All-Sangha Work Day
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
8:00 am Informal Zazen (classroom)
8:00 am Beginner’s Instruction (zendo)
9:15 am Zazen & Service
10:00 am Work Meeting
1:00 pm Pizza!!
Please join us for another All-Sangha Work Day! Following the Saturday morning sitting we will spend a few hours sprucing up the interior of the Temple as well as the grounds for the upcoming Mountain Seat Ceremony. This is an excellent way to get to know members of the Sangha and practice together outside the zendo. Please wear closed-toed work shoes or boots. If you have work gloves and/or hand/garden tools, please feel free to bring them as our supply is limited. All are welcome! As always, your help is greatly appreciated. Sign up in the AZC foyer or else contact Susan Hansen at email@example.com, or call 512-452-5777.
Mountain Seat Ceremony Update: Sewing the Robe
A big part of the upcoming Mountain Seat ceremony involves our newly installed Abbot, Kosho McCall, receiving the Okesa as part of stepping into this role. This special Okesa is traditionally sewn by the members of the sangha. There is only one more opportunity for those who would like to put stitches in to this ceremonial robe: Monday, March 30th, from 7-8pm at AZC. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Austin Zen Center CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on April 11th, 2015
There will be no Beginner’s Instruction or Public Program on April 11th as we will be CLOSED for the Mountain Seat Ceremony. If you are not already on the Guest List but would like to join us for the various events on this special day, please contact Mako at [email@example.com]. Space is very limited, so please do not come without RSVP’ing.
Shin San Shiki
Austin Zen Center Mountain Seat Ceremony
By invitation of the Austin Zen Center Board of Directors, Head Teacher Kosho McCall will “ascend the Mountain Seat” and be installed as the first Abbot of our temple in an upcoming ceremony. A Mountain Seat Ceremony (Shin San Shiki) is an undertaking of notable scale which marks an important point in the history of the Austin Zen Center. It is fair to say that only half of the Mountain Seat Ceremony is about the investiture of an Abbot; the other half is an expression of how our sangha has and will continue to connect with the larger Buddhist community. This connection is forged by conviction and commitment. The love, respect, gratitude, and responsibility that we feel toward our collective practice each day shines most brightly with our sincere commitment toward maintaining the tradition of this ceremony.
Looking to Volunteer?
There are still a few wonderful opportunities to help with this great event. We are currently looking for the following volunteers:
» General floaters throughout the day of the ceremony for any chunk of time between 8AM and 6PM
» A videographer (ideally 2) to record the ceremony
» People to help with set-up and clean-up
Please contact Barbara Noblin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you might help to support this historic and auspicious event.
Austin Zen Center Mountain Seat Ceremony T-shirt
The Austin Zen Center is designing a T-shirt to commemorate the auspicious occasion of its first Mountain Seat Ceremony, in which Kosho McCall will ascend the seat to become AZC’s first Abbot. If you would like a shirt or two, let us know by signing up in the AZC foyer or filling out the form on our web-site so we get a sense of how many/what sizes to order. The design features calligraphy by Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi.
Sundays in the Garden
Join us from 10 - 12 each Sunday for some good outdoor garden work: pruning, digging, planting, mulching, raking, path maintenance, and general clean-up!
Practice in Daily Life Retreat: led by Kosho McCall
The Zen practice of Merging Difference & Sameness
Monday through Friday, March 23—27, 2015
Cost: $70 for members, $80 for others
Participants agree to come to:
Monday-Friday Mornings: 6 or 6:45am zazen.
Monday—Friday Evenings: 7- 8:30 pm brief Dharma talk & discussion, ending with zazen.
Sandokai, the poem chanted every day in Zen monasteries describes the radical and surprising importance of our often mistaken perceptions of Difference and Sameness in our daily journey of spiritual transformation.
This retreat will focus on the perils and pitfalls inherent in these two powerful forces as well as their glory and wonder.
This retreat is especially for those who want to better incorporate their Zen practice into their daily life and work. Read More and Sign Up online ...
AZC Zen Writing
Every Tuesday 7 – 8:30 pm.
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted). Our meeting involves a short meditation, thirty minutes of writing in response to a prompt, and sharing writing (for those who want to share). For a little over an hour each Tuesday evening, members of this group focus on the process of connecting with their present experience and putting pen to paper to see what unfolds. Rather than being another thing to “get right,” writing becomes a dynamic practice and an expression of our alive experience in the moment. Read more...
Prison BuddhaPals program
This program is in need of volunteers who would write about the Dharma to incarcerated individuals . To learn about this program , check the Outreach section of the AZC website. We have a long wait list of prisoners who are interested in the Buddhadharma.>
AZC Book Group
Every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm. | led by Dharma Teacher Glenn Noblin
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted) All are invited to the Wednesday night book group. We are reading A Heart Full of Peace by Joseph Goldstein. This week we will be reading from "Working with Emotions", page 86, to the end of the book, A Heart Full of Peace, by Joseph Goldstein. . We meet in the classroom (upstairs and to the right) from 7:00–8:15 pm. We meditate for fifteen minutes, then read a selection from the chapter and discuss it, and conclude with another fifteen minute meditation. On Wednesday, April 1 we will start with a new book, The Authentic Life, Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear, by Ezra Bayda. Read more...