At this time, Pine Wind Zen Community, Jizo-an Monastery Temple (Zendo) is OPEN for Public Visits to convene in person once again. We also continue Livestreaming for some of our events. Please refer to this web page (see below) for updated information on In-Person and Livestream Online Zendo Events, and other ways to connect. You can also keep up with us through our Newsletter and our podcast, as well as Patreon and social media.
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All of the following programs are offered at low cost or without a fee requirement. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through the registration process, or via our Donation Page. Thank you for your support!
Upcoming In-Person & Online Zendo Programs (Zoom) for September 2021
"We have looked away from ourselves and toward other for so long that we have forgotten who we truly are. Zen is a road map which, when fully engaged, can lead us back to ourselves and the only real source for our happiness. There is no magic here and I am not a magician. Zen-Traning both challenges, as well as provides ancient techniques and solutions for navigating our lives through whatever challenges life presents us. The techniques we are offered are very simple and, because of their simplicity, will prove to be most difficult. After forty-five years I have concluded, however, that if we engage this path wholeheartedly, we will know what it really is to live our lives as fully as possible. Our final destination is where we began our journey - Home." - Seijaku Roshi
The Ease & Joy of Morning Meditation (Virtual Meditation Online Only)
Livestream Meditation Schedule:
(Everyday at 5:30am Online)
EVERY WEEK OF THE MONTH
Zazen is the dharma gate of great ease and joy
— this is the standard that Master Dogen lays down.
Join Rev. Genjo LeBlanc. OGL for a morning of meditation where we’ll learn to sit with ease and intimacy. We spend this time together in curiosity and exploration. It is an ideal entryway for beginners and even intermediate or long-time meditators who want to refresh and renew the meditation experience. The Ease and Joy of Mornings is for everyone; no one is left out.
In addition to an introduction of some basic Zen forms, you will learn how to establish and maintain a comfortable sitting posture, how to focus on your breath, and how to engage the self with intimacy and curiosity.
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. DONATIONS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED.
The Ease & Joy of Evening Meditation & Dharma Discussion
Virtual Meditation and a brief Evening Dharma Discussion (Online Only)
Livestream Meditation - Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EVERY WEEK of the month.
Practice and enlightenment, the masters have long said, are both solitary and social endeavors. We need each other for reflection, encouragement and inspiration. Though some may have a strong capacity for seclusion, Sangha is one of the three precious gems for a very good reason. We depend on each other to wake up. "We Are More Together Than Alone."
Guidelines for Participating (Zazen) Meditation Over Zoom
Please join sittings a few minutes before the scheduled time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.
Please keep your microphone muted until the very end.
The group leader will ring three bells to begin zazen.
The group leader will ring one bell to signal the end of zazen.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - Recognizing Our Obstacles - The Five Hindrances
Wednesday October 6th, 2021 @ 7:00pm In-Person or Online
Suggested donation: $15
Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves, OGL and the Monks of Pine Wind
Recognizing Our Obstacles - The Five Hindrances:
This path and practice is profound and beautiful, but it is not easy. It takes continuous practice and devotion. We come up against many obstacles, challenges, and hindrances in our practice, as in our daily life. Learning to see and to recognize these obstacles, these negative mental states, is the first step in overcoming them. We will discuss the traditional Five Hindrances in Buddhism.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - Everything Dies
Wednesday October 13th, 2021 @ 7:00pm In-Person or Online
Suggested Donation: $15
Join Rabbi Richard Chimon Simon, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind.
How do we handle death from a Buddhist perspective? How do we deal with the fears and uncertainty that affect us when we think of the loss of loved ones and our own end? Do we really believe that I (the "me I call myself") will cease to exist? Come learn about anatta (No Self) and anicca (Impermanence) and the value of spiritual practice in dealing with this sensitive issue.
Saturday Morning Zazenkai
Saturday, October 9th, 2021 @ 9:00am CANCELLED
Join the Monks of Pine Wind as we come together to participate in this ancient practice of
'just sitting' or Zazen. The Chan monks referred to it as 'silent illumination.' Although the instructions for sitting Zazen are generally very basic and simple, its depth and insight reaches far beyond what any written words can possibly convey. This is open to all persons, whether experienced or a beginner.
Be sure to arrive a few minutes early for any instructions and to make sure we are able to all begin on time...wear comfortable, loose clothing. Cushions and chairs are provided.
IN-PERSON ONLY: CANCELLED FOR OCTOBER
Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Fleeting Now
Wednesday October 20th, 2021 @ 7:00pm In-Person or Online
Suggested Donation: $15
Join Rev. Genjo Kevin LeBlanc, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind.
The Fleeting Now:
The subtle and profound are functions of creation...but how does the human species operate in this mystery of life? How do we see, hear, feel, taste, touch and think? In a very simple way, we operate from memory rather than an experiential process...we see a sunset and the brain stores that information along with the sensations and emotions that coincide with that experience; so the next time we 'see' another sunset , the brain simply reaches back to recreate the original sunset. This is why we try to recapture or push away things we experienced the first time, depending on the sensations of good or bad. And yet, they rarely live up to our memory and so the feeling that arises is different. Generally a feeling of 'less than'...because, it's a new sunset being perceived in a new day with all the attending emotions and mental states of that day.
So to be present...has nothing to do with what we 'know' but our level of awareness in each moment.