Thursday, April 18, 2019

Zen Spring Break- April 18- April 25



On account of Holy Week at St. Luke and St. Matthew's (our landlord), Zazen will be on hold from April 18 to April 25. We look forward to seeing you next week!

In the meantime here is some food for thought:
excerpt from The Way of True Zen by Taisen Deshimaru

"In the Shodoka, Yoka says, 'There is nothing to find in the world of satori, no person, not even Buddha. The innumerable cosmoses themselves are like bubbles in the ocean. All of the wisest and most venerable people are like streaks of lightning in the sky."

The Brilliance of komyozo zanmai [the samadhi storehouse of great wisdom--zazen] is mushotoku, unremitting effort. Unremitting effort does not mean choosing of abandoning oneself to samadhi only. Do not prefer ku, the void, or the pretext that shiki, things, should be rejected. This is a religious problem, not a social problem.

When you have understood this, your mind will reflect gentleness and compassion. A sense of conviction comes, but without any act of will, and you harmonize with all existences, creating more and more infinite beauty. This is the true komyozo, shining out in our resolution.

It has nothing to do with what you show other people. It is secret. True religion is like that.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Joinus this Sunday for our half day zazenkai. Doors open at 1:30pm. $15 suggested donation.

See you there!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Every Zazen is Different

Happy New Year! Though we have not been updating on the website, we've been busy. From sewing rakusus to trips to New Orleans to bodhisattva ordinations, 2018 was a time of deepening practice. We hope the same for 2019.

Just a reminder, we are still on winter break. The dojo opens back up Sunday, January 6, 2019. Hope to see you there!

 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monju End of Summer Break Sep. 2-13



Dear Sangha, 

Monju will be closed Sunday, Sept 2 and will open back up on Thursday, Sept 13. Stay in touch, though! 

Also, September 16 we will have another half-day zazenkai. More info soon. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Zazenkai July 22, 2018

Schedule:
2p.m.- Sounding the han
2:05- 3:15: Zazen session 1
3:15: Tea Break
3:30- 4:15- zazen Session 2
4:15-4:30- Break, Introduction to Zazen, and Questions
4:30- 5:45- Zazen session 3 with ceremony

 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Monday Morning Zazen starts Monday March 19th



We're pleased to let everyone know that starting Monday March 19th, we'll begin a Monday Morning Zazen starting promptly at 7 a.m. 

In the almost year since we've been at St. Luke and St. Matthew we've met mostly in the evenings and late afternoon.  We're eager to expand our hours to provide those of you a quiet space to start your week.  For anyone who's developed an early morning yoga or running practice, you can attest to what an impact an early morning ritual can make on the rest of your week.   
The morning practice will run as follows: 

6:45 a.m. - Dojo open for stretching/getting settled

7:00 a.m. - the Han or 'call to meditation' will be struck, zazen begins
(door will be closed no later than 7:05)

7:25 a.m. - Kinhin, walking meditation* 

7:30-7:55 a.m. - second session of zazen
*note:  practitioners are welcome to join one or both zazen sessions.  If only attending the 2nd, please wait outside until the door is opened during Kinhin at 7:25
This will also be the time anyone who wants to leave after the first session can do so. 

If anyone has some early rising friends please pass along the message and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.  As always zazen is a suggested $5 donation. 

Excited to expand our practice into the early parts of the day.
Hope to see you bright and early.

Friday, December 29, 2017


Dear Sangha, 

To close out the turbulent year of 2017, join us before your NYE festivities on Sunday at 4p for zazen and a New Year's celebration. 
2017 is significant, as it marks the 50th anniversary of Taisen Deshimaru bringing our lineage of Zen from Japan to the West. 

We are also humbled to close out our first year in our new home at St. Luke and St. Matthew, and are grateful to all of you who have come to sit with us in our earliest stages.  We wish you peace in the new year and look forward to many more years to come.

Gassho,

Monju-Do Zen Fellowship