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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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Guidance in Shikantaza the Absolute Practice of Just Sitting

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Guidance in Shikantaza the Absolute Practice of Just Sitting

Guidance in Shikantaza the Absolute Practice of Just Sitting (by Rob Anderson adapted from the book; Warm Smiles From Cold Mountains) Zazen is the source of all the teachings and practices of the Buddha Way. All enlightenment practices emanate from and return to zazen. Zazen is neither concentration practice, nor not concentration practice. There are concentration practices, and if we are practicing thus, zazen is just being upright and unmoving, in the midst of such a practice. If we are not practicing concentration, zazen is just sitting upright and unmoving, in the middle of not...

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Amazing Living Beings

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Amazing Living Beings

From; Cultivating the Empty Field; The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi Translated by Taigen Daniel Leighton and Yi Wu In; The Art of Just Sitting 2nd Edition: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza Our house is a single field, clean, vast, and lustrous, clearly self-illuminated. When the spirit is vacant without conditions, when awareness is serene without cogitation, then buddhas and ancestors appear and disappear transforming the world. Amid living beings is the original place of nirvana. How amazing it is that all people have this but cannot polish it into bright...

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Labor Day Metta! From Underdog Zendo ❋

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Labor Day Metta! From Underdog Zendo ❋

May all beings be treated fairly & justly in their daily labors, free from suffering & the conditions of suffering.  May all beings find joy, peace & contentment in their daily labors. May all beings give & receive kindness, respect, understanding & dignity in their daily labors.  May all beings enjoy the fruits of their labors & compassionately share this fruit with others.  May we each be mindful of the karma of our labors. May our labors not create harm for the sake of greed, hatred, & delusion, but help support, nourish, & heal this beloved World we call...

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Are you in? – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Are you in? – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

On May 19th 2013, we listened to the following recording at Underdog Zendo, ending with a group discussion. This Dharma Talk by Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik was recorded live at The Buddhist Temple of Toledo, Feb 2013. – Case 11 – Mumonkan The Gateless Gate – Joshu sees the True-Nature of 2 Hermits Joshu came to a hermit & asked, “Are you in? Are you in?” The hermit held up his fist; “The water is to shallow to anchor a vessel here”, said Joshu & went away. Then he came to another hermits, & he called out the same way; “Are you in? Are you in?” This hermit also held up...

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Beyond Pure & Impure – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Beyond Pure & Impure – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

On April 21st 2013, this months Drinking Gourd Practice Period, we listened to the following recording at Underdog Zendo, ending with a group discussion. “Beyond Pure and Impure.”  A Dharma Talk by Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik recorded live at the Buddhist Temple of Toledo on Feb 13th, 2013. This Dharma Talk discusses Denkoroku – Case 50  (Transmission of the Lamp) koan & other related goodies.     Case 50 – From The Transmission of the Lamp The Ancestor asked him, how will you purify what is not impure from the beginning? The Master worked on the koan for more...

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EQUANIMITY – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

EQUANIMITY – The Drinking Gourd Podcast

On march 21st 2013, we listened to a wonderful Podcast together on the subject of EQUANIMITY. In this Recording, Jay Rinsen Chikyo Weik gives a talk and leads discussion at the Toledo Zen Center on June 11, 2008 on the subject of EQUANIMITY. Equanimity or Upekkha (in Pali) is a mind in balance, free of discrimination, above distinction, and rooted in insight. This balance is not indifference, but active mindfulness. Because it is rooted in insight of anatta (not-self), it is not unbalanced by the passions of attraction and aversion and is free of the extremes of joy or sorrow. (Alternate...

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Living Sangha – Notes From Practice 2/17/13

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Everything Practice, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Living Sangha – Notes From Practice 2/17/13

Single-Pointed Effort Sangha Actualized Sunday Feb 17th 2013 was our Drinking Gourd Practice Period. We arrived at our meditation hall (which is a shared co-op yoga space) to discover a workshop in mid-motion.  As our Zen Practitioners began to arrive… what to do? Well, we grabbed some cushions, jumped in some cars & headed over to our place (Shaon & Mara’s home) to hold practice there! It was nourishing to have our home meditation space filled with zazen, sutra chant, & many amazing people that we have the opportunity to call Sangha* We had forgotten to grab our...

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All Evil Karma – Video Dharma Talk from Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Audio & Video, Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, The Drinking Gourd Podcast, Weekly Words | 0 comments

All Evil Karma – Video Dharma Talk from Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik

On Feb 17th 2013 for our Drinking Gourd Practice Period, we watched a video from our Senior Dharma Teacher; Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik at The Buddhist Temple of Toledo called; ALL EVIL KARMA on the subject of one of our zen chants, the “Gatha of Atonement”. Check out the video!

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Hua Hu Ching – Two Paths Available

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Hua Hu Ching – Two Paths Available

UZ Study Group text from Jan 30th 2013 Hua Hu Ching The Lost Teachings of Lao Tzu #48Do you wish to free yourself of mental and emotional knots and become one with the Tao? If so, there are two paths available to you. The first is the path of acceptance. Affirm everyone and everything. Freely extend your goodwill and virtue in every direction, regardless of circumstances. Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it. The second path is that of denial. Recognize that everything you see and think is a falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the...

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Generosity – Buddhism & The Spirit of Giving

Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Notes from Practice, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Generosity – Buddhism & The Spirit of Giving

Whether we celebrate Christmas or not, in December the Christian Holidays are all around us here  in the United States & there are many Buddhists which enjoy celebrating Christmas or join their families for Christmas gatherings. So for our UZ Zen Practice Period on December 23rd 2012, in honor of Christmas being only a couple days away, we followed up our Zazen with a discussion on the subject of what is referred to as “Dana” in Buddhism, which means “Generosity”. Together, we shared a great discussion about the following texts of “Giving even ones last...

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Practice & Enlightenment Are One – Text Reading 11/11/12

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Practice & Enlightenment Are One – Text Reading 11/11/12

Those Who Greatly Realize Delusion are Buddhas —Guidance in Zazen by Shohaku Okumura  – adapted from the book Realizing Genjokoan Delusion is not some fixed thing within our minds that, if eliminated, will be replaced by enlightenment. The world we live in is the world we create, based on how our mind encounters the myriad dharmas. We cannot prevent our mind from creating the world as it does, but it is possible to realize that the world of our creation does not reflect true reality. Practicing with this realization, and letting go of rigid belief in the narratives and preferences of...

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Secrets on Cultivating Mind ➁

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Everything Practice, Featured, Resources, Weekly Words | 0 comments

Secrets on Cultivating Mind ➁

Secrets on Cultivating Mind  – by Chinul, Tracing Back the Radiance Section 2 Consider sudden awakening: When people are deluded, they assume that the four great elements are the body, and the false thoughts are the mind. They do not know that their own nature is the true Dharma-body; they do not know that their own self-illuminating awareness is the true Buddha. They look for the Buddha outside  their mind. While they are thus wandering aimlessly, the entrance to the road might by chance be pointed out by a wise advisor. If, in one thought, they then follow back the light of their...

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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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