January 2019 – One Day Retreat

One Day Retreat 1/5/2019 A traditional, yet relaxed all day sit begins at 9:00 am and includes meditation, a silent lunch, dharma talk/discussion. Will is also available for a private meeting (dokusan), if requested.  Detailed instructions and the day’s schedule will be sent to you via email a couple of days before the retreat. Suggested contribution for the All Day Sit is $30.00 but this is not arbitrary,  it is up to you to give what you can. There is no set […]

Wednesday Evening Dharma Study for 11-21-18

Layman P’ang “Layman P ’ang has been venerated in Asia for well over a thousand years.  The title song of  Van Morrisons 1990 album, Enlightenment, opens with a refrain about chopping wood and carrying water. Borrowed from one of Layman P’ang s most famous poems, it expresses the Laymans new found spiritual insight in terms of his daily actions.” “Ordinary mind is the Way.” This is one of the most famous formulations of Chinese Zen. In other words, all of […]

Manjushri

Manjushri, the wisdom that cuts through delusion and gives insight comes not from golden statues, nor worshiping a deity, but from practice alone. Keeping a clear mind like space, that alone is Manjushri’s sword! Just ask, What is this? Eventually, you will cut through what you are not and then there is just your original face!    

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Diamond Sutra – Wednesday Evening Dharma Study

Oct 10, 2018 – Recommended articles to read beforehand: Five things to know about the Diamond Sutra – Worlds Oldest Dated Printed Book An overview of the Diamond Sutra Wednesday Evening Dharma Study 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 4690 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232 The doors open at 6:30 pm and the practice session begins promptly at 7:00 pm with the chanting of the Heart Sutra. We then sit in zazen for twenty-five minutes. We serve tea and study the teachings of the […]

RSVP – The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures – with Chong An Sunim

Friday, September 28 2018 – 7:00 PM. Ordinary Zen 4690 Fruitville Rd. 34232 Ten Ox-herding Pictures   “Here, our essential self is compared to an ox. We seek the ox, grasp it, tame it and finally, the self which has always been seeking becomes completely one with the ox. But this also is forgotten so that we now simply carry on our ordinary lives. This is the process described by the Pictures. They show concretely the progression of our practice and […]

No Teacher Of Zen

I came across this article by Norman Fisher, that naturally strikes home.  I ended up in the role of “teacher” because I had a deep faith in the benefits of Zen practice. I know that my life has been profoundly affected and transformed by practice and wanted to “pay it forward”. From the beginning, Norman Fischer never had much use for Zen teachers—and he still doesn’t. But after years of being one himself, he has a fuller appreciation of the […]

Wednesday Evening Dharma Study – Teachings of Bodhidharma

7:00 pm-8:30 pm What: We will begin studying the Zen teachings of Bodhidharma on August 29, 2018, for 6 weeks. (We will be using “The Teaching OF BODHIDHARMA” by Red Pine as a reference.) Wednesday, August 22, 2018, will be an introduction. Here is an outline or study plan for the following 6 weeks (subject to change). Bodhidharma is considered the founder of Zen in China and is the patriarch of millions of Zen Buddhists. Where better to start a […]