Posts by SHAON 紗恩

Blooming Sangha Meeting the Moment – Notes from Practice 3/25/12

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Blooming Sangha Meeting the Moment – Notes from Practice 3/25/12

This practice Period had a feeling of a new stage to it. We have had a quite a few folks that have been practicing with us pretty much since our conception in February 2012. Now we are getting to know each other more & the group is starting to get a real feeling of a supportive community & dharma family which is something I felt was lacking in quite a few of the other groups I have practiced with.  To me a Sangha is more than a group of strangers coming together to practice zazen & then disappearing to their isolated lives. From my view, if the flower of enlightenment is honestly...

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On the Endeavor of the Way – Text Reading 3/25/12

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

On the Endeavor of the Way – Text Reading 3/25/12

From Master Dogen’s Moon in a Dewdrop: On the Endeavor of the Way Bendō -Wa – Verse 1 All Buddha Tathagatas who directly transmit inconceivable dharma, and actualize supreme, perfect enlightenment have a wondrous way, unsurpassed and unconditioned. Only Buddhas transmitted to Buddhas without veering off. Self-fulfilling samadhi is its standard. Sitting upright, practicing zazen is the authentic gate to the unconfined realm of this samadhi. Although this inconceivable dharma is abundant in each person, it is not actualized without practice, and it is not experienced without...

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Open Sky, Weeping Willow, Kwocking Geese, Zafu’s & Soccor Balls – Notes from Practice 3/18/12

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Open Sky, Weeping Willow, Kwocking Geese, Zafu’s & Soccor Balls – Notes from Practice  3/18/12

Another interesting first for U-Z… This period, we were to end our practice early for another event & also one of our members was running behind so we  needing to pick him up from the train station so we were all rushing to get to the zendo early to make sure we began service on the dot. Once we arrived, the urgency just dropped away & there was a sense that it would only be the 3 of us this day. It was a beautiful warm day out so we decided to take the Zendo outside ! We packed some supplies & grabbed some cushions & waited to make sure there were no stranglers before...

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Meeting One Thing : Genjo Koan – Text Reading 3/18/12

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Meeting One Thing : Genjo Koan – Text Reading 3/18/12

Zen Master Dogan Actualizing the Fundamental Point (Genjo Koan) Verses 10-12 A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how far it flies there is no end to the air. However, the fish and the bird have never left their elements. When their activity is large their field is large. When their need is small their field is small. Thus, each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally experiences its realm. If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. If the fish leaves the water it will die...

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The Greatest Gift To Give – Hua Hu Ching #75 – Text Reading 3/11/12

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

The Greatest Gift To Give – Hua Hu Ching #75 – Text Reading 3/11/12

The Greatest Gift To Give – Hua Hu Ching The Unknown Teachings of Lau Tzu #75 Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower realms of life? Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own...

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The Texture of Lyfe – Notes From Practice 3/11/12

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

The Texture of Lyfe – Notes From Practice 3/11/12

This practice period had a refreshing quality to it. It turned out to be a warm day so we opened the windows. Our practice seemed very connected to each other & there was a sense that we all came together for good intentions. The wind blowing in during zazen seemed to connect us all & the sounds from the street let us know that we were in the World. It had been an intense time for many of us in our lives so I could not measure the importance of us retuning to this practice during such times. There is a natural healing that happens & also an energetic “recalibration”, a...

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Into Month 2 – Notes from March 4th 2012 Prax Period

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Into Month 2 – Notes from March 4th 2012 Prax Period

This weeks practice period was just excellent* We had all had a bit of a wild week so the air had an explosive quality to it. The fist round of zazen was a bit hard for everyone but for me it seemed the zendo had a very rich & vibrant quality to it & everyone seemed in dire need to come together, slow down & rest into the stillness. The healing qualities of zazen are bottomless & unknowable. Even when it seems hard, it is like passing through a giant ring of fire but the cool water of tranquility patiently awaits us on the other side. We had 5 people come together with one...

