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Zen Center's First Ango

de11bb77-3306-4f7e-a3ef-b2c47fbc2bdc.jpgI would like to invite you to kick your practice up a notch for awhile. 

It has been almost two years since I began training as a Zen teacher. Since novice ordination, I have been assisting with prison outreach in Anamosa and Newton, and traveling with Zuiko to provide the support to our Bloomington-Normal, Illinois sitting group. Most recently I attended a ten-day training, Emerging Sangha Leaders, where we learned about leadership styles, communication skills, ritual and form, how to give dharma talks and how to have mindful compassionate dialogues. I am grateful to be able to support Zen Center in this way.

My next step in training is practicing as shuso (head practitioner) of our sangha for a three month period. As a part of this, we will be holding an ango, a three month intensive practice period. Ango, which translates as “peaceful dwelling,” is a time when we practice more intensely in order to strengthen and deepen our practice.

Ango will begin on May 15 and end on August 15th.

We can intensify our practice by choosing something we can do that’s a bit more than what we usually do and vowing to do it. What we do is up to us and it’s not as important to practice intensely as it is to continue our practice over time.

Here are some ideas to encourage your creativity at finding something you can do.
  • Sit at home every day however long you can.
  • Come to Sunday sitting weekly, twice a month, or once a month.
  • Read dharma – choose a book, read it, and practice with it.
  • Come to dharma study weekly.
  • Choose a daily-life practice like kindness, generosity, joy for others, or awareness and work on practicing it.
  • Come to noon or evening zazen or sit at home or work as we sit here.
  • Attend all or part of one all-day sitting or sesshin.

You also don’t need to be able to come to the Center to participate. You can join up by emailing us, saying how you plan to participate and committing to do it. By doing this, we can support each other. On May 14, the day before ango begins, we’ll send you a certificate of participation so you can have a connection during ango.

As you practice, you can post your ango adventures on our Facebook page every so often so everyone can see and we can encourage each other. At the end of ango you can report on how you did.

For people who can come, we’ll have a closing celebration on August 18 at the usual dharma talk time. On August 15 we’ll send out completion certificates to everyone who stuck with us to the end.

- Myoho Kendall

Wherever you are, we invite you to practice along with us.  You can join us by sending a note here.


Special Ango Events

 
 

Dharma Talks

Myoho has chosen to explore the Triple Treasure for this ango and will be offering three dharma talks – one each on Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha on May 19th, June 16th, and July 28th. These will be posted online for people who can’t attend in person.
 

Hossenshiki

You are also invited to attend the July 12th convocation (there will be tea and cookies) and the July 13th hossenshiki (dharma questioning) ceremony at 10:00 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch.
Thank you for all of your support. We hope to see or hear from you soon!

picture by Tsugen Narasaki roshi

 
 
 
 

 


Other News

 


New Board Members

As of April 28, 2019, the Cedar Rapids Zen Center has a fresh, new look to its Board of Directors. At the annual meeting last Sunday,
Amy O'Brien Eble, Jennifer Day, Lauren Manninen, Robyn Groth and Jisho Siebert were elected as our newest Board Members. Amy O'Brien Eble was elected Board President, and Jennifer Day was elected Board Vice President. Kelly Kruse will continue as Board Secretary, and Gus Gustafson will stay on as the seventh Board member. 

Congratulations to all, as we look forward to growing our sangha, improving our already excellent practice opportunities, and continuing to be a safe haven and refuge in our increasingly tangled world.

 
 

 

Zuiko at the Iowa House


On April 15, Zuiko gave the invocation for the day’s session of the Iowa House of Representatives.  Here she is with our Representative, Liz Bennett.





 

Chris is Leaving


Chris Lui will be leaving in May to pursue graduate studies at MIT and we will miss him. He has been a fine presence on Sundays and at work days. We’ll be having a going-away potluck brunch for him on Sunday, May 12 after dharma talk. Please come even if you’re unable to come to sitting and dharma talk.







 
 
 
 


May Highlights


 
 


May 15: Introduction to Zazen

  7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 

The Zen Center offers a one-evening introduction to Zen Buddhism and zazen. This includes a talk about Zen, zazen instruction, a short period of zazen and an opportunity for questions. Donations are welcome.

 

 






 

 

 

May 19: All Day Sitting

5:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.


All-day sittings are informal times of sitting together, and a chance to do a mini-retreat for a morning or afternoon, or spend an entire day sitting, walking, chanting and sharing food. Participants can come and go as their schedules allow. If you’re from out of town and need to stay overnight, there’s room at the center. Donations are welcome; there is no fee.








 
 



Coming in June

 

 

 

June 16: All Day Sitting (Solstice)

5:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.


All-day sittings are informal times of sitting together, and a chance to do a mini-retreat for a morning, or afternoon, or spend an entire day sitting, walking, chanting and sharing food. Participants can come and go as their schedules allow. If you’re from out of town and need to stay overnight, there’s room at the center. Donations are welcome; there is no fee.







 

June 19: Introduction to Zazen

  7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 

The Zen Center offers a one-evening introduction to Zen Buddhism and zazen. This includes a talk about Zen, zazen instruction, a short period of zazen and an opportunity for questions. Donations are welcome.

 

 









 
 
 

Other Sitting & Sangha Opportunities

 

Bloomington-Normal, Illinois group meets at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings at Palms Together Yoga, 1717 R.T. Dunn Drive, Unit E in Bloomington. For more information, click here or contact them at bnzengroup@gmail.com.

Des Moines - Daishin McCabe and Jisho Siebert lead half-day sittings from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month at Pure Land of Iowa – 8364 Hickman Road in Clive. For more information contact Daishin.

Weekly practice


Sundays 
9:00 a.m. Zazen
9:45 a.m. Dharma talk
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Samu (working meditation)
11:15-11:45 a.m. Tea/Discussion

Mondays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Monday Night Dharma
 
Tuesdays

12:15 – 12:55 p.m. Zazen

6:30 – 6:50 p.m. Zazen
6:50 – 7:00 p.m. Kinhin
7:00 – 7:20 p.m. Zazen
7:20 – 7:30 p.m. Kinhin
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Zazen

Wednesdays
12:15 – 12:55 p.m. Zazen

6:30 – 7:10 p.m. Zazen
7:10 – 7:20 p.m Kinhin
7:20 – 8:00 p.m. Zazen

Thursdays
6:30 – 7:10 p.m. Zazen
7:10 – 7:20 p.m. Kinhin
7:20 – 8:00 p.m. Zazen

Fridays
12:15 – 12:55 p.m. Zazen

Monthly practice


Third Wednesdays
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Introduction to Zazen and the Center

Second and fourth Thursdays
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Baika

Mondays
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Dharma Study

Fourth Sunday
Sangha meeting (following dharma talk)
Click here for more information about Cedar Rapids Zen Center.
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