biG STEPS FORWARD!
we WILL BE OPENING PRACTICE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AT 7:30!
STARTING THIS NEXT SUNDAY MAY THE 15TH!
oUR SUNDAY MORNING PRACTICE WILL BE FROM 7:30 TO AROUND 9. THERE WILL BE CHANTING, SITTING AND WALKING FORMS OBSERVED. EARLY Sunday MORNINGS ARE TYPICALLY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT TO THE DHARMA ON A DAY THAT IS MORE EASILY DISSCONNECTED FROM THE USUAL GRIND.
we WILL BE KEEPING TUESDAY NIGHTS AS WELL AND WE HOPE THAT YOU JOIN US AT YOUR CONVIENIENCE AT EITHER TIME.
Can we find in our hearts the capacity, in a moment, to wake up? In a moment of listening, not judging what's being heard, not agreeing with what's being heard, not going along with what's being heard, but to find in the very listening itself, in the very effort to come together and find some truth outside of doctrine, outside of institution, outside of spiritual movement, outside of belief in someone else. To have absolute faith in one's own capacity just here, just now to awaken again and again.
--Zen Master Dae Gak, March 2008
Zen simply means meditation. It is the practice of inquiry, the act of studying the self, of looking into the matter of our lives, of investigating the fundamental questions that arise from our sentience: Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we suffer? What is our correct role in this world and our correct relationship with others? How can we truly help?
In keeping these questions alive and open without containing them in tidy answers, we awaken to seeing things as they truly are, which is to say as constant change and flux. And in this openness arises our original nature, which is compassionate, concerned with alleviating the suffering of all beings.
The Zen Fellowship of Dayton offers an open door to all who wish to investigate the path of zazen.