Happy Birthday Eihei Dogen
Monday January 26th
After Evening Zazen we will celebrate the Birthday of the Founder of Soto Zen in Japan, Eternal Peace Eihei Dogen.
There may be cake!
Saturday January 31st 6pm - 9 pm and Sunday February 1st 8am - 4pm
This 2-day ceremonial retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talk, reading of the Buddha’s Parinirvana story, community offering of incense and circumambulation, and a special multi-part Sōtō Zen Ceremony to commemorate the Buddha’s final departure from the realm of birth-and-death. To register: Sign up in the AZC foyer or else call the office at 512-452-5777
Hold the Date!!
The Annual Meeting for AZC will be
February 7, 2015
More information to follow.
Reasons I make an annual pledge to AZC
This is the time of year when members and prospective members are asked to make a pledge to help support Austin Zen Center. Over the next few weeks, look for brief comments from a variety of members about why they support AZC. And please, consider making a pledge online or by calling Susan Hansen, AZC Administrator, at (512) 452-5777.
In 2015 our budget is in a phase of transition as we begin to fund the salaries of priests Mako Voelkel and Graham Ross as part of our operating budget. In 2014 they were funded by a foundation grant. While this funding strategy is acceptable in the short term, paying for on-going basic costs from an uncertain revenue source such as a grant is not a wise course of action in the long run. In the last year, Graham and Mako have become our friends and an integral part of our community. They provide wonderful classes, dharma talks, and practice discussions in support of our individual practices and our community.
Two of the many reasons I pledge:
1. AZC is my spiritual community. By that I mean it is where I come with the hope and intention of becoming a more insightful and compassionate person. I benefit deeply by sharing with others with like aspirations. I know it costs money to pay for space and staff for this to happen.
2. The quality of the classes, retreats, and practice periods offered by Kosho, Mako, Graham, and other practice leaders is truly amazing. They enrich and stimulate my practice and offer opportunities to get to know others better. Talks by visiting teachers offer a chance to hear and dialogue with inspiring, nationally-known speakers.
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...
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, where we are starting to read "It's Easier Than You Think, The Buddhist Way To Happiness" by Sylvia Boorstein. This week we will be reading & discussing " Doubt" through "A Multiple Hindrance Attack: Grape Bubble Gum". 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. Read more...