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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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