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Special Dedication for Bodhidharma Day Ceremony

Posted 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!

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

Posted 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

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Autumn at Windhorse

Posted 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 [...] Read More

Bodhidharma Day – Sunday, Oct. 8

Posted 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.

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Tipping Point

Posted 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 [...] Read More

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

Posted 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.

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