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So Watch the Thought – Text Reading 3/4/12

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Everything Practice, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

So Watch the Thought – Text Reading 3/4/12

Text Reading from 3/4/12 UZ Practice Period: Thus I have heard, The Shakyamuni Buddha said: The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we become. ∞...

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Three Times is a Charm! Notes from Practice 2/19/12

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

Three Times is a Charm! Notes from Practice 2/19/12

The practice time was superb. Even though 2 of our regular participants could not make it this time around, we had our fullest house yet! Look’s like we may have to get more cushions sooner than later! We had 8 people total & 6 of which were girls so it was great having all that feminine energy present as well* This service we chanted the “Harmony of Relative & Absolute” for the 1st time which was really cool. I feel this chant shows the quality of “reality groundedness” of zen which is a good reference for people to keep grounded & not float off n some “out-there”...

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Tao Te Ching -The Anchient Masters Welcomed All Things [v15-16] – Text Reading 2/19/12

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Tao Te Ching -The Anchient Masters Welcomed All Things [v15-16] – Text Reading 2/19/12

 Here is the Text reading from our Practice on 2/19/12 TaoTe Ching [v15-16] – Stephen Mitchell Translation The ancient Masters were profound and subtle. Their wisdom was unfathomable. There is no way to describe it; all we can describe is their appearance. They were careful as someone crossing an iced-over stream. Alert as a warrior in enemy territory. Courteous as a guest. Fluid as melting ice. Shapable as a block of wood. Receptive as a valley. Clear as a glass of water. Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the...

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Buddha’s Zen – Text Reading 2/12/12

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Featured, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Buddha’s Zen – Text Reading 2/12/12

Text Reading from 2/12/12 UZ Practice Gathering* Buddha’s Zen Thus I have heard, The Historical Buddha said: I consider the positions of kings and rulers as that of dust motes. I observe treasures of gold and gems as so many bricks and pebbles. I look upon the finest silken robes as tattered rags. I see myriad worlds of the universe as small seeds of fruit, and the greatest lake in India as a drop of oil on my foot. I perceive the teachings of the world to be the illusion of magicians. I discern the highest conception of emancipation as a golden brocade in a dream, and view the holy...

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Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen – Text Reading 2/5/12

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Featured, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen – Text Reading 2/5/12

Text reading from Feb 5th UZ Opening Service – Thank you all who attended. _/!\_ May all beings be liberated! Fukanzazengi— Zen Master Dogen “Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen” The Way is originally perfect and all-pervading. How could it be contingent on practice and realization? The true vehicle is self-sufficient. What need is there for special effort? Indeed, the whole body is free from dust. Who could believe in a means to brush it clean? It is never apart from this very place; what is the use of traveling around to practice? And yet, if there is a hair’s-breadth...

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Reflections of Round Two 2-12-12

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Events, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Reflections of Round Two 2-12-12

Hay all* Thanx for coming out for round 2! We are starting to get a wonderful Sangha of folks happening! The SPARKS are FLY’N! Our 1st time sitting a full zazen period* I commend you all for your courage of coming together & taking on the practice* This practice period had a focus of loving-kindness & the Buddha’s seeing past fixed views. Only good from here… The ripples spread out & the lotus blooms, the voice of reason, the voice beyond Samsara* May all beings be free! I’ll be working on the Website this week & also we realized that we really need to...

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Review of U-Z Opening Practice Service Feb 5th 2012

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Events, Featured, Notes from Practice, Past Events | 0 comments

Review of U-Z Opening Practice Service Feb 5th 2012

U-Z Opening Practice Service was a truly wonderful experience. It is a bottomless pleasure to help keep the wheel of Dharma in motion. To hear the Sangha Covenant for the 1st time brought tears to my ears. We are truly here to actualize good in this world – starting with ourselves, & ending with… well, there is none! Everything went smoothly & the energy shared was positive & supportive. Even though it was everyone’s first time practicing the chants together, it carried through rather well! The space is just perfect for our practice. Clean, warm, a gentle sacred...

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