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Special Dedication for Bodhidharma Day Ceremony

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Special Dedication for Bodhidharma Day Ceremony

Today we honor the founder of Zen: Bodhidharma!

In gratitude we offer candles, incense, flowers and tea.

Bodhidharma carried the true spirit of Buddha’s teaching

to the East, crossing the vast sea to China.

Out of great compassion he taught by silently sitting for nine years.

Bodhidharma, your efforts have illumined a thousand autumns,

and sustained your followers in all lands!

You who have handed down the Light of Dharma,

We shall repay your benevolence!

Ten Directions, Three Worlds, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas,

Maha Prajna Paramita!

Zen Practice in the Eye of the Storm: Four-part series downtown at Jubilee

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Zen Practice in the Eye of the Storm: Four-part series downtown at Jubilee

Windhorse Zen Community invites you to join us at Jubilee! in downtown Asheville this Thursday evening, October 12, from 6:30-8:00, for the first of four evening gatherings this fall. Each event will include meditation and an open, interactive forum with Windhorse teachers, Lawson and Sunya.

Together we’ll be exploring what people really care about in these tumultuous times: individual, collective and inter-generational concerns about what’s really going on and what each of us can do to stay focused on what matters most now, as we open and respond to the challenges before us. All are welcome to attend any or all of these events — contributions will be gratefully received.

For more information: windhorse@windhorsezen.org

Autumn at Windhorse

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Autumn at Windhorse
*Tuesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 24 -- Zazen with dokusan, 7-9 pm *Thursdays, Oct. 5 (Full Moon) and Oct. 26: Two rounds of zazen w/dokusan, followed by “Tea & Candle Conversation” -- an informal, open forum for exploring issues related to Zen practice in everyday life. *Sunday Morning Programs, Oct. 8 (Bodhidharma Day), Oct. 15 & 29. 9:30-11:30, followed by potluck *Thursday, Oct. 12: Windhorse at Jubilee downtown: Zen Practice in the Eye of the Storm; 6:30-8:00pm *Oct. 16-21: Zentensive -- No Tuesday or Thursday sittings on Oct. 17& 19. Due to cancellations, spaces are still available for this unique retreat event. [Sunday, Oct. 22: No Sunday program on the day following the Zentensive] Oct. 16-23: Sunya-roshi in Rochester, NY Oct. 24-29: Lawson-roshi in Montreal at annual psychotherapy conference November *Thursday, Nov. 2, 7-9 pm: Zazen with dokusan, then Tea & Candle Conversation at Panther Branch *Thursdays at Jubilee: Nov. 9, 16, 30: Zen Practice in the Eye of the Storm 6:30-8:00 pm *Sunday Morning Programs, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26: 9:30-11:30, followed by sangha potluck *Sunday, Nov. 19: Ceremony of Gratitude -- all welcome! *Thanksgiving Day: Festive Sangha Potluck--a vegetarian feast for sangha, family and friends December *Dec. 2-9: Buddha’s Enlightenment Sesshin (‘Rohatsu’) [Dec. 10: No Sunday Program] *Sunday, Dec. 17: Last Read more [...]

Bodhidharma Day – Sunday, Oct. 8

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Bodhidharma Day – Sunday, Oct. 8

In many Zen places in this country and other lands, early October is the time to focus on Bodhidharma, the great Dharma Ancestor known as the founder of our Zen school. According to tradition, this is the time of the 5th or 6th century master’s death– an event considered to be highly significant in Asia (far more so than birthdays).

So please join us this Sunday, Oct. 8, for our 9:30-11:30 program, when we too will zero in on this colorful and mysterious Brahmin prince-turned-Zen patriarch by highlighting some of the stories and teachings connected with him.  As usual, we’ll gather afterward for a vegetarian potluck: food offerings appreciated, of course, but never mandatory.

Tipping Point

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Tipping Point
At Windhorse we’re busily preparing for the upcoming sesshin that starts this Saturday, right after tomorrow’s Autumnal Equinox (4:02pm in these parts). Roshi Philip Kapleau used to like to remind us, especially during sesshin, of the four ‘power points’ of the day—dawn and dusk, noon and midnight--potent times when energy tends to be strongest and most available for zazen. The yearly cycle also has its four power points, the solstices and equinoxes, which can be seen as corresponding to these times of day. The summer and winter solstices, then, are the noon and midnight of the year, when either Day or Night is at its peak. These are times of intensified stillness, when the sun ‘stops’ (the meaning of ‘solstice’), and holds steady over many days, rising and setting around the same time and in the same arc. Equinoxes, of course, are momentary balancing points when day and night equalize, and then immediately the balance tips. This Fall Equinox is the ‘dusk’ of the year, when the northern hemisphere cools and darkens, and an almost palpable sense of quickening change is in the air. It’s a great time to begin anew--and a perfect time for moving into our own depths in the sustained and intensified zazen of sesshin, to discover within our own hearts what Camus has called “an invincible summer.” Read more [...]

