Dear Friends,

Some of our regular members are away or busy with summer family activities, and it is affecting the registration for Sunday’s Zazenkai. To open the event for more people we are changing the format to half-day, 8:30 - 12:30. There will be no lunch and the event’s fee is donation based. If you are available to attend please let me know!

The next full-day Zazenkai is scheduled for Sunday, 9/17. Make plans to attend and keep in mind that this event will include the Fall Ango entry ceremony, a three months intensive training period. The head trainee for this upcoming Ango will be Rev. Mitsugen. More details will follow at the beginning of September.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, 8/13, we will be holding a Zazenkai from 8:30 until 4:00. The day will include a formal lunch and the fee is $25. Please plan on arriving at least 15-20 minutes early so we can begin as scheduled. If you have not yet done so, confirm your attendance as soon as you can.

The deposit for our Fall Sesshin is due by 9/15. Please register and submit the deposit by this date.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Love to all,
Junryu

Dear Friends,

Our Annual Fall Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Monastery is from October 18 - 22, 2017. As some of you already know from previous experience, this is an incredible opportunity to experience Zen practice in a traditional setting with breath-taking surroundings.  The monastery is situated on a secluded mountain adjacent to the highest lake in the Catskill region in New York State, about 2.5 hours from Wyckoff, New Jersey.  This Sesshin will include Zazen, Dokusan, Teisho (Dharma talks), liturgy, traditional jihatsu-style meals, Yoga, and outdoor kinhin around the lake. For more information about the monastery visit their website: http://www.zenstudies.org/daibosatsuzendo.html.  

Make arrangements to take advantage of this opportunity to dive deeply into the practice and experience monastic life for a few days, away from the ongoing demands and challenges of everyday life. Sinking deeply into a Sesshin takes some time, and full participation is highly recommended! The power of silence and stillness is revealed gradually as the body settles down, and the incessant thinking process slows down. 

Registration is now open. Please look at the following options and confirm your participation promptly: 

1st option: 

From Wednesday, 10/18 until Sunday, 10/22. 

Arrival on Wednesday evening is between 5:00 - 6:00. Please note that a meal will not be served on that evening, so you will have to stop for dinner on the way up.  Departure on Sunday is at 2:00 pm. 

Total cost: $430  

2nd option:

From Thursday, 10/19 until Sunday, 10/22. 

Arrival on Thursday is between 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Departure on Sunday is at 2:00 pm. 

Total cost: $350

A deposit of $75 is due by August 15th (non-refundable). The remainder is due by September 20th. 

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Love to all, 

Junryu

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, 7/30,  we will have a shortened morning, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Zazen will be led by Rev. Mitsugen. Please show up and keep you practice alive!

Love to all,
Junryu 

Dear Friends,

• Our next Zazenkai is scheduled for Sunday, August 13th, from 8:30 - 4:00. Let me know if you are available to attend. Please note that this is the only Zazenkai we have on the schedule for the summer.

• The fall Ango opening was originally scheduled for September 24th, but due to a scheduling conflict we need to move it to September 17th. This will be a full-day Zazenkai, from 8:30 until 4:00. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.

Here is the events schedule for the rest of the year:

  • August 13: One-day Zazenkai
  • September 17: One-day Zazenkai / Ango opening
  • October 18-22: Fall Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Monastery
  • November 19: One-day Zazenkai
  • December 10: One-day Zazenkai / Ango closing / Shusso Hossen

Love to all,
Junryu

Sunday, August 13: Zazenkai
Sunday, September 24: Zazenkai / Fall Ango opening
Wed-Sun, October 18-22: Fall Sesshin at Dai Bosatsu Monastery / Jukai ceremony (arrangements for shorter participation may be possible)
Sunday, November 19: Zazenkai
Sunday, December 10: Zazenkai / Fall Ango closing / Shusso Hossen

There will be no evening zazen on Monday, July 10, 2017.

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, 7/2, there will be an abbreviated morning Zazen from 8:30 until 10:00. On Monday we will be open as usual and on Tuesday the dojo will be closed for the 4th of July. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend and please join us for Zazen if you are available.

Love to all,

Junryu

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