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 study of the great Zen teachers!
When: 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 great Zen teachers using various references and commentaries. We finish up by 8:30 pm.
Week one: Outline of Practice – The two roads that lead to the Path. Reason and Practice.
Week two: The Four all-inclusive practices: suffering injustice, adapting to conditions, seeking nothing, and practicing the Dharma.
Week three: Bloodstream Sermon – This mind is the Buddha
Week four: Bloodstream Sermon continued – No attaining anything
Week five: Wake-up Sermon – the essence of the way, detachment
Week six: Wake-up Sermon continued – witnessed on the way
Note: No experience is necessary and all are welcome. A donation is not required to participate, however, a voluntary donation (suggested $5.00) will help defray our costs. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing. We have some cushions (zafus) and chairs, however, if you have your own zafu, we encourage you to bring your own. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early if you need instruction. See the calendar on the website for any cancellations or changes to the schedule. RSVP is recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org or TXT: 941 228 4511.