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UZ Ango Dharma Study Group – Wednesday Evenings

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Events, Featured, Past Events | 0 comments

UZ Ango Dharma Study Group – Wednesday Evenings

Wednesday evenings, we will be meeting for our Ango Dharma Study Group where we’ll continue observe & discuss the text  “Secrets on Cultivating Mind” by Korean Zen  Master Chinul. It is a 3 part text so we’ll be looking at the text one section at a time. There will be take-home copies of the text available for everyone in attendance. Please bring your copies if you’ve already received one. This upcoming Wednesday is NOV 7th 2012 – We will be looking at the last section of this compelling text together. No Study without Practice Those who attend Zen...

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UZ BUDDHA BBQ – Sept 30th

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured, News, Past Events | 0 comments

UZ BUDDHA BBQ – Sept 30th

UZ BUDDHA BBQ Tomorrow – Sept 30th* Hay friends, apologies for the short notice… The Urban Lotus space will be occupied tomorrow for a yoga workshop so we’ve decided to take the opportunity to do a Sangha BBQ at our place : D Same time, 4pm We’ll do a small service with some zen sitting & then chill out for a back yard BBQ : )FYI; This will be a vegan BBQ, no drugs or alcohol.Since it is going to be at our home, this will not be a public gathering but intended for those who regularly attending Sangha Members.. If you’ve joined us for Service 2 or more times...

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Way of the Bodhisattva Retreat | July 10th thru 15th 2012

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

Way of the Bodhisattva Retreat | July 10th thru 15th 2012

July 10 – 15 Buddhist Temple of Toledo Way of the Bodhisattva Retreat with James Ishmael Ford Roshi   All Underdog Zendo Sangha members are invited to attend this wonderful retreat. These multi-day retreats are characterized by deep concentration and silence. The daily schedule includes zazen, liturgy, formal meals in the Zendo (oryoki), caretaking (samu), dharma talks, and private face to face guidance with the teachers. This is our longest annual retreat and concludes with the receiving of the Buddhist Precepts by approved initiates. This retreat is open to everyone. July 15...

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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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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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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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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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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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