Posts by SHAON 紗恩

It is You – Text reading 5/13/12

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, UZ Videos, Weekly Words | 0 comments

It is You – Text reading 5/13/12

Text reading from May 13th 2012 UZ Practice Period. Excerpt from Essential Zen One of the things that is realized when you see the nature of self is that what you do and what happens to you are the same thing. Realizing that you do not exist separately from everything else, you realize responsibility: you are responsible for everything you experience. You can no longer say, “He made me angry.” How could he make you angry?  Only you can make you angry. That understanding changes your way of relating to the world and your way of looking at stress. You see that stress is created in your mental...

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The Awakened – The Dhammapada | Text Reading 5/6/12

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

The Awakened – The Dhammapada | Text Reading 5/6/12

Thus I have heard, The Historical Buddha said: Dhammapada Chapter 14 – [excerpt] The Awakened The Person whose victory is not diminished, whose victory no on in the world can touch, that one is awakened, of limitless sphere, trackless. By what path would you lead that one? The person whom there is no ensnaring, entangling craving, that one is awakened, of limitless sphere, trackless. By what path would you lead that one? They are wise who pursue meditation, delighting in the calm of renunciation. Even the radiant ones long for those who are fully awakened, the mindful. Difficult is the...

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Inner Peace Fest & 1st Beginners Practice – Notes from Practice May 5th & 6th 2012

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Audio & Video, Events, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, Past Events, UZ Videos | 0 comments

Inner Peace Fest & 1st Beginners Practice – Notes from Practice May 5th & 6th 2012

Last weekend was a great weekend of happenings for us at Underdog Zendo. Inner Peace Festival – May 5th 2012 Saturday some of us went to the  Chicago Inner Peace Festival to join MedMob Chicago in meditation. Our meditation time was during the Gong Meditation performed by Kenny Kolter, which was interesting for us because in zazen we do not try to create a blissful experience, rather we just calmly sit in bare-bones reality & as such we work to just take in all sense experience equally. So we hear the Gongs, we hear the planes passing over head, we hear the children &...

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Chicago Full Moon Jam – 1st Gathering of the Year! May 6th 2012

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Events, Past Events | 0 comments

Chicago Full Moon Jam – 1st Gathering of the Year! May 6th 2012

Come on out to the Full Moon Celebration! One of Chicago’s wonderful peoples traditions, this is the 1st gathering on the year!  We come together at the beach & have a huge drum circle, people dance & spin fire. This Sunday we will be heading from Zen Practice to the Full Moon Jam for all who wish to attend. The Full Moon Jams’ unite performing artists and spectators through a love and appreciation of fire art. Encompassing myriad performance styles and tools, fire dancers from the greater Chicago area and Great Lakes share their creative gifts by the shore of Lake Michigan,...

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Zazen River | Text Reading 4/29/12

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Everything Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Zazen River | Text Reading 4/29/12

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. ~Sheng-Yen...

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Chicago Inner Peace Festival – Sat May 5th 2012

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured, Past Events | 0 comments

Chicago Inner Peace Festival – Sat May 5th 2012

  THE 3rd ANNUAL CHICAGO INNER PEACE FESTIVAL The 3rd Annual Chicago Inner Peace Festival is once again bringing consciousness and peace to the city on May 5, 2012. Building on the success of last year’s festival, this interfaith event is a major opportunity for Chicago to unify in one mind, one heart and one love — it is our way of contributing to peace in the world. How does this happen? The Inner Peace Festival will have meditations, blessings, prayer and other activities to help individuals find peace inside. Through learning how to forgive, how to give and how to love what is...

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All Dharmas in this Moment | Drinking Gourd Podcast

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

All Dharmas in this Moment | Drinking Gourd Podcast

On EarthDay 2012, we listened to the Drinking Gourd dharma talk All Dharmas in this Moment which was recorded in Spring of 2011 from our Senior Dharma Teacher Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik of the Drinking Gourd Institute & The Buddhist Temple of Toledo. This dharma discussion refers to a teaching from the Innumerable Meanings Sutra on the subject of impermanence were the historical Buddha talks about how one should consider phenomenon. The text discusses in this recording is found below. Please follow the links below to listen to this Podcast.   Listen to this Podcast | The Drinking Gourd...

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EarthDay 2012 | MedMob & UZ Practice Period

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

EarthDay 2012 | MedMob & UZ Practice Period

Earth Day 2012 – This was an wonderful & adventuress day of practice. Fist we had a MedMob gathering in Millennium park. This was just the simple act of people showing up to a public location to practice silent meditation together. On Earth Day we joined over 300 Cities world wide in this unified practice & peaceful intentions in our hearts. We had 22 people show up to meditate together of different faiths & contemplative traditions. The UZ bunch had 7 people in attendance including a fun crew form Elgin, IL. thanx to the organizing efforts of our wonderful members. The...

