Sesshin, meaning “to gather the mind,” is a traditional silent Zen meditation intensive. Setting aside grasping and rejecting, picking and choosing, together we simply meet what is most directly present with attention and openness, moment after moment.
On Tuesday April 11th please join us for an evening of teaching and discussion, as we explore timeless, interfaith principles of conflict engagement. Join us for the class at 7:45 pm, or come beforehand for zazen at 7:00 pm.
The Spring Practice Term opens officially on Sunday, April 2 and continues through June 4. For this set period of time, we place the intention to practice and realize dharma at the center of our lives, letting that intention assume a concrete form through the container of the Practice Term.
Please join the leaders of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (https://resurrectioneugene.org/) and the Soto Zen Buddha Eye Temple for an evening of interfaith exchange around the topics of liberation and community. Tuesday, January 31, 7 - 9 p.m.
“Rohatsu” means the eighth day of the twelfth month, when Shakyamuni Buddha was said to awaken to the Way upon seeing the morning star. We commemorate the Buddha’s awakening by engaging in the same practice that he did beneath the Bodhi tree.
Regardless of how long or short we’ve been practicing Zen, it can be extremely helpful and enlivening to return to the core teachings of the Buddhist tradition, connecting our practice to the vast reservoir of dharma which flowed from Shakyamuni Buddha’s most original instructions.
The form of Practice Term comes to us from the Zen monastic tradition of “Ango.” Ango are biannual 90-day periods of intensive practice wherein monks generally wouldn’t leave the monastery except for alms rounds and for services at members’ homes and other temples. After the close of this period, monks were traditionally free to travel on pilgrimage until the opening of the next Ango.
Yesterday President Obama visited the spot where 71 years ago 150,000 people were swallowed up in blinding light, and fire, and blackening flesh. He said it is when, “mankind demonstrated that it had the means to destroy itself”. I take his point. It feels important to recognize the difference between the potential for great destruction and the potential for the ending of life as we know it. I remember the eery feeling of touching “Bockscar”, the plane that dropped the “Fat Boy” bomb on Nagasaki, just 10 days after standing at the spot that nuclear weapon decimated that watery city. I knew something had been unleashed that could never be contained.
Sesshin, meaning “to gather the mind,” is a traditional silent Zen meditation intensive. It is an opportunity to come together as a Sangha in support of our practice where we create a space to settle deeply into sitting and embody the teachings of Buddha. Setting aside grasping and rejecting, picking and choosing, together we simply meet what is most directly present with attention and openness, moment after moment.