Mountain Seat Ceremony Update: Sewing the Robe
A big part of the upcoming Mountain Seat ceremony involves our newly installed Abbot, Kosho McCall, receiving the Okesa as part of stepping into this role. This special Okesa is traditionally sewn by the members of the sangha. There is only one more opportunity for those who would like to put stitches in to this ceremonial robe: Monday, March 30th, from 7-8pm at AZC. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Full Moon Ceremony
Wed, April 1, 6:45 - 7:15
No sign-up necessary.
The Full Moon Precepts Ceremony helps us reaffirm our vow to live for the benefit of all living beings. This vow is guided by our practice of the Bodhisattva Precepts. All are welcome.
All-Sangha Work Day
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
8:00 am Informal Zazen (classroom)
8:00 am Beginner’s Instruction (zendo)
9:15 am Zazen & Service
10:00 am Work Meeting
1:00 pm Pizza!!
Please join us for another All-Sangha Work Day! Following the Saturday morning sitting we will spend a few hours sprucing up the interior of the Temple as well as the grounds for the upcoming Mountain Seat Ceremony. This is an excellent way to get to know members of the Sangha and practice together outside the zendo. Please wear closed-toed work shoes or boots. If you have work gloves and/or hand/garden tools, please feel free to bring them as our supply is limited. All are welcome! As always, your help is greatly appreciated. Sign up in the AZC foyer or else contact Susan Hansen at email@example.com, or call 512-452-5777.
Sundays in the Garden
Join us from 10 - 12 each Sunday for some good outdoor garden work: pruning, digging, planting, mulching, raking, path maintenance, and general clean-up!
Dharma Talk with Rev. Shoryu Bradley
What is Enlightenment, and Can We Attain It?
April 15, 2015 @ 6:45 pm
No sign-up necessary.
Shoryu Bradley is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest ordained in 2002 at the Austin Zen Center by Seirin Barbara Kohn. In 2004 he began his studies at Sanshinji in Bloomington, Indiana with Shohaku Okumura Roshi, from whom he received Dharma Transmission in 2010. Shoryu’s training includes practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and with the Sotoshu, the HQ of Japanese Soto Zen. He holds a B.S. in psychology, an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and has studied Japanese psychology at the ToDo Institute of Vermont. In 2011 Shoryu founded Gyobutsuji, a small monastery in the Ozark Mountains of Northwestern Arkansas.
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...
Prison BuddhaPals program
This program is in need of volunteers who would write about the Dharma to incarcerated individuals . To learn about this program , check the Outreach section of the AZC website. We have a long wait list of prisoners who are interested in the Buddhadharma.
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. We are reading The Authentic Life, Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear, by Ezra Bayda. We meet in the classroom (upstairs and to the right) from 7:00–8:15 pm. This week we will be reading Chapter 1 "Skeletons at the Feast". We meditate for fifteen minutes, then read a selection and discuss it, and conclude with another fifteen minute meditation. Read more...