Notes from Practice

Notes & Reviews from our Weekly Practice & Sangha Events

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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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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