Why I Pledge to Austin Zen Center
I guess it comes down to two main reasons:
Spiritual community | My practice would be impossible without the community AZC provides. Whether it’s sitting with others, classes, sesshins, or our beautiful Buddha alter - when I go to AZC I experience an aspiration to practice. In one sutra, the Buddha corrects Ananda for observing that “good friendship” is “half of the spiritual life.” “Not so, Ananda! This is the entire spiritual life. When a monk has a good friend, a good companion, a good comrade, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate the Eightfold Noble Path.” For me, this sutra is a reminder of the importance of a community of fellow practitioners. AZC provides that. As a former board member, I still recall the anxiety that came with approving a budget for the coming year. We anticipated that expenses - such as those for visiting teachers, building upkeep and maintenance, and salaries for our priests and staff, to name just a few - would need to be met largely through member pledges.
Availability of Dharma to the wider community | The second main reason I pledge is to help ensure that Zen instruction continues to be available to others who are interested in learning about it and implementing it in their daily lives. We are very fortunate to have Kosho, Graham and Mako as our teachers. When I pledge I know I’m also playing a small part in supporting our temple as a refuge for others in the wider Austin community.
– Jack Hohengarten
Fall Pledge Period. We invite pledging members to make their pledge for 2016 at this time. We invite all of you to become a pledging members and supporters of AZC's mission to cultivate the Buddha's wisdom and compassion. Pledge envelopes are available in the AZC lobby, or contact email@example.com, or visit us online at http://austinzencenter.org/membership/membership.html.
Full Moon Ceremony
Wed. November 25, 2015 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.
AZC will be Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
THursday November 26 and Friday Nov. 27, 2015
Wishing everyone a bountiful and peaceful Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Work Day and Fall Harvest Potluck
Saturday November 28th 9:30 - 2:00 at AZC
Please join us for a morning of work on the grounds and interior at AZC, followed by a delicious, nutritious, fall vegetarian POTLUCK!! This is a family-friendly event. Partners and kids are encouraged to come! Please sign up so we know how many to expect and to let us know whether you plan to bring an entree, vegetable, salad, bread, dessert or beverage.
9:30 Check in & roll up your sleeves
12:00 Put away tools & set-up the feast
12:30 Harvest Potluck
To register: call the AZC office 512-452-5777, use sign-up sheet in the AZC foyer.
Including Children at AZC
If you are a parent, grandparent or simply have an interest in including children more in the programming and activities at AZC, we would like your input. The Community Committee plans to consider ways to be more intentional about involving children and the first step is a meeting to brainstorm this topic.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend and let me know the best time(s) for you to attend…. Saturday after tea and cookies, a weekday evening or whatever. Then we will schedule a meeting.
Barbara Noblin, Chair of Community Committee
Rohatsu Sesshin 2015
Sat. Dec. 5 at 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun-Fri 6-11th - 8:00am – 9:00pm
Sat 12th - 8:00am – 12:00pm
The cost for participation in the whole retreat is $350 for members / $400 for non-members or $60/$75 per day, which includes oryoki lunch and supper in the zendo. The first and last day count as one full day. Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony will be on the last day.
Participants are encouraged to attend the full retreat schedule, but partial days are possible. Please be clear about what your intention and commitment is.
If you cannot participate in the sesshin, but wish to support those who are, please consider offering to cook or bring food for the participants. We will need 6 soups of between 2 ½-3 gallons. Contact email@example.com for more information.
To Register: You must complete an application and submit it to AZC by Nov. 30th. Applications are available in the foyer of AZC, or call Susan at 512-452-5777, or visit the AZC website: www.austinzencenter.org.
Applications and sign-up are in the foyer.
All are warmly invited to the
Saturday, December 12th 2015
Austin Zen Center
3014 Washington Square
Austin, TX 78705
News from our Abbot
Dear members and friends,
I have two bits of great news:
Our Graham Ross, who has been on short leave, will be returning to us by joining us for Rohatsu Sesshin.
Welcome back, Graham!
Also, Kodo Conlin, who has been at Tassajara for the last year, will be here over the holidays between Practice Periods, during which he will be ordained as a Zen priest on Wednesday, December 30th at 7:00pm.
Welcome home, Kodo!
I hope you can make it for this joyful event!
We are pleased to announce that AZC will be hosting visiting teacher Rev. Beth Kanji Goldring from December 16th-20th, and she will be giving the Dharma Talk on December 19th.
Beth began sitting Zen in 1995 and was ordained in 1995. She has studied Vipassana with Gil Fronsdal and Zen with Maurine Stewart, Susan Postal, and Ryushin Paul Haller. She has also studied tonglen with Alan Wallace, and Reiki with Glynn DeBrocky. A former university humanities teacher and human rights worker, Beth lives in Phnom Penh where she founded Brahmavihara Cambodia, formerly Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project, in 2000. Brahmavihara provides chaplaincy, social work, and material support to some 500 patients with AIDS, tuberculosis and cancer in various hospitals, hospices and prisons and in their homes Brahmavihara Cambodia has received a number of awards, including the IMC Karuna award in 2009. Further information is available at www.brahmavihara.cambodiaaidsproject.org
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - Thursday, December 31, 2015
AZC will be closed for the holidays beginning Wednesday, December 23, through Thursday, December 31, 2015. AZC will reopen to the public Friday, January 1, 2016. We hope you have a warm and safe holiday season.
Christmas Eve Zazen
December 24, 2014, 5-7 PM Zazen 7-9 PM Fellowship & Refreshments
A Non-Traditional Holiday Gathering Everyone is welcome to attend all or part of this event. Please bring something to share if at all possible.
Donations Requested for Disaster Relief!
Austin Disaster Relief Network, (www.adrntx.org/) is collecting donations for flood victims in Wimberley, San Marcos and surrounding areas. The ADR Network has stopped taking items because their warehouse is full and they have switched to accepting only money donations for rebuilding efforts. If you would like to contribute financially to Austin Disaster Relief efforts please visit their donation page.
Thank you so much for any help.
AZC Book Group
BOOK GROUP WILL BE ON BREAK UNTIL JANUARY 6, 2016 WHEN WE WILL START A NEW BOOK
Every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm. | led by Glenn Noblin
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted). We meet in the classroom (upstairs and to the right) from 7:00–8:30pm. The group will take a break for the holidays, not meeting again until January 6, 2016. At that time we will start reading "Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind" by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. We meditate for fifteen minutes, then read a selection and discuss it, and conclude with another fifteen minute meditation. 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.
Refugee Services of Texas
AZC and Appamada Sangha members have organized a group to volunteer with Refugee Services of Texas (RST), as a welcome team for arriving families and individuals. If you are interested in joining our effort, please sign up in the AZC foyer or contact Richard Whittington (email below) and we will help get you started.
Refugee Services of Texas is a social service agency dedicated to resettling and providing services to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, and/or political opinion. RST is affiliated with Church World Services and Episcopal Migration Ministries and works in partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to serve survivors of trafficking.
To work with RST clients, you must attend an RST orientation and complete a background check. RST regular orientations take place at 500 East St. Johns Ave., Suite 1.280, Austin, TX 78752 (512-472-94772). The next orientations are Tuesday, November 10th at 12pm and 6:30pm. Thereafter, orientations are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month at 12pm and 6:30pm. Feel free to contact RST (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Richard Whittington (email@example.com).
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...