Josh Bartok, Sensei speaks about practising with hostilities in our everyday life.
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)
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).
Sangha members and friends will be displaying their artwork at GBZC on Saturday May 9th and Sunday May 10th from Noon to 6 PM.
Here is the audio recording from the first in a series of talks presented by Sensei Josh Bartok on our Zen forms as practised here at the Greater Boston Zen Center.
Please Join Us for Obon Ceremony & Lantern Making
Obon, as celebrated at Greater Boston Zen Center, is a very special Buddhist ceremony to honor one's ancestors as well as all the people who have been important in our lives.
Obon is a special time to come together in support of one another as we sit upright amid the many different types of losses that occur in our lives, such as deaths, injury and illness, divorce, and job loss. During Obon we remember our ancestors, give thanks to all who have supported us in our lives, and entrust ourselves to Sangha for support and healing.
To celebrate Obon, we will be offering a special liturgical service and two ways to make ceremonial lanterns.
At GBZC on Saturday, August 30th, at 11:15 AM at the end of the regular Saturday morning sit. Family and friends are welcome! If you have made a ceremonial lantern, please bring it to place on the altar.
Making Ceremonial Lanterns - 2 options
As a community: We will gather at GBZC on Thursday, August 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Materials and instructions will be provided.
Solo: Materials and instructions will be available at GBZC (beginning on Tuesday evening, August 5th) to take home and do on your own or with family and friends.
Traditionally in ancient Japan, Obon ceremonial lanterns were illuminated and then set afloat on a river. Today, due to safety and environmental concerns, we encourage you to release your lantern in spirit and enjoy it at home or set it afloat in a way that cares for our environment.
Mark your calendar and don't miss this very special opportunity to be with one another in loss and remembrance of all those that have touched our lives.
We invite students in high school and college, as well as recent graduates thereof, to join us for a somewhat-intensive three session "retreat." Sessions are to be held back-to-back - June 14th through 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. - so that our practice together deepens quickly.
It would be best if participants could come all three days, but anyone can sign up for any day(s) that she or he can make it by emailing me at [email protected]
Our retreat will include chants, precept study, forms, and meditation practices, as well as discussions about Zen, meditation more generally, and how to weave practice into daily life.
A talk on compassion by Kate Hartland given at Bright Sea Zen in North Weymouth.