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Dogen Study Group

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Recommended Dogen books:

Realizing Genjokoan (Okumura)
Living by Vow (Okumura)
Opening the Hand of Thought (Uchiyama)
Moon in a Dewdrop (Tanahashi)
How to Raise an Ox (Cook)
Eihei Dogen--Mystical Realist (Kim)
Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Tanahashi)

Eihei Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, is one of the most influential Zen teachers who has ever lived. He is a peerless master of Dharma expression, and the study of Dogen is essential for anyone who practices shikantaza. And yet his writings are, to almost everyone who starts to read them, exceeding difficult to penetrate. We have found that a group study of his work is a wonderfully effective way of entering into these teachings. Some members of the study group refer to it as a "support group" for readers of Dogen.

GBZC offers a Dogen study and discussion group on
FOURTH SUNDAYS at 3:30 PM. Drop-ins are welcome! Prior reading is not required and a few books will be on hand to use during the discussion. Come for one discussion, a few of them, or all of them as your schedule allows.

For 2018-19, this group will be led by Josh Bartok, Roshi and Steve Wallace, Sensei.
We will be using Kaz Tanahashi's translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye".

We'll be meeting each month, September through May. Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the fourth Sunday of the month.  The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the fourth Sunday.
Dates: 9/9, 10/28, 11/25, 12/23, 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 5/19

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15

Readings

Sep 9:  Chapter 10 - Valley Sounds, Mountain Colors
Oct 28:  Chapter 11 - Refrain from Unwholesome Action
Nov 25:  Chapter 28 - The Point of Zazen, pp 303 - 309
Dec 23:  Chapter 28 - The Point of Zazen, pp 309 - 314
Jan 27:  Chapter TBA
Feb 24:  Chapter TBA
Mar 24: Chapter TBA 
Apr 28:  Chapter TBA 
May 19:
 Chapter TBA 

Survey 2016

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Dear Sangha,

It’s the Greater Boston Zen Center’s goal to offer programming that serves the needs and wants of the GBZC community as best we can, and we’ve put together a brief survey to help us get a sense of how we might do this.

I want to encourage you all to, please, spend a few minutes (probably around 5-7 minutes) filling out this survey.

Part of what’s leading us to send out this survey is the fact that over the past year, we’ve seen a significant decrease in the registration numbers for our commuter retreats and all-day participants for our all-day sits. Attendance at the study groups, though not decreasing, is also not huge. And we’d like to get a better general sense of what causes and conditions give rise to this state of affairs.

with deep appreciation to each and every one of you,

Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi

 

Precepts Discussion Group

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Recommended books on the Precepts

The Mind of Clover (Aitken)
Waking Up to What You Do (Rizetto)
Being Upright (Anderson)
If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break (Ford)
The Heart of Being (Loori)

Recommended Books on the Precepts and Society

The Great Awakening (Loy)
The New Social Face of Buddhism (Jones)
Money Sex War Karma (Loy)
Pavement (Jensen)
Razor-Wire Dharma (Malone)

The Precepts of Skillful Action are the heart of what it means to practice Zen off the cushion--and their study is an endlessly rich, ever-unfolding practice.

For the 2018-2019 season, the Precepts Study Group will explore the book Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson.

This book study and discussion group will meet on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month at 1:00 PM, and will be facilitated by GBZC's Board of Directors President, Donna White.

Drop-ins welcome! Prior reading is suggested, but not required. Come for one discussion, a few of them, or all of them as your schedule allows.

We'll be meeting each month, September through June. Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the first Saturday of the month.  The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the first Saturday.

Dates: 9/8, 10/20, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/20, 5/25, 6/22

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM

Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15

Readings:

Sep 8: Chapters 6&7, pp. 33-46
Oct 20: Chapter 7, The Three Refuges
Nov 3: Chapter 8, The Three Pure Precepts
Dec 1: Chapter 9, The Abode and the Source
Jan 5: Chapter 10, Practicing and Being Practiced
Feb 2: Chapter 11, Taking Self and Others Across
Mar 2: Chapter 12, The Ten Grave Precepts
Apr 20: Chapter 13, Not Killing
May 25: Chapter 14, Not Stealing
June 22: Chapter 15, Not Misusing Sexuality

Liturgy Study Group

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The Liturgical texts of Zen are powerful and provocative teaching tools. They can be pointers to practice, words of encouragement, and transformative acts-in-themselves.

