Chanting of the Precepts will take place on April 26th, May 10th, and May 24th, 2017.
Fusatsu (J) literally “Chanting together”, a practice of aligning with and renewing the Bodhisattva Precepts for monastics and formal students is usually held on or near new and full moon days on a Wednesday and is practiced during the 6:00 am formal sitting in the Hatto. General students are welcome to attend.
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please pencil this date into your diary so that you will be able to attend some or all of this weekend of samu practice. Saigyo tando will be writing soon to students with more details about the activities taking place. To register please send an email to Saigyo tando at email@example.com or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at 613-562-1568.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, May 3rd which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 7th when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. For more information please see: http://www.wwzc.org/content/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa. For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: http://www.wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program
Cancelled General Sitting
The Monday, May 15th, 7:30 p.m. general sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.
Cancelled Associate Sitting
The Thursday, May 18th, 7:30 p.m. associate sitting is cancelled due to O-sesshin.
The Sogaku-ki O-sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12th, and will end on Friday, May 19th, at noon. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
For associate and general students: On Saturday, May 13th, there will be a sitting in the Zendo which will begin at 9:15 a.m. (First Bell) and will end at 11:30 a.m. Please remain on the first floor. Please note that the Monday evening general sitting is cancelled, as is the Thursday evening associate sitting. The 9:30 a.m. general sitting will take place on Saturday, May 21st.
A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to meet face to face with preliminary students or to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.
May 18th is the memorial for the death of Sogaku Myoshin Hakukaze daiosho, the 80th Lineage Ancestor and, it is said, author of Scattered Notes On The Daruma-kata. Sogaku Hakukaze daisho lived during the Tokugawa era. He received transmission from Manzan Dohaku daiosho and gave transmission to Anzan Daiko daiosho.
May 26th is a day traditionally dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. Fuo Myo-o (J) Acala Vidyaraja (S) A manifestation of “Mahavairocana” or all pervading Awareness as a wrathful guardian figure; a symbol of boundless energy, determination and compassion. Used as a symbol of the Teacher’s mind in this Lineage. Fudo stands glaring and snarling like a demon; it holds the sword of insight in one hand and the cord of the Precepts in the other; it has chained itself to a rock in the midst of the raging flames of the deepest hell to work for the liberation of all beings there.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, May 31st which will end on Sunday, June 4th, at 9:30 a.m., when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.