Dear Friends,

This Saturday we have a 20th anniversary event for Aikido of Ramapo Valley and there will be no Zazen in the morning. Sunday schedule will be as usual. 

Love to all,

Junryu

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will have a short morning session from 8:30 to 10:00. On Monday, the dojo will be closed for the Memorial Day. 

Reminder: Sunday, June 11 - One-Day Zazenkai with Dharma encounter and Ango closing. Please confirm your participation!

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Since most of you are not available to attend, we will be closed for Mother’s Day this Sunday.

If you have not yet confirmed your participation in our Zazenkai on the following Sunday (5/21), please do so by the end of this week.

Registration is still open for the Zazenkai I am leading at Shobo-ji in NYC this Saturday. Let me know if you are interested in joining us.

Happy Mother’s Day and love to all,
Junryu

Effective immediately, the Monday Zazen schedule is changed to 7:20-7:50 p.m. Please make a note of that and make an effort to attend.

Dear Friends,

Last Sunday, we concluded a four day Sesshin at the Grail Center in Cornwall, NY. It was truly a remarkable experience that deepened the practice for each of us, strengthened the Sangha bond, and left us all feeling encouraged and spiritually nurtured. I am grateful for the sincere dedication and openness of our Sangha members who participated, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this loving and supportive community.

As I often mention, Sesshins are integrated into Zen training and they bring out aspects of practice that are not available to us in everyday engagements. With every Sesshin that goes by, it becomes more clear to me why regular participation is so vital and so skillful for training. It is impossible to describe but available to experience. Practitioners who do not embrace this aspect of the training will likely reach an impasse in their practice and will find it very difficult to penetrate the heart of Zen.

Next month we have two events on the calendar:

  • May 7th - Mondo from 10:00 until 11:00. We will begin at 8:30 as usual.
  • May 21st - Originally this was scheduled as a half-day sit, but since we had to cut our last Zazenkai short I would like to hold a full day, from 8:30 until 4:00. Please let me know if you are available to attend.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Our spring Ango begun yesterday with great determination and clear intentions. We are all now moving on to the meticulous work of personally maintaining this level of determination with every step, and through every interaction. This means to peel our eyes wide open and to meet the freshness of life with a supple and curious mind, and to choose to yield to rather than to resist. If you are experiencing difficulties in upholding your Ango commitments do not hesitate to reach out to me and/or to the Sangha for support and encouragement.

>> LISTEN: Ango Opening teisho

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, we will enter the spring Ango training period. During this Ango, we will individually and collectively focus on specific ways to skillfully tighten up the connection between the Dharma and everyday life, so we can blur the imagined line dividing the holy and the mundane. I am asking and encouraging everyone to listen attentively to today's Teisho, and to print and fill out the below Ango entry form with sincere and clear intention. Remember to bring the form with you on Sunday for the entry ceremony. If you are not able to attend the ceremony, please email your form so it can be read on your behalf during the event.

During this period, we have a monthly intensive event (zazenkai or sesshin). As your teacher, I have a responsibility to express to each of you that these events are of great importance on the path of Zen, especially when it comes to Sesshins. If you have not participated in a Sesshin during the past six months, please make arrangements to register for our spring Sesshin at the Grail Center from April 20-23.

On April 15th, we will hold a Tokudo (novice priesthood) ceremony for Mitsugen and Taishin. Your support as a Sangha member and as a friend is deeply appreciated.

Love,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Our next Zazenkai will be on Sunday, March 26, 2017. I need to teach an Aikido class in the afternoon, so it will be a half-day event, from 8:30 until 12:30. This will also be the beginning of our spring Ango and we will hold an entry ceremony during this event. Ango forms will be emailed in the next two weeks. Please make arrangements to participate.

I am happy to announce that on Saturday, April 15, we will hold a Novice Priesthood ceremony for Mitsugen (Ricardo) and Taishin (Akesha). This is a very significant step on the spiritual journey of a practitioner, but it is also an important event for the entire Sangha and it boosts our collective efforts to be a force of goodness in the world. The ceremony is scheduled for 3:00 pm, and it will last about 90 minutes. This is a Sangha event/celebration, so please plan to be there.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Our next Zazenkai is scheduled for Sunday, February 26. This will be an all-day event, from 8:30 until 4:00, and it will include lunch in a traditional format. The fee for the day is $25. Please register as soon as possible via email.

As most of you are well aware of, these events are an integrated and essential part of Zen training, and everyone is encouraged to participate. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know so we can work together to clarify and resolve any obstacles. 

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

We are scheduled to hold a one-day Zazenkai next Sunday, but due to an Aikido seminar later that day I need to change it to a half-day event. It will be from 8:30 until 12:00. Please let me know if you are planning to attend.

The deposit for our spring Sesshin is now due! If you have already registered and paid, thank you! If you have not done so yet please get back to me as soon as possible and  register for this event.Note that capacity at the Grail Center is limited. 

Love to all,
Junryu