The one teisho on the precepts to be given by Roshi this fall will be on the morning of Jukai – this Saturday, November 29. The teisho on the day of Jukai is generally an overview of the sixteen precepts, but usually by then Roshi would have given several other, less general, teishos on the precepts earlier in the fall. Those didn’t happen this year.
So the teisho this Saturday will be about the ceremony of receiving the precepts, but will focus on cardinal precept number four: “I resolve not to lie but to speak the truth.”
For newer members and others who would like to hear an overview of the precepts from a previous year, click on these links:
November 30, 2013: An overview of the 16 precepts.
November 22, 2009: The Three Treasures.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Zen Center
So far, the only people signed up to come to the Center for dinner this Thursday are residents of the Center. Please, if you’d like to join them – and they definitely welcome people they don’t live with, work with, and sit with day in and day out – do come. You’ll get a warm welcome. Just bring a vegetarian dish to pass, and don’t worry about the quality; that’s where Wegmans comes in!
Thanksgiving and Jukai Schedule
December Sesshin Applications
If you applied to the December sesshin, but didn’t receive an acceptance e-mail (it was sent November 22), please let John Pulleyn know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’ve moved everything to a new web server, and there seem to have been a few days when applications may have vanished into the ether!
Ceremony of Aid on Thursday Evening
Once again, the first event of the Thanksgiving season is our annual fast day and ceremony of aid on Thursday, November 20, in support of Oxfam’s efforts to relieve world hunger (website: Oxfam America). Here at the Center, staff will be fasting as a way to connect more directly with those who don’t have enough to eat. If you’d like to do the same, that’s wonderful. In any case, please join us for the ceremony where there’s an opportunity to donate monetarily.
Ceremony of Gratitude this Sunday, November 23
Sunday’s Ceremony of Gratitude will begin with sitting at 8:30 a.m., followed by the ceremony proper at about 9:30. Everyone, even those who can’t attend, is invited to write out a statement of gratitude, and we’ll be selecting some of those to read in the zendo. There are pads of paper in the Link, or you can e-mail your statement to John Pulleyn (email@example.com).
We alternate over the years between holding this ceremony on Thanksgiving Day and having it, as we are this year, on the Sunday beforehand. If the duties of major meal preparation have kept you from coming in the past, this may be your window of opportunity! The Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart, once said, “If the only prayer you ever said was ‘Thank you,’ that would be sufficient.” With this ceremony, we have the chance to do this as a Sangha.
A Note from Roshi
“I find myself edging toward 21st-century technology, and want to get an iPod Touch just for the alarm, the calendar, and voice memos. But I’m told that since this device is already a bit outdated, there could be someone in the Sangha who has already retired his or hers, and so would have no use for it. If you have one just sitting in a drawer, I would gladly take it off your hands!”
The dokusan scheduled for this Saturday morning, November 22, will be at 8:30 rather than the usual 10:00.
December Sesshin Deadline
Tomorrow (Thursday, November 20) is the application deadline for the 4-day December sesshin that starts on Tuesday, December 9, and ends Saturday, December 13. As always, late applications will be considered, but timely applications are appreciated.
Room Left for Members – Workshop This Saturday, November 1
This Saturday’s workshop, coming only five weeks after the last one, will be fairly small. When there’s room, Center members are always welcome to attend at no charge. So if you’d like a “refresher,” let us know, and you can be confident you won’t get bumped at the last moment. If you’d like to attend, contact the Center’s receptionist, Alex Comardo: (585)-473-9180, ext. 10, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Back This Weekend
Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am on Sunday morning, November 2. Set your clock back that night, or you may arrive for sitting and teisho an hour early!
Flu Shots at the Center
Just a reminder of the flu clinic this Sunday, November 2, after Roshi’s teisho. Present your insurance card and one of your arms, and a nurse will take care of you.
Thousand Acre Swamp Hike
The Sangha Engagement Committee would like to invite you for a hike onSunday, November 2,in Penfield. Take advantage of the extra hour, the last of the falling leaves, and pleasant company as we walk off some of that Halloween candy through the1000 Acre Swamp(insert spooky howl). The hike will take approximately 1.5 hours and cover 3-4 miles. We will meet at the gravel parking lot at3 pm. For those who would like to carpool from the Zen Center, we will be leaving there at2:40 pm. Children and dogs are all more than welcome. If you have any questions, feel free to call Dan Esler at (585)-520-9797.
