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 July 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 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 - For the Benefit of All Beings
Wednesday July 7, 2021 @ 7:00pm In Person or Online
Suggested donation- $15.00
Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind for an evening designed for Beginners, as well as seasoned students of Meditation and Zen.
The Dharma of Love and Relationship
For each of us, our true nature is that of loving beings, and we spend our entire life in relationship. But love and relationships can be complicated, and we can sometimes find ourselves feeling stuck. How can the teachings and principles of the Dharma help us to get unstuck, and aid us in cultivating more honest and open relationships?
Saturday July 10th 9:00am-10:30am In Person
Morning Zazen - Silent Illumination
Zazen is the fundamental practice in Zen Buddhism, and the Zendo or meditation hall is a space created especially for that practice. Master Dogen said that Zazen is "the actualization of truth and wisdom" - it is the practice of a Buddha.
Whether a beginner or seasoned meditator, you're invited to come sit with the monks in Sangha and share in the sacred space of Jizo-an Hall, experiencing silent meditation, kinhin (walking meditation) and chanting of the Sutras.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation From Suffering
Wednesday July 14, 2021 @ 7:00pm In Person or Online
Suggested Donation- $15.00
Join Rabbi Chimon Simon, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind.
Desire or Fear
The second Noble Truth of Buddhism says that "the cause of suffering is desire," and yet recent studies into the human mind seem to indicate that suffering (lack of fulfillment) is caused by fear and anxiety. We will investigate how these two operate together and how we can use new tools to understand and work with these powerful emotions to live a more enlightened, mindful life.
Sunday Morning Liturgy - The Freedom to Be.
Sunday July 18th - 8am - 10am...In Person Event
Join the Monks and Sangha of Pine Wind for a period of Zazen followed by Liturgy. This practice dates back to a time before many religions. Chanting and the offering of prayers is a way of opening oneself, a raising of the heart and mind to the great unknown; an offering to all the Buddhas and enlightened ones, all Bodhisattvas and Mahasattvas, to those here and those gone on; this is the beautiful practice of Liturgy.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation from Suffering
Wednesday July 21, 2021 @ 7:00pm In Person or Online
Join Rev. Genjo Kevin Leblanc, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind.
The Noble Eightfold Path is the Buddha's profound and subtle pathway to liberation.
It holds the keys to transform suffering into a peaceful way of seeing and being in the world, and yet it does not say anywhere within it's vast teachings that one will not experience pain in life...So why work towards something that won't free you from pain?
The first aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path is the ocean; once you step into the ocean, you've entered it entirely.
Reading isn't swimming.