Instruction and Orientation
is held in the Zendo on Saturdays
from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Night Drop-In Group;
All are welcome.
7:20 p.m. Zazen
8:00 p.m. Service
8:10 - 9:00 p.m. Tea & Discussion
Sojun Roshi's 20's and 30's Dharma Group
Sojun Roshi invites students in their 20' and 30's to join him, usually once a month, for a short period of zazen and open discussion about Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and/or your own practice. We may also discuss selected Buddhist texts. Meetings start at 11:30 am in the zendo on Saturdays following the morning schedule and lecture. People new to BZC are welcome along with continuing students.
Coming dates are September 7th, October 12, November 9 and 30, and December 14. For more information, email Ron Nestor at email@example.com.
December 1 to December 7
This year's Rohatsu sesshin, led by Sojun Mel Weitsman, begins on Sunday, December 1 and ends Saturday, December 7. (Please note that the start of Rohatsu this year occurs at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.) This sesshin commemorates the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha, and all sangha members and friends are invited to attend Buddha's enlightenment ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, December 7, at 11:10 am, right after lecture.
Rohatsu is also a time to be inspired by the memory of our founder, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. The Suzuki Roshi Annual Memorial Ceremony will be held on Monday evening, December 2 at 8:20 pm, and everyone is also warmly invited to attend this ceremony.
Each day of Rohatsu starts at 5:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm, with the exception of the final day, which ends at noon. Everyone is encouraged to participate in sesshin for as many days as possible, but participants are asked to sit for a minimum of three consecutive full days.
The sesshin fee is $35 daily, paid in advance. (Anyone unable to pay the full amount may request a reduced fee from the sesshin director). Payment must be received by the signup deadline or no seat will be reserved for you. Please leave checks marked “Rohatsu” in the kitchen door donation slot or mail to BZC. The sign-up sheet and registration forms (along with other important sesshin information) are posted on the patio bulletin board. Please put completed forms in the sesshin director's mail slot. The deadline for signup is Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 am.
If you are unfamiliar with the oryoki style of eating in the zendo, please attend an oryoki training beforehand (see below).
If you wish to stay overnight at BZC during sesshin, please contact the shika, Tamar, at 510.644.1928 or tlxenoch AT earthlink.net. If you have questions about this sesshin, please contact the sesshin director, John Busch, at 510.710.7183 or john AT mobu.org.
Oryoki (Zendo Meal) Trainings
Monday evenings at 6:30, October 28 and November 25
Early every Saturday morning after zazen and service, BZC offers a breakfast served and received in the traditional Zen way, called Oryoki (meaning "just enough"). If you are unfamiliar with the oryoki style of eating in the zendo, training is offered every Saturday morning at 6:40 am for those who request it, using a guest bowl set.
In addition, for those who would like to get their own bowls and cloths (available at the Saturday bookstore) and learn the more detailed form, special oryoki training sessions are scheduled for two upcoming Mondays at 6:30pm following evening zazen: 28 October and 25 November (you need attend only one training). Highly recommended if you are considering joining our annual seven-day Rohatsu Sesshin December 1 to 7. Please inform the oryoki instructor, Gary Artim, of your intention to attend either of these special trainings: 510.676.9756 or gartim AT gmail.com.
New Year's Eve Sitting and Celebration
Tuesday, December 31, 8:00 pm - 1:00 am (ish)
Join us on Tuesday evening, December 31 for the chance to ring in the new year with the quiet and reflection of zazen, punctuated by 108 soundings of the bell to mark the last 108 minutes of 2013 and a bonfire after midnight. Everyone is welcome to attend any portion of the program, entering the zendo during kinhin or the beginning of a period of zazen. The schedule is:
8:00 pm Zazen
10:13 108 bells begin
12:10 Slow Heart Sutra and sitting
A celebration and potluck will follow in the community room. Watch the bulletin board for details and the sign- up sheets for providing food and help with clean up. If you have any questions, contact Christy at ccalame AT earthlink.net.
A Day with Shohaku Okumura
Saturday, January 25
BZC is again fortunate to host a day of teaching by Shohaku Okumura Roshi on Saturday, January 25. He will give the public lecture and a second longer teaching in the afternoon, both of which are open to all. Details will follow in next month's newsletter.
Shohaku Okumura Roshi is one of the preeminent teachers of Dogen Zenji's works, and the author of many translations and commentaries, including Realizing Genjokoan and Living By Vow. He is abbot at Sanshin Zen Community in Bloomington, Indiana.
Everything is Broken
Everything Is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are is Hozan Alan Senauke's brand new cd of "buddhistic music." Featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Bernice Reagon, and Alan, along with traditional songs rewritten to bring out their dharma direction, the album also includes Greg Fain's Lotus Sutra hit "Our Hero," about the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. The album is available for purchase at Alan's website http://www.clearviewproject.org, and, as a whole album or individual songs, from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Of course it is also available at the BZC Saturday book table. Don't miss it if you can.
Sittings & Event
Saturday, 12/1 – Sunday, 12/7
Suzuki Roshi Annual Memorial
Monday, 12/2, 8:20 pm
Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony
Saturday, 12/7, 11:10 am
Sunday, 12/15 – Tuesday, 12/31
New Year's Eve Sitting and Party
Sittings & Event
One Day Sesshin
A Day with Shohaku Okumura