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ASZC zendo July 2015
Zen Buddhist Meditation Center
Everyone welcome

 


INTRODUCTION to ZEN MEDITATION: Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:00 pm
SUNRISE MEDITATION: Every morning 6:00-7:30 am. Join us any time.
Details

 


Upcoming Events:

Zazenkai - Thirst: The Nature of Craving - A Zen Opera in Three Acts
Saturday, August 22nd 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Between periods of  Zazen and chanting the day will be divided into three "Acts".

Act 1 - What We Crave
In this section we will discuss what it is we crave when we crave. Beyond the obvious sex drugs and rock & roll, what is it we are actually craving? Is there something else? Something deeper? Or do we just dig the high

Act 2 - How We Crave
The phenomenon of craving - as experienced - is not reducible to standard, common, prosaic language. Ordinary rational language is not sufficient. Something is always lost, missed, or harmed is the telling. Thus in Act 2 we will attempt to understand the phenomenology - the experience as experienced - of craving by sharing its expression through non-prosaic forms. For this act we are calling on members of our Sangha to submitt for sharing in this session original expressions of their own experience of craving. These expressions may take the form of paintings, sculptures, poems, music, video, dance, craft, or whatever. The point is to express craving without reducing it to mere intellectual and rational argument. Submission of an original expression in NOT required. However, if you wish to be a contributor please contact us as soon as you are able.

Act 3- That We Crave In the third act of this retreat we wil consider what it is to be "that which craves", or perhaps, what it is to be the act of craving itself. Whereas in Act 1 we'll have considered what it is we actually crave, and in Act 2 what the embodied experience of craving is, in Act 3 we'll contemplate and discuss what being "that which craves means", how it relates to our lives, and our practice. I look forward to seeing everyone at this exciting and somewhat oddball retreat.

Please, let us know that you'll be attending and if you're willing to participate in what I truly believe will be a unique retreat.

Teachers:
Shinnyo Kevin Schumaker
Taiun Michael Elliston Roshi

Food: Please bring your own brown bag lunch

Fees are $30 ($25 for supporting members).


Please follow the link for more information and registration: ZAZENKAI THIRST




 Matsuoka Roshi Documentary
You Could Make It Happen! Click HERE to see how.
Our new IndieGoGo fund raising page
has launched for the documentary on Matsuoka Roshi.

Please spread the word far and wide!


Hi Everyone!

The Soto Zen Silent Thunder Order (STO) is announcing a IndieGoGo fund raising effort to produce a documentary on the life of our founder Soyu Matsuoka Roshi. The Documentary will be filmed this fall during our Pilgrimage to Japan.
The link is here: http://igg.me/at/matsuoka/x/10970619

Members and friends, please make a donation and Practice Leaders, please copy and paste the link to all posts and emails. Let's get this thing funded. Feel free to contact me or any ASZC or STO Board Member with any questions.
In Gassho,
Chase Breedlove 

 



We hope you will join us for zazen

Sunrise Meditation @ 6:00, 6:30 & 7:05 am (Every Day!)
Sunday Morning @ 9:00 Includes Dokusan with Abbot and Dharma Discussion

Mon, Tues, and Wed evenings at 7:30 pm:  Zazen, Dharma Study, and Discussion.

 



From the Mouth of Matsuoka Roshi



Matsuoka Roshi"Be careful of that one little thing that you allow yourself... that is what will get you."

This particular quote from Matsuoka Roshi, which I heard him say only once, came to mind when a student (who shall remain anonymous) sent an email (this term will soon date this writing) with the heading "Gloriously drunk," in which he made clear, directly and via typos, that he had been out drinking whiskey to the point that he had overdone it. He was clearly a happy drunk — a giddy tone and lack of anger came shining through. I thanked him and told him I was honored that he thought of me in his inebriated condition. I went on, as is my wont, to mention that Master Dogen said, "When we take the tonsure (shave the head) we are already intoxicated." And so that drugs and alcohol are what in Zen is called a "head upon a head" — substance intoxication on top of sensory intoxication. But the next morning I got the hangover memo. Like most things in life, we observe the Precepts in retrospect, when we have broken them. The hangover is merely the immediate consequence, Karmic though it may seem in its magnitude at the time.

I speak from experience here. My father was afraid to let himself drink, as he thought he would become an alcoholic, and as the leader of a jazz band playing night clubs, he saw a lot of the downside of inebriation. He told me that we are part Choctaw — somewhere there is a photo of a great-great-great matriarch of the family, and she is definitely Native American — and a couple of his father's generation had become serious alcoholics. I have learned to avoid the firewater myself, as I have learned from hard and embarrassing experience.

Read more: From the Mouth of Matsuoka Roshi



 

 

 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
 • Newcomers  — Instruction/Orientation/Workshop Wed 7:30 pm
 • Atlanta Region  — Dialog with interfaith groups, schools, public
 • Training Center  — Formal training of Priests and Disciples of STO
 

REGULAR PRACTICE PROGRAM
 • Buddha Practice  — Daily sitting meditation sessions (zazen)
 • Dharma Study  — Regular dialogs & discussion forums
 • Sangha Service  — Weekly sutra services & social events
 

CALENDAR RETREATS
 • Zazenkai  — Monthly Friday—Saturday retreat
 • Sesshin  — Annual; Precepts; Buddha’s Elightenment Day
 • Hossen  — 5th Sunday Dharma Combat (4/year)
 • Ango  — 30- & 90-day practice period (student residency)
 

SPECIAL EVENTS
 • 4th Friday Forum  — Sangha dinner & discussion; guest speakers
 • Guest Teachers  — Visiting Zen teachers, authors & educators
 • Holidays  — Buddhist Holidays; Founder’s Day; New Year
 • Practice Path  — Initiation (Jukai); Discipleship (Zaike Tokudo)



The Atlanta Soto Zen Center, founded in 1977, is one of the larger non-residential Zen centers in the country, offering a full schedule of morning and evening zazen, zen meditation and protocol instructions for beginners, monthly all-day sittings (zazenkai) and occasional week-long retreats (sesshin). Please come join us in our beautiful location on Zonolite Place and look for opportunities to begin or deepen your Zen practice.

We also have a network of affiliated centers and sitting groups throughout the country and Atlanta suburbs. For locations, please see the Silent Thunder Orderaffiliates page.

 


Information for Visitors:

 

Services at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center primarily involve silent zen meditation (zazen). We welcome experienced visitors to attend any of our services. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of the service and introduce yourself to the attendant. Our programs begin promptly at the time specified and we ask that visitors not interrupt services in progress.

We offer the following options for newcomers to zen at the center:

 

  • Newcomers zen meditation instruction each Wednesday at 7:30pm 
  • Occasional "Zen Buddhist Basics" classes.
Appropriate attire is modest comfortable clothing. We remove shoes inside the center. Please do not wear fragrances.

 

If you have a large group or would like special accommodations (either on-site at the ASZC or a presentation off-site), please contact us in advance (click here for email). 


Financial Information: 

Atlanta Soto Zen Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, funded solely through donations.

Please Click here to make an on-line donation through PayPal.

 

 


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 We are pleased to announce the publication of the first and second volumes of teaching archives of our lineage founder, Rev. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi (click here to purchase).

 

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Silence/Thunder calligraphy by Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi