the Six Subtle Dharma Gates

Wednesday Evening Dharma Study at OZS – February 2019 Zoketsu Norman Fischer gives three talks on the Six Subtle Dharma Gates to the Tassajara 2019 Winter Practice Period. We started listening to these PodCasts with the first talk last Wednesday and will continue over the next couple of weeks. The Six Subtle Dharma Gates are a way to understand zazen. Norman, as always, gives wonderful teaching on this practice. These talks are for practicing meditators that want a deeper understanding of their practice […]

Welcome to OZ

This morning on the way to the Sarasota Jail to teach Ordinary Zen Meditation to the inmates, I began thinking about our Ordinary Zen practice as a trip to OZ to see the wizard! Is this not the perfect story about getting lost to find ourselves? Aren’t all these characters just part of our own inner stories? The Scarecrow who doesn’t believe he is smart, the Tinman who thinks he is heartless,  The lion who is fearful. Then there is Dorthy, the child […]

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Zen Master Chong An Sunim Weekend Workshop at OZS

Zen Master Chong An Sunim Weekend – March 8-10, 2019 Friday, March 8th: 7:00 PM – Dharma Talk Saturday, March 9th: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Retreat, Dharma Talks, & Interviews. Sunday, March 10th: 9:00 AM – Morning sitting with a circle talk. We may also have a precepts ceremony (if enough interest) or a memorial ceremony, details TBA. Please RSVP below. You will receive an email with the retreat schedule and instructions a few days ahead of the retreat.  […]

The Platform Sutra of Hui-neng Dharma Study

Today’s Dharma Study will be “On Repentance” from The Sutra of Hui-neng. Here is a transcript of the chapter on Repentance, so that you may review it. Please join us, if you can, for this special Dharma Study… Transcript: On Repentance Once there was a big gathering of scholars and commoners from Kuang-chou, Shao-chou, and other places to wait upon the patriarch to preach to them. Seeing this, the patriarch mounted the pulpit and delivered the following address: In Buddhism, […]

What Now?

Ask an open-ended question, anticipation without expectation. Don’t make NOW into something. In calm abiding before thought, see with your ears and hear with your eyes. Each morning wrens welcome the sunrise in song.

January 5, 2019 – All Day Silent Retreat Schedule

First Zen Meditation Retreat of the New Year! Saturday, January 5, 2019 –  9:00 to 5:00 RSVP HERE before the retreat… This is a silent Retreat with several sittings in the morning and afternoon. Silence will be observed throughout, including the Lunch break. (The only exceptions are the Q & A’s).  There will be two Dharma Talks beginning and ending the retreat led by Abbot Will Rauschenberger. Schedule: (subject to change) Morning: 9:00 AM – Introduction and retreat instructions. 9:15 AM – Dharma […]

Wednesday Dharma Study-Everyday Zen Podcast on MIND

If you’re unable to join us for our OZS Dharma Study on Wednesday Evening, here is the Podcast we will be listening to… Norman Fisher, Everyday Zen Podcast: MIND Mind podcast – download here Posted: 13 Dec 2018 09:05 PM PST Norman speaks on the Buddhist teachings of “Mind” from a recent article of his published in “Lions Roar” magazine.

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 […]