Greater Boston Zen Center (GBZC) member Leilani Diaz invites persons of color (POCs) to join her in this new, monthly sitting group. This is an opportunity to cultivate a diverse community rooted in inclusivity, justice, and compassion; it is also a chance to open our hearts and eyes to the history of Western convert Zen Buddhism, which has historically been quite white. This group is meant to be both (a) an entry point for POCs new to Zen and (b) an exploratory practice for POCs familiar with Zen. This is a shortened Zen Buddhist service that will include chanting, seated meditation, walking meditation, and discussion (with tea and cookies). No RSVP required.
POCs GROUP INFO:
Greater Boston Zen Center
552 Massachusetts Avenue #208
Cambridge, MA 02139
Held the third Monday each month, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Newcomers please try to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a brief orientation and warm welcome.
Questions? Please email Leilani at [email protected]
About Leilani Diaz: Leilani is a social worker hailing from Somerville, MA. She first started sitting at GBZC in January 2015, and it has been her spiritual home since then. In her free time, Leilani enjoys making mixed media collages, playing the guitar, keeping up with friends and family, and petting the neighborhood cat that sits on her stoop.
For the 2018-2019 season, the Thursday night book study and discussion group will explore the new book Being-Time; A Practioner's Guide to Dogen's Shobogenzo Uji by Shinshu Roberts.
Shinshu Roberts writes, “In this world we are surrounded by much prejudice and violence born of deep ignorance of our sameness. To understand the truth of mutual identity and mutual interpenetration is not an abstract philosophical idea, it is the dharma gate of compassion and wisdom.”
All are invited to join us in exploring how Dogen’s teaching Uji, Being-Time can help us actualize our Bohisattva vows in our daily lives. 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.
This book study and discussion group will meet on the SECOND THURSDAY EVENING of the month at 7:15 PM and will be facilitated by GBZC Practice Leader, John Vetrano.
We'll be meeting each month, September through May. Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the second Thursday of the month. The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the second Thursday.
Dates: 9/13, 10/11, 11/15, 12/13, 1/31, 2/21, 3/28, 4/18, 5/9
Time: 7:15 – 8:45 PM
Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15
Uji, p. 25 and the first three paragraphs on p. 26
Chapter 1, p. 35 through the top of page 40
Chapters 2 and 3
Chapter 8: Pages 86-90
COMMEMORATED BY PRACTITIONERS WORLDWIDE, ROHATSU HONORS BUDDHA'S AWAKENING, WHICH IS ALSO OUR AWAKENING.
GBZC will have two special opportunities for
you to engage in this deeply held remembrance.
Rohatsu Sit: Fri night, Dec 12th, 8:30 – 10:00 pm
In symbolic observance of the Buddha's own all-night sitting, the Center will be open Friday night from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm for zazen. Come for all or part of this special opportunity to sit together.
"This zazen is not meditation practice.
It is simply the Dharma gate of joyful ease, the
practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment.”
Rohatsu Commemoration: Sat, Dec 13th, 9:00 am – Noon
(during the weekly Saturday morning program)
In addition to the regular Saturday morning program of zazen and interviews, there will also be a special Dharma talk and ceremony to commemorate Buddha’s awakening and the awakening of all beings.
How has this practice changed your life? Let’s sit together and honor the gift of Buddha’s enlightenment.
EXPLORE AND DEEPEN YOUR CONNECTION TO THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PRACTICE IN THE ZENDO
Chanting, bowing, offering incense, ringing a bell, playing a drum,
leading kinhin -- how do these traditional Zen forms
support and guide us in our practice?
Please join us on Saturday, August 23rd (during our regular Saturday morning sit) for an opportunity to explore and deepen your connection to the various aspects of practice in the zendo (meditation hall).
We'll be talking and learning about playing instruments used in our sutra service, being time keeper (jiki) and leading walking meditation, being chant leader (ino), bowing, and offering incense. We'll explore how we do them, the spirit in which we practice them, and the many different ways in which we may meet these forms -- none of which is a problem!
Saturday, August 23rd, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Exploring Zen Forms Discussion
Hands-on Learning & Practice
Whether you are brand new or have been sitting with us for years, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!