New Talk by Sunya-roshi: “In the Eye of the Storm”

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

On Sunday September 10th, Sunya-roshi gave a talk on how Zen practice informs the ways we navigate the storms of our lives individually and collectively.

Find it on our Dharma Talks page or listen to it directly here.

Lawson-roshi Radio Interview this Monday!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

This coming Monday morning, January 23rd, at 11:00 Lawson-roshi will be a guest on Dr. Bob Hanna’s AshevilleFM’s Living Well radio program. The conversation will no doubt touch into aspects of compassion, intimacy, loneliness, grief, rage and guilt; the imperative of relationship; the dynamics of self-transformation; and the power of the sacred. In other words, it will be about our lives and the world, about Psychodynamic Zen, and about a range of other issues that can be found in AwakeningZen.org.

Living Well is hosted by Dr. Bob Hanna, a therapist with a heart-centered, mindfulness approach to helping adults, couples, and families in the Asheville area. An archive of Living Well podcasts, including Dr. Bob’s earlier interview with Sunya-roshi, can be found at his website: bobhannaphd.com. You can tune into Living Well at 103.3FM, or find it on-line at ashevillefm.org.

Living Dharma in Challenging Times

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Living Dharma in Challenging Times
Dear Sangha and Friends, As this tumultuous year of 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to reach out to you, and not only to ask for financial support. We’re also feeling the need to share with you our deep concern and hopes as we find ourselves at what appears to be a decisive tipping point in human history. It’s strikingly obvious: we live in a time of increasing polarization, fanned by the rhetoric of anxiety and alienation. We seem to keep repeating deeply destructive patterns that have led now to global suffering on a scale almost impossible to grasp. Somehow we must find our way back to the essential unity and wholeness at the heart of it all. It’s time for real change, and there’s no time to lose. As Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem from the same level of consciousness at which it was created.” We completely agree. And we also believe that Windhorse can help bring about the shift in consciousness so needed now by providing a place where people can come to understand, train, and transform their lives in the context of the Buddha Way. Over the past year we’ve seen many fine changes at our center: the retreat lodge is now in regular use, sesshins are strong and on-going, and the new, accredited Zentensive trainings have also been very well received. Along with radio interviews and talks, we’ve been doing a series of weekly programs in Asheville, and are looking ahead to our Third Annual Contemplative Photography Workshop this spring, Read more [...]

Ceremony of Gratitude this Sunday

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Ceremony of Gratitude this Sunday
This Sunday, November 20, we’ll have our annual Ceremony of Gratitude at Windhorse and we’d love to share this special event with as many of you as possible. Especially now, in this time of widespread uncertainty and unrest, it is so important to come together as a sangha for zazen, ceremonies and celebrations like this one and the others following it next week: the Famine Relief Ceremony next Tuesday evening, and our festive community Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday.        Please join us for whatever you can, so that together we may touch into and bring forth the healing powers of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha for the sake of all!       With warm regards (it’s good to be back!),       Sunya and Lawson   Reminder: Children are welcome to attend this Sunday’s events – just let us know in advance if you plan to bring them, so that we can arrange a place for them in the retreat lodge during the initial period of zazen.  And please bring a brunch dish to share afterward if you can.   Read more [...]

Zentensive Workshop and Retreat October 2016

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

 

We are pleased to announce that our upcoming October 2016 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat has been pre-approved by The Washington School of Psychiatry for 30 CEs (including 2 for ethics) for a range of professionals, including physicians, psychologists, and social workers. This Zentensive, led by Roshi Lawson Sachter, will place a greater emphasis on the psychodynamic dimensions of Zen practice, and will offer a more open schedule than our traditional sesshin.

Zentensives are specifically geared toward those interested in developing a greater experiential understanding of the unconscious dynamics as they unfold during intensified periods of meditation; it is particularly designed for experienced practitioners and mental health providers who wish to expand their work on both personal and professional levels. With a more open structure, and its focus on the unconscious as an often-unrecognized yet central element of deepening meditation, the Zentensive offers a unique context for clarifying and deepening one’s inner work.

For more detailed information, or to register click here.

Buddha’s Birthday: May 29th!

