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This Sunday: Commemorative stone dedication, October 26

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Announcements, Practice Opportunity | Comments Off on This Sunday: Commemorative stone dedication, October 26

Please join us this Sunday, October 26, for a special ceremony to initiate an area on the grounds that honors our root teachers, Robert Aiken and Thich Nhat Hanh, and members of our sanghas who have passed on. We will start with a half hour of sitting from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M. and then walk outside to the commemorative area, where stones will be placed for late members of MCPS and TTS. Members of their families have been invited to join us for this ceremony. Friends and families will be welcome to say a few words about our loved ones who have passed away. The regular Day of Mindfulness...

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Register now for Broken Raven sesshin, September 20-27

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Announcements, Practice Opportunity | Comments Off on Register now for Broken Raven sesshin, September 20-27

On September 20 we begin our 7-day sesshin – an intensive meditation retreat with Jack Duffy Roshi. Sesshin is a wonderful opportunity to deepen practice with seven days of silent meditation, teishos and dokusan (talks and individual meetings) with Jack. In sesshin, we pick up practice early in the morning, and carry it with us in formal sitting, chanting, eating, and rest periods through the day. The ritual is all designed to support practice in all activities without distraction. If you haven’t done sesshin with TTS before and want more information, feel free to send me an email or give me...

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“Even prior to heaven and earth”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on “Even prior to heaven and earth”

By Madelon Bolling This piece was originally given by Madelon as a dharma talk at the Three Treasures Sangha zazenkai on June 8, 2014. [Note: Daio Kokushi is a dharma name. Daio means “great Yes,” “great affirmation,” or “great response.” Kokushi is the Japanese version of a Chinese term meaning “national teacher,” pronounced like the English “coke-she.” The middle “u” is silent.] In his verse, “On Zen,” Daio Kokushi (1235-1309) wrote, “There is a reality even prior to heaven and earth.” We often recite this fairly automatically, so today I’d like to consider it with more respect. “Respect”...

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Zazenkai, June 8: Even Prior to Heaven and Earth

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Meditation Retreat, Practice Opportunity | Comments Off on Zazenkai, June 8: Even Prior to Heaven and Earth

Please join us on Sunday June 8 at Dharma Gate for a one-day zenkai with Madelon from 9am to 3pm. There will be an informal lunch, with soup, as well as brad & cheese for sandwiches, provided; please bring other sandwich fixings or other food to share. We will consider hints given in Daio Kokushi’s verse On Zen, settling in to the deep attraction that practice holds even in the presence of the contradictions of daily experience. The schedule will be as follows: 9:00 Opening, Five Remembrances, Zazen 9:35 Pointers: selected lines of On Zen, Zazen 10:30 Recitation: Daio...

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Wild Sacredness: Floating through the Grand Canyon

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Reflections | 1 comment

Here begin the terrors Here begin the miracles ―The Legend of the Grail   Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future. ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha   “Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!” said Piglet, feeling him. Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet What happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time. ― A.A. Milne   Something certainly does happen, being inside a...

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