GBZC offers a Liturgy study and discussion group on the FOURTH THURSDAY EVENING of the month at 7:15 PM. Drop-ins are welcome! 

For 2017-18, this group will be taught by our abbot Josh Bartok assisted by our co-heads of practice Steve and Laura Wallace. John Vetrano will be the practice leader for the group.

We'll be meeting each month, September through May, except January.
Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month.  The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the fourth Thursday.
Dates: 9/21, 10/26, 11/30, 12/21, (no meeting in January), 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24
Time: 7:15 – 8:45 pm

Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15

Reading will be:

This year we will be discussing a selection of texts that have been newly added to our BoWZ liturgy book.  The liturgy book is available for download here.

  • September
    1. Healing is Situated in Love, by angel Kyodo williams
    2. Compassion Unbound, by Koun Yamada
    3. The Fruit of the Bodhisattva Way, by Mazu Daoyi
  • October
    1.  Buddha Nature, by Eihei Dogen
    2.  The Way I Must Enter, by Izumi Shikibu
  • November
    1. Nothing to Do, by Linji Yixuan
    2. There is No End, by Dainin Katagiri
    3. Aspiration Prayer, by Larry Yang
    4. Your True Self Is The World, by Kosho Uchiyama
  • December
    1. The Heart of True Entrusting (“Xinxinming”), by Jianzhi Sengcan

  • February
    1. Receiving the Marrow by Bowing, by Eihei Dogen, p. 51
    2. Body and Mind, Ocean and Waves, by Keizan Jokin, p. 55
    3. Realizing the Zen Way, by Muso Soseki, p. 19
  • March
    1. Sending-and-Receiving, by Norman Fischer, p. 74
    2. Hope in the Dark, by Rebecca Solnit, p. 71
    3. Fourfold Commitment to Social Justice, by GBZC Racial and Social Justice Group, p. 66
  • April
    1. Observing the One Who Is Dim and Dull, by Da Hui, p. 19
    2. This Moment is the Koan, by Keizan Jokin, p. 57
    3. Great Doubt, by Hakuin Ekaku, p. 18
  • May
    1. Who Owns the Weather? By Joan Tollifson, p. 73
    2. Ocean-Mudra Samadhi, by Eihei Dogen, p. 54
    3. Do Your Best from the Record of Linji, p. 20

Buddhist Responses to Climate Change

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Thursday, February 18, 6 - 8:30 pm, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and BoWZ Dharma Teacher and GBZC sangha-mate, Dr. Julie Nelson, will make presentations at the Harvard Divinity School's RPP Colloquium: Buddhist Responses to Climate Change. 
 
Dr. Julie Nelson will present "Beyond 'Small is Beautiful': Buddhism and the Economics of Climate Change." and Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, chair of Buddhist Global Relief and president of the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS), will present "The Four Noble Truths of the Climate Crisis." Space is limited and RSVP is required.  Get the details and RSVP.

Liturgy Study Group 2014-15

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The Liturgical texts of Zen are powerful and provocative teaching tools. They can be pointers to practice, words of encouragement, and transformative acts-in-themselves. This group will use Shohaku Okumura's book LIVING BY VOW: A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO EIGHT ESSENTIAL ZEN CHANTS AND TEXTS, as our main text to explore chants in Boundless Way Liturgy.

GBZC offers a Liturgy study and discussion group on
THIRD THURSDAY EVENINGS at 7:15 PM. Drop-ins are welcome!

For 2014-15, this group will be taught by Josh Bartok and Senior GBZC dharma teachers. John Vetrano will be the practice leader for the group.
We will be using Shohaku Okumura's Living by Vow as our primary text.

We'll meeting each month, September through May, except January.
Dates: 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, (no meeting in January), 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21
Time: 7:15 – 8:45 pm

Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15

Reading will be:

Sep 18 -- Four Bodhisattva Vows (chap 1)
Oct 16 -- Verse of Repentence / Gatha of Atonement (Chap 2)
Nov 20 -- Three Refuges (Chap 3)
Dec 18 -- The Robe Chant / Verse of the Kesa (Chap 4)
Skip Jan
Feb 19 --- Heart Sutra (Chap 6)
Mar 19 --- Meal Chants (Chap 5)
April 16 --- Harmony of Difference and Unity (Chap 7.)
May 21 --- Gatha for Opening the Sutra (chap 8).