Chong An Sunim at OZS

Retreat Weekend with Zen Master Chong An Sunim

Zen Master Chong An Sunim – March 6,7,8, 2020 RSVP – retreat-weekend-registration-form Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm – Dharma Talk After the Dharma Talk, Sunim will answer questions. Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Silent Retreat Following some basic instruction on meditation, chanting will begin the Silent Retreat, with sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation, and optional Kongan interviews. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Water and snacks will be provided. We will serve tea and end the […]

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/

Last few days of 2019 – Celebrating Buddha’s Awakening

Buddha’s enlightenment is said to have happened in December, so we celebrate his awakening. As we bring the year to an end, I would like to leave you with two Dharma Talk Podcasts. The first one is by Norman Fisher and includes a wonderful “Fairy Tale” about Buddha’s enlightenment that comes from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Old Path White Clouds. Norman Fisher – “The Buddha as a completely normal person“ http://everydayzen.org/teachings/2013/buddha-normal-person-all-day-sitting-december-2019/ The second Podcast is last Sunday’s Dharma talk at […]

The Gift of Winter

Abbot Will Rauschenberger shares that the winter of our practice is the wonderful gift necessary for our growth and nurture.

Dependent Origination

Abbot Will Rauschenberger talks about Dependent origination and the following poem. Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage Shih-t’ou (700-790) I’ve built a grass hut where there’s nothing of value. After eating, I relax and enjoy a nap. When it was completed, fresh weeds appeared. Now it’s been lived in – covered by weeds. The person in the hut lives here calmly, Not stuck to inside, outside, or in between. Places worldly people live, he doesn’t live. Realms worldly people love, he […]

January 2020 – All Day Silent Retreat

Saturday 1/18/2020 9:00AM – 5:00PM A traditional, yet relaxed all day sit begins at 9:00 am and includes chanting, meditation, a silent lunch, and dharma talk/discussion. Abbot Will Rauschenberger is also available for a private meeting (dokusan), if requested. Suggested contribution for the All Day Sit is $20.00 but this is not arbitrary,  it is up to you to give what you can. There is no set fee.  Please bring your own brown bag lunch, tea and coffee will be […]