Nyoho-e Sewing Workshop

10/21/2011, 7:00pm - 10/23/2011, 12:00pm at Myoshinji

Rev. Zuiko Redding, resident teacher at Cedar Rapids Zen Center, will lead us in a weekend workshop on rakusu and okesa making. Rev. Zuiko received extensive training from both Tomoe Katagiri (Katagiri Roshi's wife) and Rev. Rido Murakami, the sewing teacher and tenzo at Zuioji in Japan. The style of sewing is called "nyoho-e” and came from Eko Hashimoto and Kodo Sawaki, who encouraged returning to the simple ways of ancient practice. In the late forties they invited a monk from Sri Lanka to come to Japan and show them Theravadan monastic practice.


Quarterly newsletter, May - July

Our May, 2011 newsletter is now available. This newsletter contains information about our annual memorial service for Maezumi Roshi (Sunday, May 22) as well as our upcoming Summer 2011 practice period and seven-day sesshin. Please register as soon as possible for whatever portion of practice period you plan to attend!

There are three downloads (all PDF):

Summer 2011 Intensive Practice Period and Lecture Series

6/20/2011, 6:00am - 7/14/2011, 9:00am at Myoshinji

Join us this summer for a rare opportunity to experience intensive Zen practice in a monastic setting. All practitioners—from experienced to new—are welcome to participate.

This is a good opportunity for experienced practitioners to engage in monastic practice under the guidance of a full-time resident teacher. At the same time, it's a chance for the less experienced, or even beginners, to experience ongoing daily Zen practice in a group setting.

Quarterly newsletter for February - April

Our February, 2011 newsletter is now available. It includes sangha news, information about upcoming events, and more.

Of special note is preliminary information about our 2011 summer intensive practice period, running from Monday, June 20, through Friday, July 22 and including a seven-day sesshin. This is a rare opportunity for residential practice. More information is forthcoming, but please save the dates now!

Thanksgiving schedule changes

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no zazen at Myoshinji this Tuesday or Wednesday (November 23 and 24). We hope to see you soon.

Quarterly newsletter for November - January

Our November, 2010 newsletter is now available. It includes sangha news, information about upcoming events, and more.

New date for November zazenkai

Please note that our upcoming November zazenkai has been moved from the weekend of November 12 to the next weekend, November 19.

Reflections on the Gate of Sweet Nectar

During our recent summer ango, we performed the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony. Called the Kan Ro Mon in Japanese, this service is an important annual event for us at GPZC. (Click here to read a wonderful talk by Eve Myonen Marko on the background of this service in the White Plum lineage.) Some of our members offer these reflections on this moving event...

Quarterly Newsletter for August - October

Our August, 2010 newsletter is now available.

Online class: The Noble Eightfold Path

9/4/2010, 9:00am - 12/11/2010, 5:00pm at coursewarp.com

This class explores the Eightfold Path, one of the most fundamental teachings of the Buddha and the fourth of the Four Noble Truths. The eightfold path describes the elements of ethical conduct (Sila): Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood; the elements of concentration (Samadhi): Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration; and the elements of wisdom (Prajna): Right Thought and Right Understanding. In this class, we look at these teachings from the Mahayana standpoint (including the Zen tradition) as well as the traditional formulations described in the Pali Canon.