Chong An Sunim at OZS

Retreat Weekend with Zen Master Chong An Sunim

Zen Master Chong An Sunim – March 6,7,8, 2020 Join with us to explore and deepen your meditation practice under the guidance of a dynamic and gifted Zen Master. There will be an opportunity for a variety of practices, geared for the benefit of all participants. Beginners and old-timers alike are gratified by Sunim’s humor, down-to-earth approach, avoidance of intellectualisms, and of esoteric wordiness. His practice instruction is realistic and practical, yet somehow leaves you beautifully informed as to the meaning […]

May 28 to June 12, 2020 – Pilgrimage to Won Kwang Sa

Pilgrimage to Won Kwang Sa Temple in the Pilis Mountains near Budapest, Hungary – May 28-June 12, 2020 Even though there will be plenty of exciting things to do (including a road trip to Austria), this trip is not designed as a “guided tour.” Rather, it is meant to be a pilgrimage. If you have no interest in Won Kwang Sa Temple, then this trip is not for you. There will be ample opportunity to do things on your own, […]

OZS Podcasts – Dharma Talks

Podcasts of the Dharma Talks at the Ordinary Zen Sangha Practice sessions in Sarasota, Florida. Abbot Will Rauschenberger’s Dharma talks from our Wednesday evening and Sunday morning practice sessions will be available for download or listen to on line. https://ordinaryzensangha.org/series/note-to-self-podcasts/

Nail Down Your Meditation Practice

Tilopa was a mahasiddha, a great adept, who likely lived in the region of present-day West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh around the turn of the th century. Little is known about his life, but traditional biographies tell us that he was a cowherd and showed a natural inclination for meditation and mystical experiences. Over the course of his life he became a very experienced meditator with a profound understanding of the mind. Like many of the other famed mahasiddhas from […]

Paying Attention

Getting to know ourselves through our meditation practice. Sunday 2/09/2020.

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Making Clouds Disappear

When I was a child, I used to play a game with friends called “making the clouds disappear.” Days that clouds were scattered and puffy were ideal. We would each pick a cloud and focus all our energy on making it disappear, and sure enough, with patience, they would disappear! What was wonderful about the game was the experience of oneness, of sky, mind, space. It was the magic of active imagination! As adults we intellectually might grasp that this […]

Vimalakirti Sutra – with talks by Norman Fischer

From http://everydayzen.org/ – these Podcasts by Norman Fischer are excellent commentaries on the Vimalakirti Sutra. The sutra explains the meaning of nonduality directly with the words of the Buddha. An important aspect of this scripture is that it contains a report of a teaching addressed to both arhats and bodhisattvas by the layman Vimalakīrti, who expounds the doctrine of Śūnyatā, or emptiness, to them. You may download the Sutra here: https://holybooks-lichtenbergpress.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Vimalakirti-Nirdesa-Sutra.pdf Vimalakirti Sutra – Talk 1 – Dharma Seminar – […]