At this time, Pine Wind Zen Community, Jizo-an Monastery Temple (Zendo) is Closed for Public Visits until it is safe for us to convene in person once again. In the meantime, like so many others around the world, we’ll be using the Internet to stay connected. Please refer to this web page (see below) for updated information on 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 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 Online Zendo Programs (Zoom)
for January 2021
"We have looked away from ourselves and toward other for so long that we have forgotten who we are. Zen, 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 with 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)
Livestream Meditation Schedule -
(Monday-Friday 5:30am & Thursdays 9:30am)
Zazen is the dharma gate of great ease and joy
— this is the standard Master Dogen lays down.
Join Rev. Genjo LeBlanc 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.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation from Suffering. Wednesday January 6, 2021 at 7:00pm
Join Sensei Emyo Bizub, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind for an evening designed for Beginners as well as more seasoned students of Meditation and Zen.
The Evening will include a period of seated Zen Meditation (Shikantaza) and Walking Meditation (Kinhinn), Evening Prayers and a Dharma Teaching:
Liturgy (ritual) makes tangible the common experience of a Zen community and, family. During these challenging times when we feel more isolated than ever before, incorporating liturgy (ritual) into a home practice can be the bridge with staying connected with The Pine Wind Zen Community, and the larger soiritual community around the world.
Livestream Online Event
Introduction to Living Spiritually in The World - Living a Zen-Inspired Life
Saturday January 9, 2021 9:00am to 1:00pm
"This time calls each of us to bring forth clear understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Zen practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person no matter their faith or no-faith can engage, wherever we are."
This online version of Pine Wind's popular annual Introduction to Zen Training is an opportunity to engage these time-honored practices and begin a meditation practice at home or strengthen a practice that has already begun.
Designed for Beginners and the more seasoned student and practitioner.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation from Suffering - "The Teachings of Ch'an Master Sheng-Yen-Yen"
Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 7:00pm
Master Sheng-Yen (1931-2009) was a Chinese Buddhist master who established the Dharma Drum Monasteries. His teaching are relevant today, as they inform us of the necessity to practice Zen Mind at all time, in all circumstances. He said, “Ch’an (Zen) is practice, action, existence, and none of these things. It cannot be described.” We will explore obstacles and problems that we encounter in our spiritual practice on a daily basis, and methods to deal with these.
Join Rabbi Chimon Simon, OGL and The Monks of Pine Wind. The evening will include a period of seated and walking meditation, chanting, and Darma teaching.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation from Suffering - "Facing and Transforming Our Anger"
Wednesday January 20, 2021 7:00pm
The Buddha recognized that anger has the ability to bring us humans to such destructive states that he listed anger as one of the 3 pure poisons.
Through the great wisdom teachings, anger can be understood. When anger is transformed, it can become great compassion, great courage and at the same time, can take on the face of anger that stands up to injustices without the destructive qualities of violence.
Join Reve Genjo Leblanc, OGL and The Monks of Pine Wind for an evening including, a period of seated meditation, prayer, and Dharma teaching.
We Are More Together Than Alone - "MASTERING LIVING LIFE IN A FEAR ORIENTED CULTURE AND TIME"
SATURDAY JANUARY 16, 2021 at 7:00pm
An Evening With Seijaku Roshi -
These times call each of us to cultivate right understanding and genuine compassion to alleviate the suffering within us and in our world, dominated by fear and uncertainty. The Buddha was enlightened to the truth—that we each yearn to be at peace and in harmony—yet we struggle to know how our lives can bring us closer to our deepest aspirations. Buddhist practice is a Path that brings us closer, teaching us profound spiritual practices that any sincere person can engage, wherever we are....
Sunday Morning Liturgy, Prayers, and Dharma Teaching
Sunday January 17, 2021 at 9:00am
You are Invited to join The Monks of Pine Wind for our Monthly Liturgy for Global Healing and Renewal of Faith and Devotion, during these difficult times.
The morning includes Prayers for Healing, Dharma Reading, and a Dharma Teaching.