Due to our fall Sesshin, there will be no Zazen at the dojo on the following dates: Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 22.

Dear Friends,

Our first group study is scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. In preparation for this study, please read the following chapters: The Introduction, Outline of Practice, and Bloodstream Sermon. Take notes as you go through these chapters and bring the book with you to the meeting.

This is a good opportunity to be reminded that while all teachings are given as an offering, it is imperative to maintain financial contributions in support of the continuing efforts. This is a vital aspect of your practice and needs to be addressed whether you are practicing regularly at our Wyckoff location, or studying remotely. We are all a part of one Sangha. Dana Paramita is considered to be among the first teachings of the Buddha, as "Giving Freely" is one of the most profound ways to express selflessness, and deepen the realization of unity.

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Love,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

The Fall Ango ceremony will be held at the upcoming Zazenkai, on Sunday, September 17. The schedule is 8:30 - 4:00. The fee is $25 (lunch included). Please confirm your Zazenkai participation by the end of this week.

Below are two documents: the Ango commitment form and a letter from the head trainee, Mitsugen. The commitment form includes seven practical ways to help you strengthen your resolve and keep the practice alive. These are the points we used during the Spring Ango. Please read both documents and thoroughly reflect on what you need to strengthen, and how you are planning to do it during the next three months. You need to print the commitment form, fill it out, and bring it to the Zazenkai on the 17th. Your first commitment is to not leave the form at home!

If you are unable to join the opening event you can drop off your commitment form, or email it to me. It will be read by one of the Sangha member and you will a part of the Fall Ango.

Love,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

The Dojo will be closed on Saturday, 9/2, and Monday, 9/4. On Sunday, 9/3, there will be Zazen from 8:30 until 10:00.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

Love,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of the summer and prepare to embrace new challenges the fall may bring, we need to keep the finger on the pulse of our practice, and re-examine the level of our resolve. The beautiful lazy-days-of-summer can dry up the juices that keep things flowing, and leave us a bit less motivated to sustain the commitment to ongoing practice. But there is also the potential to enter the Fall feeling rested, rejuvenated, and curious. Whatever you feel at this point, about your practice, or about your life, contributes to the many ingredients that create the place from which you will take the next step. As a Sangha, we are here to support you as you take this step, and to encourage you to arouse Unconditional Great Determination through the highs and the lows.

Our fall schedule includes events that will help you ignite and fuel The Great Determination, as well as broaden and deepen your understanding of the Dharma. The fall Ango Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 17th, during our Zazenkai. The Head Trainee for this Ango will be Ricardo Mitsugen Petroni, and the theme will be "Humility". To help us unpack this monumental theme, we will study together Bodhidharma's teaching. The group study will consist of three meetings at the dojo on the following dates: Sunday, October 1st; Sunday, November 5th; and Sunday, December 3rd. The plan is to begin each study meeting at 10:15 AM and to end at 11:45 AM. There will be no Teisho on these dates. The book we will use for the study is: "The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma" translated by Red Pine. It's available as an e-book or hard copy, please purchase it ahead of time.

More details will follow, and the Ango commitment form will be emailed by next week.

Please review the following list of events and make arrangements to be available. The Sesshin registration is still open, but you need to contact me as soon as you can about reserving a place, in case you have not yet done so.

Fall Events:

  • September 17 - Zazenkai / Ango opening (Wyckoff)
  • October 19-22 - Fall Sesshin and Jukai Ceremony at Dai Bosatsu Monastery
  • November 19 - Zazenkai and Mondo (Wyckoff)
  • December 10 - Zazenkai / Ango / Shusso Hossen (Dharma Encounter) (Wyckoff)

As always, you can reach out to me with questions, concerns, or advise.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Some of our regular members are away or busy with summer family activities, and it is affecting the registration for Sunday’s Zazenkai. To open the event for more people we are changing the format to half-day, 8:30 - 12:30. There will be no lunch and the event’s fee is donation based. If you are available to attend please let me know!

The next full-day Zazenkai is scheduled for Sunday, 9/17. Make plans to attend and keep in mind that this event will include the Fall Ango entry ceremony, a three months intensive training period. The head trainee for this upcoming Ango will be Rev. Mitsugen. More details will follow at the beginning of September.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, 8/13, we will be holding a Zazenkai from 8:30 until 4:00. The day will include a formal lunch and the fee is $25. Please plan on arriving at least 15-20 minutes early so we can begin as scheduled. If you have not yet done so, confirm your attendance as soon as you can.

The deposit for our Fall Sesshin is due by 9/15. Please register and submit the deposit by this date.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Our Annual Fall Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Monastery is from October 18 - 22, 2017. As some of you already know from previous experience, this is an incredible opportunity to experience Zen practice in a traditional setting with breath-taking surroundings.  The monastery is situated on a secluded mountain adjacent to the highest lake in the Catskill region in New York State, about 2.5 hours from Wyckoff, New Jersey.  This Sesshin will include Zazen, Dokusan, Teisho (Dharma talks), liturgy, traditional jihatsu-style meals, Yoga, and outdoor kinhin around the lake. For more information about the monastery visit their website: http://www.zenstudies.org/daibosatsuzendo.html.  

Make arrangements to take advantage of this opportunity to dive deeply into the practice and experience monastic life for a few days, away from the ongoing demands and challenges of everyday life. Sinking deeply into a Sesshin takes some time, and full participation is highly recommended! The power of silence and stillness is revealed gradually as the body settles down, and the incessant thinking process slows down. 

Registration is now open. Please look at the following options and confirm your participation promptly: 

1st option: 

From Wednesday, 10/18 until Sunday, 10/22. 

Arrival on Wednesday evening is between 5:00 - 6:00. Please note that a meal will not be served on that evening, so you will have to stop for dinner on the way up.  Departure on Sunday is at 2:00 pm. 

Total cost: $430  

2nd option:

From Thursday, 10/19 until Sunday, 10/22. 

Arrival on Thursday is between 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Departure on Sunday is at 2:00 pm. 

Total cost: $350

A deposit of $75 is due by August 15th (non-refundable). The remainder is due by September 20th. 

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Love to all, 

Junryu

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, 7/30,  we will have a shortened morning, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Zazen will be led by Rev. Mitsugen. Please show up and keep you practice alive!

Love to all,
Junryu 

Dear Friends,

• Our next Zazenkai is scheduled for Sunday, August 13th, from 8:30 - 4:00. Let me know if you are available to attend. Please note that this is the only Zazenkai we have on the schedule for the summer.

• The fall Ango opening was originally scheduled for September 24th, but due to a scheduling conflict we need to move it to September 17th. This will be a full-day Zazenkai, from 8:30 until 4:00. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.

Here is the events schedule for the rest of the year:

  • August 13: One-day Zazenkai
  • September 17: One-day Zazenkai / Ango opening
  • October 18-22: Fall Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Monastery
  • November 19: One-day Zazenkai
  • December 10: One-day Zazenkai / Ango closing / Shusso Hossen

Love to all,
Junryu