August 10-17 - Great Sky Sesshin
Hokyoji Zen Practice Community in Eitzen, MN. Co-sponsored with Cedar Rapids Zen Center.
May 26 - Work Afternoon
Following regular Sunday morning practice, we'll head out into the grounds for an afternoon of cleanup, planting and general maintenance. Bring your lunch if you plan to stay for the day, and we'll eat together before beginning work. Work practice is an important way to help support the center and engage with other practitioners.
Introduction to Zazen
Sundays at 8:20 am (except during two-day sittings)
Learn the basics of sitting and walking meditation as they are done in the Sôtô Zen tradition. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions about practice and MZC.
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am
As we make our way through the book of the moment, participants take turns reading aloud and the group engages in discussion of the ideas and issues that arise. Attendees need not own or have read the book beforehand, and participate as their schedules permit.
Current book: Dream Conversations on Buddhism and Zen by Muso Kokushi
Dream Conversations is a collection of a renowned Japanese master's written replies to questions about the true nature of Zen. In short, simply worded teachings, Muso Kokushi (1275-1351), also known as Muso Soseki, exposes common misconceptions and offers insights designed to lead the reader into the depths of authentic Zen experience.
Up next: Shobogenzo Zuimonkiby Eihei Dogen
The Shobogenzo Zuimonki consists largely of brief talks, remarks, instructions and cautionary comments from Dogen.