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Practicing with the Heart Sutra

6 Tuesdays, July 1—August 5 2014
taught by Glenn Noblin

The Heart Sutra is perhaps the most beloved sutra in Mahayana Buddhism and is chanted frequently in many temples. A very short sutra, it radiates with the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.

Though its language may seem incomprehensible, the Heart Sutra is actually an invitation to awaken to the vibrant reality in which we live and move and have our being. As we practice with the Heart Sutra—study it, ponder it, discuss it, chant it, meditate with it and live with it—we become more and more receptive to its invitation to wake up. This 6-week class will offer an opportunity to become more intimate with the Heart Sutra through this practice.

Class times: 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm Cost: $60 for members, $70 for others

To register: call the AZC office 512-452-5777, use sign-up sheet in the AZC foyer, or sign-up here.

As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please call our administrator, Susan Hansen, at 512-452-5777.


Developing Trust in Your Life

6 Thursdays, July 3—August 7, 2014
taught by Tanto, Graham Ross

How is it that we are born and that we die? How is it that our experiences from the past arise in the future? How is it that our habitual life is strengthened and how is it diminished? The Buddhist teaching on cause and effect can bring light into our daily activities so that we may loosen our body of suffering and receive the joy of the moment. In this lecture series we will explore the many and varied understandings of these key concepts in Buddhism. We will study the early Buddhist teaching on Patticcasamuppada (Dependent Orgination), Great Ancestor Vasubandu’s teaching on Karma-siddhi-prakarana (A Discussion for the Demonstration of Action) and Great Ancestor Eihei Dogen’s teaching on Sanji-no-go (Karma of the Three Times) as well as Shinjin-inga (Deep Faith in Cause and Effect). This will be a fantastic exploration of critical Buddhist material that will delight, amaze, confuse and enlighten. Cloud Mountain Graham Ross, having practiced at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for nearly a decade, brings his warmth and experience into the teachings and is particularly interested in how this material relates to our day to day lives. Good for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.

Class times: 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm Cost: $60 for members, $70 for others

To register: call the AZC office 512-452-5777, use sign-up sheet in the AZC foyer, or sign-up here.

As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please call our administrator, Susan Hansen, at 512-452-5777.


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Brad Warner, September 9, 2014,
Dogen: Don't Be a Jerk

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JustThis

New Beginnings

Elizabeth Law

Our online magazine, JustThis, is now an active, alive blog rather than a magazine which comes out in issues. We post pieces as they come in to encourage conversation and interaction between the readers and the writers.

We use the Tuesday night Zen Writing group as the source of many of the postings. As well, we welcome other submissions for consideration.

Visit the JustThis writers and artists in their endeavors.

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