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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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No Buddha Outside Mind – Drinking Gourd Video From Rev. Rinsen

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

No Buddha Outside Mind – Drinking Gourd Video From Rev. Rinsen

 On October  21st 2012 at Underdog Zendo, we watched the following Dharma Talk recorded October 2012 from our Senior Dharma Teacher Rev. Risen Weik of Buddhist Temple of Toledo &  Drinking Gourd Institute. This Taisho is on the Subject of our Ango Text; an excerpt from Korean Zen Master Chinul’s; Secrets on Cultivating Mind* Enjoy the Video! Excerpt from; Secrets on Cultivating Mind By Zen Master Chinul Consequently, you should know that outside this mind there is no buddhahood which can be attained. All the buddhas of the past were merely persons who understood their minds. All...

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Kinhin Tears – Notes from Practice 10/21/12

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Kinhin Tears – Notes from Practice 10/21/12

Thank you everyone who attended UZ last Sunday. It was a Great Practice Period* The weather was so nice.. we had the window open, we could hear the birds enjoying the weather & the Meditation Hall was filled with many warm hearts* I end up crying a lot during Zen Retreats but never have I cried during kinhin (walking meditation). But last Sunday, for the 1st time at our Practice Group, I found myself in tears during Kinhin because I was filled with joy to be fulfilling this roll bestowed upon me of sharing this wonderful gift of zen practice with others. We are becoming a family here.....

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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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Secrets on Cultivating Mind ➀

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Secrets on Cultivating Mind ➀

We have now entered Ango “Peaceful Dwelling” of Fall 2012 – a 3 month period devoted to deepening practice. During this time, we are studying the following Text by Korean Zen Master Chinul; “Secrets of Cultivating Mind” from the book Tracing Back the Radiance & the following Dharma Talks have been recorded from Rev. Rinsen Weik during our Ango training Period. Secrets on Cultivating Mind  – by Chinul, Tracing Back the Radiance Section 1...

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Lost in Your Mind – Text Reading 8/26/12

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Lost in Your Mind – Text Reading 8/26/12

UZ Text Reading from Aug 26th 2012 Excerpt from; A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle “Unconscious people – and many remain unconscious, trapped in their egos throughout their lives – will quickly tell you who they are: their name, their occupation, their personal history, the shape or state of their body, and whatever else they identify with. Others may appear to be more evolved because they think of themselves as an immortal soul or living spirit. But do they really know themselves, or have they just added some spiritual sounding concepts to the content of their mind? Knowing yourself...

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Ryokans Moon | Text Reading 8/12/12

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Ryokans Moon | Text Reading 8/12/12

Text Reading from UZ Practice Period  8/12/12 Ryokans Moon Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal. Ryokan returned and caught him. “You may have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow, ” he mused, “I wish I could...

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Craving – The Dhammapada | Text Reading 7/29/12

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, UZ Videos, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Craving – The Dhammapada | Text Reading 7/29/12

UZ Text Reading from July 29th 2012 Craving The Dhammapada Chapter 24 The craving of a person who lives carelessly grows like a creeping vine. He plunges from existence to existence, like a monkey seeking fruit in the forest. Whomever this miserable craving, this entanglement in the world, overcomes, his sorrows grow, like grass well rained upon. But whoever overcomes this miserable craving, in the world hard to overcome, sorrows fall away from him, like a drop of water from a lotus blossom. I speak to you this auspicious word, to tell all you assembled here: you must dig out the root of...

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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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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 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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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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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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