Living Out High Ancestor Dogen’s Practice Vow – A Dharma Talk by Rev. Choro Antonaccio

Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 - 11:30 am

  • Teacher  Rev. Choro Antonaccio
  • Date/Time  Saturday, January 15 at 10am
  • Location  AZC Online Zendo
  • Fee  By donation*

Choro Antonaccio began formal Zen practice at Chapel Hill Zen Center in 1999. She received lay precepts from her teacher, Rev. Josho Patricia Phelan, in 2001 and priest ordination in 2010. She was shuso in Chapel Hill in 2016. Rev. Choro has practiced at the three temples of San Francisco Zen Center including practice periods at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm. In Chapel Hill she served for multiple years in the positions of Tenzo, Work Leader, and Ino and also served as member at large and president of the board of directors. She decided to end her career in academia in 2018 and moved to Austin to practice with the sangha at AZC in 2020. 

At AZC we sometimes chant a text called EiheikosoHotsuganmon, or “High Ancestor Eihei’s Words for Arousing the Vow”. This highly inspirational page of text written by the founder of Japanese Soto Zen, Ancestor Dogen,  is a long exhortation to practice and promises that ‘Buddhas and Ancestors of old were as we; we in the future shall be Buddhas and Ancestors’. As we enter a new year, full of challenges and full of potential, we will consider the form of this text and how to understand its predictions for us and to entrust ourselves to it.

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Austin Zen Center invites you to the Saturday Morning Program in the Online Zendo

Time: Saturdays from 9-12 AM CST   (repeats weekly on Saturdays)


8:00 – 8:30 am      Informal Zazen 

8:30 – 8:40 am      Kinhin

8:40 – 9:05 am       Informal Zazen

9:05 – 9:15 am       Han for Zazen

9:15 – 9:50 am        Zazen

9:50 – 10:00 am      Hymn to the Perfection of Wisdom chant

10:00 – 11:30 am    Dharma Talk & Discussion (see before & after lecture chants)

11:30 am                Announcements/Breakout Rooms for informal conversation

Please read about AZC Online Zendo Etiquette HERE.