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Introduction to Zen Buddhism Class Confirmation

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Greater Boston Zen Center
552 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA in Central Square
Four Mondays in July: 7/1-7/22
TIme: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thank you for registering for the Introduction to Zen Buddhism Class, co-led Josh Bartok Roshi, Spiritual Director of GBZC and Karen McCormack, a practice leader at GBZC. A spot has been reserved for you.

This four-session class is a perfect way to connect to the vibrant and welcoming contemplative community at the Greater Boston Zen Center and learn what Buddhism is all about. Through a mixture of history, philosophy, context, hands-on practice, and direct experience, you’ll learn about the Zen tools for finding peace—right in the middle of our busy, complicated lives.

Cost This class is made available on a sliding scale, according to means. Please see below for suggested donation. Please do not let money keep you away.

Please enter donation amount and click Pay Now button.

  • Circumstances of financial challenge: $ as you can afford (Please never stay away due to financial reasons. Your presence itself is valuable!)
  • $80 for all four session

With bows,
Karen McCormack

Introduction to Zen Buddhism Class

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Introduction to Zen Buddhism Class
>> REGISTRATION NOW OPEN <<

Curious about Zen?
Want to learn more about Buddhism?
Looking for guidance in starting a meditation practice?
Wondering what goes on at the Greater Boston Zen Center?
Hoping to understand Zen forms and practices more deeply?

 

This four-session class is a perfect way to connect to the vibrant and welcoming contemplative community at the Greater Boston Zen Center and learn what Buddhism is all about. Through a mixture of history, philosophy, context, hands-on practice, and direct experience, you’ll learn about the Zen tools for finding peace—right in the middle of our busy, complicated lives.

 

Classes led by Josh Bartok Roshi, Spiritual Director of GBZC and Karen McCormack, GBZC Practice Leader
Four Mondays in July: 7/1–7/22
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $80 for all four sessions (or pay whatever you can)

To inquire, email: [email protected];
To register: please use our
online registration form.

Right Use of Power Workshop Confirmation

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Greater Boston Zen Center
552 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA in Central Square
Saturday, May 18th from 9-5pm
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If you are viewing this page, you should have received a confirmation email confirming your spot will be reserved to attend this workshop. Space is limited, so confirmed reservations are required.

If you did not receive an email confirmation or are unsure if you are on the list, please be in touch with [email protected].

Cost Thank you for supporting this event and the dharma! This event is made available on a sliding scale, according to means. Please see below for suggested donations. Please do not let money keep you away.

Please choose donation level, fill-in amount and click Pay Now button.

  • Circumstances of financial challenge: $ as you can afford (Please never stay away due to financial reasons. Your presence itself is valuable!)
  • Basic community member cost : $50
  • Supporting community member : $100
  • Collaborating community member : $150
  • Sustaining community member: $150+

Lunch A boxed vegetarian lunch will be provided to attendees. Please fill out this google form if you would like us to order you lunch. There will be a space to include any special dietary restrictions, which we will do our best to accommodate. If we are unable to accommodate, we will let you know.

With bows,
Karen McCormack & Rebecca Behizadeh, Workshop Registrars

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 2019-20, 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 third Sunday of the month.  The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the fourth Sunday.
Dates: 9/15, 10/27, 11/17, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/22, 4/26, 5/31

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

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

Readings

Sep 15: Chapter 66 - Spring and Autumn
Oct 27:  Canceled
Nov 17:  Chapter 39 - Within a Dream Expressing the Dream
Dec 22: Chapter 45 - Old Buddha Mind
Jan 26: TBD
Feb 23: TBD
Mar 22: TBD
Apr 26: TBD
May 31:
TBD

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 2019-2020 season, the Precepts Discussion Group will be led by Rev. Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei, resident teacher of the GBZC Affiliate group, Zen DownEast, in Pembroke, ME. This discussion group is offered by conference call. These calls are a half-hour long and each call is devoted to discussing one of the sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. The conference calls are open to all, regardless of where you may practice, and do not commit you to participating in Jukai (the formal ceremony of receiving the Precepts). Sometimes people simply want to learn more about the moral and ethical teachings of Zen. The first conference call in this series begins Monday evening, November 18, 2019. Participants are asked to read two books: Reb Anderson’s Being Upright and the Bodhisattva Precepts and Robert Aitken’s The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics.

If you're interested in studying the Precepts with Diane, please contact her at [email protected]

If you are interested in formally receiving the Precepts, you can inquire about this with any of our transmitted teachers, and you can find more information here.

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