October 21, 2014

“In order to be sure that a certain person is not present, you must know the absent person. Likewise, in order to be certain of the meaning of ‘selflessness’, or ‘the lack of intrinsic existence’, you must carefully identify the self, or intrinsic nature, that does not exist. For, if you do not have a clear concept of the object to be negated, you will also not have accurate knowledge of its negation.” -Tsongkhapa : Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

Samatha – Fire Kasina

90 minutes combined | 1.5 hours total

October 20, 2014

I see in the world
people with wealth
who, from delusion,
don’t make a gift
of the treasure they’ve gained.
Greedy, they stash it away,
hoping for even more
sensual pleasures.

A king who, by force,
has conquered the world
and rules over the earth
to the edge of the sea,
dissatisfied with the ocean’s near shore,
longs for the ocean’s
far shore as well.

Kings & others
— plenty of people —
go to death with craving
unabated. Unsated,
they leave the body behind,
having not had enough
of the world’s sensual pleasures.

- Buddha, MN 82: Ratthapala Sutta

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

Samatha – Fire Kasina

90 minutes combined | 1.5 hours total

October 19, 2014

“There is no self residing in body and mind, but the cooperation of the conformation produces what people call a person. Paradoxical though it may seem, there is a path to walk on, there is walking to be done, but there is no traveler. There are deeds being done, but no doer. There is blowing of air, but no wind-god behind it doing the blowing. The thought of existing self is an error, and all existences are as hollow as the plantain tree and as empty as twirling water bubbles.” – Buddhaghosa

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Zen Center: Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen

Dokusan – Mu Koan

Heart Sutra, Bodhisattva Vows, Metta Sutta

Dharma Talk by Sensei

Prostrations

Precepts class with Sensei

Metta Bhavana to conclude the day

240 minutes combined | 4 hours total

October 18, 2014

One-day Sesshin

“You should know that this sudden teaching abandons the use of language to reveal the truth. How, then, can it be established as a teaching that can be expressed in words?” – Fazang

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen, ad infinitum

Heart Sutra, Bodhisattva Vows, Metta Sutta

Dharma Talk by Sensei

Dokusan – Mu Koan

Prostrations

420 minutes combined | 7 hours total

October 17, 2014

“The equality of the Buddha’s preaching is like a rain of a single flavor, but depending upon the nature of the living being, the way in which it is received is not uniform, just as the various plants and trees each receive the moisture in a different manner.” – Lotus Sutra

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

60 minutes combined | 1 hour total

October 16, 2014

“Set aside all involvements and let the myriad things rest. Zazen is not thinking of good, not thinking of bad. It is not conscious endeavour. It is not introspection. Do not desire to become a buddha; let sitting or lying down drop away. Be moderate in eating and drinking. Be mindful of the passing of time, and engage yourself in zazen as though you are saving your head from fire.” – Dogen Zenji

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

60 minutes combined | 1 hour total

October 15, 2014

“(The metaphor of) comprehending a dream’s illusion means that the physical manifestations which our deluded minds consider to exist are under examination seen to be as unreal as a man conjured up by magic. The case is indeed like awaking from a night dream to the realization that everything in it was non-existent.” – Fazang

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

60 minutes combined | 1 hour total

October 14, 2014

“To those who see [the world] clearly and properly, the separation between that which perceives and that which is perceived ceases; there is no such external world…When the Mind is agitated by habit-energy (or memory) there rises what appears to be an external world; when the dualistic imagination ceases there grows [transcendental] knowledge, the realm of suchness, the realm of the wise, which is free from appearances and beyond thought.” – Lankavatara Sutra

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

Metta Bhavana evening practice

120 minutes combined | 2 hours total

October 13, 2014

“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass, or even in one drop of water. Enlightenment does not divide you, just as the moon does not break the water. You cannot hinder enlightenment, just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky.” – Dogen Zenji

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Morning Shikanta-Zazen, Kinhin, Shikanta-Zazen, Chanting of Bodhisattva Vows and Heart Sutra, Prostrations

60 minutes combined | 1 hour total

October 12, 2014

“Like it or not, if you look at your own mind you will discover it is void and groundless; as insubstantial as empty space.” – Padmasambhava

Homage | Buddha Vandana

Three Refuges | Tisarana

Precepts | Pañca Silani

Zazen (concentration), Kinhin, Zazen (mindfulness), prostrations, Heart Sutra, Metta Sutta, Dharma talk.

Precepts class with Sensei

150 minutes combined | 2.5 hours total