In Zen buddhism, importance is placed on working for the community. The work is done in the spirit of generosity and devotion. This voluntary work is known as samu and is done with a contemplative attitude. Come build shelves to store the zafus, in addition to other small tasks to support our dojo. Light refreshments and conversation to follow.
Sunday December 15th, 4:00 (Zazen) 5:30 (Potluck)
Get to know other members of the sangha! This event is a chance for fellowship and conversation, and to discuss Zen if there is a desire to do so (not required). Bring a dish to share!
December 23rd-Jan 4th, Holiday closure
Enjoy time with family and friends this holiday season. Our last practice together for 2019 will be Sunday December 22nd. We will reopen Sunday January 5th.
Finally, be on the lookout for a newly designed website. We will make a formal announcement to launch the site at the beginning of 2020. In the meantime here is a preview: www.zenbrooklyn.org
Come for zazen and stay for the food and fellowship! Bring a dish, a drink, or just yourself. Fill the belly after you empty the mind. We will be talking about some of the new calendar of events and will sharing with one another about zen practice. See you then!
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.
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!