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Buddha’s Birthday: May 29th!
WINDHORSE CELEBRATION & OPEN HOUSE: COME ONE, COME ALL! Members and Friends of Windhorse of All Ages -- and your Friends and Family, too (children most welcome!): Please join us on Sunday, May 29, 1:00-5:00pm and beyond, for a FESTIVE DAY & OPEN HOUSE, celebrating the Buddha’s Birthday and our newly certified residential building! Although the Dedication and Grand Opening of that space will take place at a later time, we can finally report—with great relief, joy and gratitude to so many—that we have just secured the long-sought certificate of occupancy for this building.  Although much remains to be done to finish, furnish and landscape the beautiful space, the LIGHTS are on at last, and we can use the building for sesshin and for this Spring Gathering on the Sunday before Memorial Day! ____________________ SO -- We plan to start at 1:00 on the afternoon of May 29, with the story of Buddha’s Birth and the traditional pouring of tea over the Baby Buddha, followed by bubble-blowing, games, face painting and badminton, etc, etc.  We’ll eat around 4:00, so please bring vegetarian food to share. Also bring, if you can, dishes and eating utensils for your personal use, to help us cut down on paper and plastic waste. You may also wish to have some ground cover for sitting outdoors, as well as a Flower Offering for the Baby Buddha altar. Those who wish to stay on into the firefly-lit evening are very welcome to do so. AND – on Saturday, May 28, Read more [...]

Bringing Zen to Life

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Sangha Blog | 0 comments

Bringing Zen to Life
A Six-Part Series Beginning April 7 With Roshi Sunya Kjolhede and Roshi Lawson Sachter Thursday Nights at 6:30pm at Jubilee!, Downtown Asheville    Our lives are faint tracings on the surface of mystery.                                             -- Annie Dillard          Over the past 50 years the term Zen has been increasingly used and misused in the West. It has been culturally co-opted to sell everything from perfume to software, and has become narrowly linked in many people’s minds with stress reduction or a stripped-down kind of mindfulness. No wonder so few people have any sense of what Zen really is.          Zen, in fact, is a profound and ancient tradition firmly rooted in the Awakening of the Buddha himself, and pointing directly to the universal truth at the heart of every great religion. The spirit of Zen has been kept alive through the centuries by those who directly experienced this truth for themselves -- those who, through their vibrant teaching and example, ensured its transmission from one generation to the next.          Historically, authentic Zen has had little to do with the passive forms of sitting and observing so prevalent today. Living Zen offers a dynamic and penetrating practice -- a simple, time-proven way to help us dive beneath the churning waves of thought, to personally experience the beauty, dignity and wholeness of our own fundamental nature. Thus Read more [...]

New Year’s Eve at Windhorse

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 8 comments

New Year’s Eve at Windhorse
New Year’s Eve! The ‘Great Turning,’ when we stop at the threshold to look back on the old year—a tapestry woven of all that has happened, all we’ve said and done, individually and collectively. We then turn around to face the New, with its mystery and potential. What an ingenious human invention, this annual crossroads! Read more [...]

December 2015 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 6 comments

December 2015 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to announce that our upcoming December 2015 Zentensive Workshop and Retreat has been pre-approved by The Washington School of Psychiatry for 30 CEs (including 2 for ethics) for a range of professionals, including physicians, psychologists, and social workers. This Zentensive, led by Roshi Lawson Sachter, will place a greater emphasis on the psychodynamic dimensions of Zen practice, and will offer a more open schedule than our traditional sesshin.
Zentensives are specifically geared toward those interested in developing a greater experiential understanding of the unconscious dynamics as they unfold during intensified periods of meditation; it is particularly designed for mental health providers who wish to expand their work on both personal and professional levels. With a more open structure, and its focus on the Unconscious as an often-unrecognized yet central element of deepening meditation, the Zentensive offers a unique context for clarifying and deepening one’s inner work.
More Information  Register Online

New Teishos by Sunya Roshi

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

New Teishos by Sunya Roshi
"The Whole Hearted Life" and "Sound and Silence" offered by Sunya Roshi at Windhorse Zen Center, Sunday morning. Read more [...]

July 2015 visit to Poland: an account by Sunya-roshi

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

July 2015 visit to Poland: an account by Sunya-roshi
I returned late last Tuesday night from what was likely the most eventful and intense trip of all my twenty years traveling to that country, a month-long visit that marked the 40th anniversary of our sangha there... Read more [...]

Wesak 2015

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 15 comments

Wesak 2015
Wesak 2015 - Buddha's Birthday celebration at Windhorse... Read more [...]

Dharma Talks on Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 5 comments

Dharma Talks on Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen
Sunya Roshi crashes into Hakuin and picks up his Chant in Praise of Zazen. Read more [...]

Upcoming Spring Equinox Sesshin

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 1 comment

Upcoming Spring Equinox Sesshin
We’re gearing up for the 7-day March sesshin that begins on Saturday, March 21, the first day of Spring. Sesshin ends on Saturday afternoon, March 28th. Read more [...]

The Bright Side of Jet Lag

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Sangha Blog | 3 comments

The Bright Side of Jet Lag
Getting in from Europe late last Tuesday, on the Full Moon, then wide-awake at 3:30 a.m.: despite the sleepless trip, my body thinks it’s mid-morning... Read more [...]