunch at a nearby soup and salad restaurant.   Suggested donation is $15.00.   Please RSVP to southernpalmzengroup@gmail.com by August 21, 2019. Seating is limited.

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"Menju"or "Face to Face Transmission" aside from being the title of a chapter in Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo, is also the name for one of the most basic Zen traditions. This "face to face" started with Shakyamuni Buddha holding up a flower on Vulture Peak and Mahakashyapa simply smiling. It is akin to the gaze between mother and child; a mirroring; a nourishment for mutual development.

Today we have the technological "IndraNet." It offers seemingly endless resources for the sharing of written and graphic teachings. This blog is one such nodule in the vast net.

However, the blog is in no way intended to replace Menju, our being together as a group or individually with a teacher. This blog is a service only. Its intention is to use the form, like the banks of a river, to direct or awaken the flow of ancient and contemporary wisdom for ourselves and the world we are part of.

Traveling in this blog, newcomers to our group may get a scent of the climate we practice in; a taste of what appeals to those who practice with us; and might take a step to sit with us and discover what it means to be with lovers of true silence. The silence that echoes from every teaching that connects and says "I have been here all along. There never was a need to search. Rest in this shared wisdom and find the place that seems most natural." Doshin Sensei