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One Mind – Together with Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Everything Practice, Featured, News, Weekly Words | 0 comments

One Mind – Together with Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Dharma Friends, together Since our time as a sitting group has ended, it has been some time since I have shared on the UZ site thus I hope this post finds you warmly. As many of you know, the Great Buddhist Teacher; Thich Nhat Hanh is currently in critical condition at the hospital due to a brain hemorrhage. Though Underdog Zendo was not of the Plum Village lineage, I had specially added a chant which was written by Thich Nhat Hanh to our liturgy books which we closed with at the end of every practice period. It is the wishes of the Plum Village Sangha that we hold him closely in our...

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IMPORANT NOTICE ➽ Unerdog Zendo is No Longer Holding Zen Practice

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Everything Practice, Featured, News, Weekly Words | 0 comments

IMPORANT NOTICE ➽ Unerdog Zendo is No Longer Holding Zen Practice

Dear Beloved Friends & Supporters, For all those whom do not yet know, we regret to say Underdog Zendo is no longer holding Zen Practice in Chicago. A job opportunity arose for us which we could not pass up so Shiko & I have made the difficult choice to relocate to Los Angeles,  California. For all our regular Sangha members, I want to say you will always remain forever etched in my Heart. For those whom have previously practiced with us, I would like to say it was a profound pleasure to share the practice with you & want to I encourage you with all my heart to find a suitable...

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Tues Nite Fall Ango Zen Practice ⚘

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Events, Everything Practice, Featured, News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Tues Nite Fall Ango Zen Practice ⚘

Greetings All! We are pleased to announce; in conjunction with our 2013 Fall Ango – “Peaceful Dwelling” 3 month period of deepening practice, we have decided to facilitate a 2nd night of regular Zen Practice at our home on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm (September thru November) * This is also a wonderful opportunity to join in for those who can’t normally make Sunday Practice* For us, one thing that Ango means is — More ZAZEN! If you can make it, come join in! Let’s deepen our practice! As said in our Ango text – “We can’t do it alone & no one can do it for us!” Meditation instruction...

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Sunday 9/15/13 – Meditation & Movie Nite @ Shaon & Shiko’s Place*

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Events, Everything Practice, News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Sunday 9/15/13 – Meditation & Movie Nite @ Shaon & Shiko’s Place*

This Sunday, we will be holding Zen Practice with movie nite at Shaon & Shiko’s place! ✓ Zazen – YES > 20 minutes silent sitting ✓ Documentary >>>> I AM ✓ Movie followed by group discussion ✓ Food – Veggie burgers n’ friez ✓ Friends, fun, & laughs – YES TIME: 4PM till around 7pm If you’d like to come hang earlier, you can come up to 1 hr early. Late is not a prob for this event. Zazen will start at 10 after 4* LOCATION: 10 minutes (in car) from Urban Lotus Location. L Stop: (2 blocks from) Pulaski Blue Line Station Please contact...

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Sesshin & Jukai Ceremony with Rev. James Myou Ford Roshi – Aug 13th Thru 18th 2013

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Events, Everything Practice, News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Sesshin & Jukai Ceremony with Rev. James Myou Ford Roshi – Aug 13th Thru 18th 2013

Sesshin & Jukai Ceremony with Rev. James Myou Ford Roshi These intensive residential retreats are open to those who are formal members of the Buddhist Temple of Toledo and/or have the approval of Rev. Rinsen or Rev. Do-on. Sesshin – Tuesday, August 13 thru Saturday August 17th Sesshin means, “to touch the heart/mind”.  Sesshin are extended silent practice periods lasting most commonly three, five or seven days.  Retreats involve sitting and walking meditation, chanting and meal practice, as well as talks and individual meetings with a teacher.  These extended practice...

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UZ Beginners to Zen Meditation Period – 1st Sundays Every Month

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Events, Everything Practice, News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

UZ Beginners to Zen Meditation Period – 1st Sundays Every Month

1st Sundays of Every Month Beginners to Zen Practice Period Never experienced Zen Meditation? No time like the present! The 1st Sunday of every month, you are invited to join us for our “orientation style”; Beginners to Zen Practice Period. Curious about Buddhism & Zen Practice? Wanted to learn more in a welcoming environment? Have you read a couple books & now ready to start the practice?  This day is designed with the beginner in mind! With this Period – Introductions with a little about Underdog Zendo Roots of Practice – short history of Zen Buddhism How to...

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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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