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Who is Your Enemy? | Drinking Gourd Dharma Talk with Rev. Rinsen | Notes from Practice 4/15/12

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Who is Your Enemy? | Drinking Gourd Dharma Talk with Rev. Rinsen | Notes from Practice 4/15/12

Last months Practice Period was another 1st* For the 1st time in our Sangha. we listened to a Drinking Gourd In Podcast; Dharma talk from our Senior Dharma Teacher Rev. Rinsen Weik from The Buddhist Temple of Toledo  & the Drinking Gourd Institute which was recorded in June 3rd, 2019. This Dharma Talk “Who is Your Enemy?” is about the nature of conflict & breaking down our perceptions which produce enemies. Inspired by a conversation Rev. Rinsen had with a military Veteran which ran into a series of hardships. During this time the BTT was working with text from...

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May 12th 2012 – Day Retreat: Intro to Buddhist Practice at Buddhist Temple of Toledo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured, Past Events | 0 comments

May 12th 2012 – Day Retreat: Intro to Buddhist Practice at Buddhist Temple of Toledo

MAY 12th 2012 1 Day Retreat: Introduction to Buddhist Practice at the Buddhist Temple of Toledo One day retreats include seated meditation in the morning, followed by a workshop and discussion in the afternoon. 10am-5pm. Please bring a simple lunch. Yooo who from UZ wants to try n’ make it out for this? It could be our 1st UZ Sangha field-trip! A great opportunity to deepen our understanding of practice, expanded our zazen instruction & connect with our wonderful Teachers & Sangha in Toledo  :-D  Lezz talk bout it.. Post here on the UZ website below* ~ Fugon More info on BTT...

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Retreat with Rev. Edward Brown & Temple Dedication this Weekend in Toledo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Retreat with Rev. Edward Brown & Temple Dedication this Weekend in Toledo

APRIL 19-22-12 Overnight Retreat with Rev. Ed Espe Brown   Kainei Edward Espe Brown (born March 24, 1945) is a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki and a well-known gourmet cook. A Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, Brown is the author of the best-selling Tassajara Bread Book. He regularly leads instructional cooking and baking classes and has been featured in the 2007 documentary film How to Cook Your Life by Doris Dorrie. Brown was ordained a priest by Suzuki-roshi in 1971, and from the mid-1960s on through the 80′s Brown lived at any one of the three San Francisco Zen...

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Birth & Death – Text Reading 4/8/12

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Birth & Death – Text Reading 4/8/12

Thus I have heard.. One clings to life although there is nothing to be called life; another clings to death although there is nothing to be called death. In reality there is nothing to be born, Consequently there is nothing to perish. -Bodhidharma From: Shoji – Birth & Death; from Moon in a Dewdrop “Because a buddha is in birth and death, there is no birth and death.” It is also said, “Because a buddha is not in birth and death, a buddha is not deluded by birth and death.” These statements are the essence of the words of the two Zen masters Jiashan and...

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MedMob Chicago : Earth Day April 22nd 2012 ~ Join Us for Day of Global Meditation*

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured | 0 comments

MedMob Chicago : Earth Day April 22nd 2012 ~ Join Us for Day of Global Meditation*

Calling all Underdogs to come out on Earth Day …We will be coming together in unity with people in over 300 Cities around the World, expressing a desire for peace in our hearts & the willingness to inquire within . ~Fugon Millennium Park or Chicago Cultural Center If weather permits: outdoors in Chase Promenade, SE corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street or Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Randolph St. We invite you to join us for a Flash Mob Meditation on April 22nd, 12:00-12:40pm. Join us and over 300 cities World-wide as we sit to commemorate Earth Day through Global...

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The Most Intimate – Text Reading 4/1/12

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

The Most Intimate – Text Reading 4/1/12

The Book of Serenity Case 20 Dizang’s Not Knowing Dizang asked Fayan, “Where are you going?” Fayan said, “Around on pilgrimage.” Dizang said, “What is the purpose of pilgrimage?” Fayan said, “I don’t know.” Dizang said, “Not knowing is most intimate.” The famous lines spoken by Joshu’s teacher, Nanquan; “The Way is not in knowing or in not knowing. Knowing is false consciousness, not knowing is indifference.” Wansong’s commentary; “Just affirm totally when affirming, but don’t settle down in...

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Practice Next Sunday April 8th 2012*

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Practice Next Sunday April 8th 2012*

Hay folks, just letting everyone know.. We will be holding our regular Practice Period this upcoming Sunday 4/8/12 at 4-6pm which falls on Easter Sunday. If people have other Easter obligations with family or whatnot,  no need to worry about non-attendance as we will be practicing either way for ourselves & for whoever else wishes to join – we will be there :) Bows to all beings,...

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