Here’s How You Get There:
Dokusan: “He giveth and he taketh away”
Talk on Sunday
This Sunday, October 26, while Roshi is participating in the Trustees’ meeting, Andy McClain will give a Coming-to-the-Path talk. We’ll follow the usual schedule with sitting and chanting beforehand, and then Andy will tell us how he got here.
All-day Sitting Sunday
There’s also an all-day sitting scheduled for this Sunday, October 26. Besides the usual sitting that runs from 8:30 to around 10:30, there are three other blocks of formal sitting. It’s all right to come just to part of the day, but we do ask that sitters commit to stay for all of the two or three rounds of sitting in any block. Here’s the full schedule for the day:
6:15 am Zazen
7:30 Breakfast (Center will provide)
8:30 Zazen and Coming-to-the Path Talk
10:30 Brunch in the dining room
12:50 pm Lunch break (bring your own)
Investiture Ceremony for Jeanette Prince-Cherry
This coming Tuesday, October 28, Jeanette will take part in an investiture ceremony that will confirm her as a lay member of the Three Jewels Order. Roshi founded the Order in 2000 as a vehicle for lay members as well as priests to formalize their commitment to the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) and to serve the community. Jeanette has completed a novitiate period and will now become a full member.
The ceremony, which lasts about half an hour, will be held in the zendo, around 6:45 am, after the morning sitting and in lieu of the usual chanting service. If you come to the ceremony, you’re invited to stay and join us for a celebratory breakfast at 7:30.
Flu Shots at the Center
Flu season is upon us! Getting a flu shot protects your health and the health of everyone around you. We’ll have a flu clinic here on Sunday, November 2, after sitting and teisho. If you’d like to do your part for herd immunity, please join us then. A nurse will show up at our door around 10:45 am and begin inoculating the willing. Assuming your insurance covers this, bring your card and there’s no charge. Otherwise, it’s $40.
Roshi in Madison
Roshi will leave for Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, October 16, leading sesshin at the Madison Zen Center over the weekend, and he’ll be back to give dokusan Monday evening, October 20. This Sunday, October 19, we’ll have sitting and chanting.
The opening ceremony for the three-week fall TI is this Thursday, October 16, around 8 PM in the zendo, after an hour of sitting. If you’re interested, check out the TI webpage and fill out a form. And if you have questions, give John Pulleyn a call or e-mail him at email@example.com. These intensives are held twice a year, and we usually have 40 or 50 members taking part. It’s a great opportunity to strengthen your practice and your connection with others making the same effort.
This Saturday, October 18, we’re planning our last cleanup of the year on our adopted section of I-490. We’ll meet at the Center at 10:15 and will be back for PIZZA at 12:30. Come lend a hand!
Even if you’ve set up an Amazon Smile account so that Amazon will donate 0.5% of any purchases to the Center, it can be hard to remember to log on to smile.amazon.com. If you use the Chrome browser, there an extension you can install that will log you in automatically. If you’d like to do that, here’s a link. (To install the extension, click on the bar in the upper right-hand corner of the page that reads “FREE.”)
By this evening, Thursday, October 2, we’ll have hung up nearly every picture and scroll we have of the founder of Zen and installed his figure on the altar. Sitting begins at 7:00, followed by the memorial ceremony.
Sittings during Sesshin
The 7-day October sesshin begins this Saturday evening, October 4. Sitting is informal both this Friday evening and Saturday morning, but during sesshin we’ll have the usual schedule of sittings at Arnold Park.
The opening ceremony for the three-week fall TI is Thursday, October 16, around 8 PM in the zendo, after an hour of sitting. If you’re interested, check out the TI webpage and fill out a form. And if you have questions, give John a call or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bodhidharma’s Death Day
On Thursday, October 2, Roshi won’t give dokusan, and instead we’ll have two rounds of sitting followed by the annual ceremony that commemorates the death of Bodhidharma, who came from India to China and founded the Zen school of Buddhism. The “Western barbarian” shows up on the zendo altar just once a year, so come check him out!
Seeing Through Racism
The next committee meeting is scheduled for this Sunday, September 28, after teisho.
New Pictures on the Website
We have a new photo gallery program that can actually handle captions, and new pictures from this year’s Work Retreat and Buddha’s Birthday were just uploaded. Here’s a link, or just go to our home page, www.rzc.org, and click the link there.