We are pleased to announce a new Sunday morning weekly program at Myoshinji. The program will take place each Sunday starting at 9 AM with two periods of zazen, a talk or class, work practice and vegetarian lunch. The program is open to beginners and practitioners at all levels. Beginning instruction will be provided each week for newcomers. Dokusan (individual practice meetings with Myoyu Roshi) will be available most Sundays. Pre-registration for this program is not required, but first time participants may wish to call for directions, what to bring, etc.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Natalie Gummer and the students of her Interpreting Buddhist Literature class from Beloit College on Saturday, November 4 at Myoshinji. The class will have the opportunity to see how Buddhist scripture can be used as liturgy, as a guide to actualizing practice in everyday life and as a focus of practice itself. Dr. Gummer’s academic specialty is in the Mahayana Buddhist sutras.
On Saturday, October 28, 22 students and 2 faculty members from Beloit College attended a half-day workshop at Myoshinji including zazen, discussion and a modified oryoki lunch. The visit was organized by Bill Conover, Director of the Spiritual Life Program at Beloit. Many attendees were from Dr. Alfred “Roc” Ordman’s “Biochemical Issues: Nerve Signalling” class. Dr. Ordman uses His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s The Universe in a Single Atom as one of the texts and includes meditation as part of this upper level biochemistry course. The students enthusiastically participated in the workshop, asking insightful questions Myoyu Roshi was asked to provide guidance for an on-campus sitting group being established by Bill Conover.
[Please note, some calendar events have been updated since publication of the newsletter. For an up-to-date calendar, please go directly to our calendar page. --Gendo, 9-17-06]
The August—October 2006 installment of our newsletter is chock full of news, a printable calendar of events, and membership pledge and sesshin registrations forms. To download, just click here.
Please note that in an effort to conserve resources and save on production and postage costs, the Great Plains Zen Center Sangha Newsletter is moving to electronic delivery as the default mode. We recently sent an email to everyone in our database for whom we have an e-mail address and informed them that we are converting to electronic delivery (.pdf files). If you did not receive that e-mail, please send your current email address to:
Roshi will lead a workshop on Forgiveness from a Buddhist perspective at the Clouds in Water Zen Center, St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday, August 12, from 9:00–3:00. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a process of forgiveness based on the work of Robert Enright, Ph D., as experienced from a Buddhist perspective. Journaling, reflection and small group discussion will be used to help participants experience the forgiveness process. Please visit www.cloudsinwater.org for more information or to register. Please contact Great Plains Zen Center at gpzc@greatplainszen if you wo
Congratulations to John Gendo Wolff on becoming a Buddhist priest. The ceremony took place on July 15, 2006 during the Great Wave Zen Center sesshin in Ludington, Michigan. Members of the Great Wave presented Gendo with a beautiful series of banners of each of the 10 Ox-Herding Pictures painted by artist Rebecca Mott with assistance from Sangha members.
The banners now hang in the Sangha room at the Zendo.
Susan Myoyu Andersen, Roshi, spiritual director of GPZC, and several of her fellow teachers, recently received Inka Shomei ("Legitimate Seal of Clearly Furnished Proof"). Myoyu Roshi received Shiho from Maezumi Roshi in 1995, giving her permission to teach in our Soto lineage which comes through Hakujun Kuroda Roshi. This Inka ceremony grants final approval in our Rinzai lineage through Musa Koryu Roshi, another one of Maezumi Roshi's teachers.
The May newsletter is now available in PDF format. This issue contains information on retreats and workshops through July, as well as our Ango Commitment form. Ango literally means "peaceful dwelling," and this year will last from May 1 through August 6th. Ango is a time to deepen our commitment to practice--to attend retreats and other activities, offer dana, study the precepts, or simply to commit to a regular weekly schedule of zazen. To complete your form and to read about other Center activities, just click here.
If you are new to Zen or to the Great Plains Zen Center, please think about attending one of our Introduction to Zen Practice Workshops. Workshops run for three hours on a Saturday and are followed by an optional lunch. To find out more, go to our workshops page.