EKAN ZEN STUDY CENTER

Inspiring the Discovery of a Wiser World

Visit to Aloka Vihara
Oct
1
to Dec 31

Visit to Aloka Vihara

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will be in California for several months, visiting with her Dharma Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Aloka Vihara. Visitors are welcome for the public programs at the Vihara, particularly on Sunday, October 22nd, the day of Aloka Vihara's first Kathina. A kathina is a traditional Buddhist gathering for giving donations of cloth and other supports to the sangha, and enjoying a meal together.

Learn more and check out the calendar here: http://saranaloka.org/events/calendar/

 

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Dharma talk at Aloka Vihara
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Dharma talk at Aloka Vihara

Join the sangha of Aloka Vihara, a Theravada monastery, and hear Ekan ZSC Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas give a Dharma talk entitled, "The Tea Lady at Thanksgiving." The program begins with sitting at 7:00 pm, then a short break followed by the talk at 8:00 and Q&A to end the evening. All are welcome!

For directions to Aloka Vihara, which is about 25 minutes east of Placerville, California, visit their website at:

www.alokavihara.org

 

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Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to Karuna Buddhist Vihara

Ekan ZSC Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will pay a visit to her Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a women's monastery in Mountain View, California. The monastery will be celebrating its annual almsgiving (kathina), and everyone is welcome to attend the luncheon, as well as the blessing ceremony and Dhamma sharing that follows. See their website for more information:

karunabv.org

 

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Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to Dhammadharini for Almsgiving

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will pay a visit to her Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Dhammadharini, a women's monastery in Penngrove, California. The monastery will be celebrating its annual almsgiving (kathina), and everyone is welcome to attend the luncheon and the blessing ceremony and Dhamma sharing that follows. See their website for more information:

http://www.dhammadharini.net/

 

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Visit to All Beings Sangha & talk on Sept. 7
Sep
6
to Sep 9

Visit to All Beings Sangha & talk on Sept. 7

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will pay a visit to a Soto Zen sangha in Washington DC, All Beings Sangha, near the zoo. She will offer a Dharma talk on Thursday night as part of the regular weekly program that begins at 7:00 pm.

Learn more at their website: All Beings Sangha

Stop by if you are in the area! 

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Conferring the Precepts - Jukai
Aug
26
10:30 AM10:30

Conferring the Precepts - Jukai

In a ceremony known as "jukai," Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will confer the 16 bodhisattva precepts to one of her students, Deborah Silver. The student vows to take up an awakening life for self and others. It's a joyful moment for teacher and students alike, and family and friends too! The ceremony will take place at Empty Hand Zen Center on Saturday morning, August 26th. We'll begin at 9:00 am with to periods of zazen and then begin the ritual at 10:30 am. Light refreshments will be served afterward, as we celebrate a new commitment to the bodhisattva path!

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The Triple Gem Express for Climate Action
Apr
29
6:00 AM06:00

The Triple Gem Express for Climate Action

Join Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas, Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi and other Buddhist Teachers on the Triple Gem Express bus from New York City to Washington DC for the Climate March on Washington. This is the first Rolling Retreat, and it includes meditation, talks and wholesoe action to address climate change.

Konin has been invited to give a Dharma talk during the trip, and she plans to speak about engaging in a direct, skillful response to social conditions while maintaining equanimity and compassionate regard for everyone.

Learn more and obtain tickets at the Buddhist Global Relief Triple Gem Express page!

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Two-day Sesshin at Buddhist Insights: The One Who is Not Busy
Apr
21
to Apr 23

Two-day Sesshin at Buddhist Insights: The One Who is Not Busy

This two-day retreat, led by Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas, will be an exploration of the Zen teaching of "The One Who is Not Busy." It is a study of the inner and outer experience of stillness and activity. These aspects are all interwoven, inseparable, inescapable. Yet it is rare to take the time to deeply investigate this reality in our lives, to allow it to seep into our conscious experience. This sesshin, a two-day period of sitting and walking meditation, punctuated by chanting and meals, is an opportunity to study the one who is not busy, to experience this one.

Please join us and give yourself and the world the gift of turning the light inward to illuminate the true self. Only you can give yourself this gift. Only you can offer the benefits it brings to all beings.

For more details and to register, visit www.buddhistinsights.com  

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Flower Festival ~ Buddha's Birthday
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Flower Festival ~ Buddha's Birthday

The celebration of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha is called Hana Matsuri in Japanese, the Flower Festival. It's a time of year to decorate the zendo, so we can joyously receive our original Teacher, one who had complete confidence in each of us as a flowering of the Dharma.

Let's gather together and enjoy the Triple Treasure ~ Buddha, Dharma and Sangha!
 

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Feb
15
8:30 PM20:30

Buddha's Mahaparinirvana

Commemorate the Buddha's passing into Final Nirvana on this, one of the three most important days in the Zen Buddhist calendar. We will chant and hear a reading from the Buddha's last words in which he tells us who our teacher will be after his death. At Empty Hand Zen Center, 45 Lawton Street, New Rochelle, NY

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Feb
14
8:30 PM20:30

Class: Dogen on Personal Transformation

Is personal transformation possible? If so, how is it accomplished? And how would you recognize it?

Studying excerpts from key Soto Zen texts, this class will explore the transformation teachings of the founder of Eihei Dogen Zenji. Check out a detailed class description on the home page of Ekan Zen Study Center. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

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Feb
7
8:30 PM20:30

Class: Dogen on Personal Transformation

Is personal transformation possible? If so, how is it accomplished? And how would you recognize it?

Studying excerpts from key Soto Zen texts, this class will explore the transformation teachings of the founder of Eihei Dogen Zenji. Check out a detailed class description on the home page of Ekan Zen Study Center. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

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Jan
31
8:30 PM20:30

Class: Dogen on Personal Transformation

Is personal transformation possible? If so, how is it accomplished? And how would you recognize it?

Studying excerpts from key Soto Zen texts, this class will explore the transformation teachings of the founder of Eihei Dogen Zenji. Check out a detailed class description on the home page of Ekan Zen Study Center. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

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Jan
24
8:30 PM20:30

Class: Dogen on Personal Transformation

Is personal transformation possible? If so, how is it accomplished? And how would you recognize it?

Studying excerpts from key Soto Zen texts, this class will explore the transformation teachings of the founder of Eihei Dogen Zenji. Check out a detailed class description on the home page of Ekan Zen Study Center. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

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Jan
17
8:30 PM20:30

Class: Dogen on Personal Transformation

Is personal transformation possible? If so, how is it accomplished? And how would you recognize it?

Studying excerpts from key Soto Zen texts, this class will explore the transformation teachings of the founder of Eihei Dogen Zenji. Check out a detailed class description on the home page of Ekan Zen Study Center. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

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Jan
10
8:30 PM20:30

Class: Dogen on Personal Transformation

Is personal transformation possible? If so, how is it accomplished? And how would you recognize it?

Studying excerpts from key Soto Zen texts, this class will explore the transformation teachings of the founder of Eihei Dogen Zenji. Check out a detailed class description on the home page of Ekan Zen Study Center. Times listed are Eastern time zone.

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Jan
7
2:30 PM14:30

Awakening to the Zen of This Very Life: a Workshop

One of the fundamental teachings of Zen is that awakening can only be found right in the midst of one's everyday life. Yet one might wonder whether that teaching is still true in the midst of a modern life that seems pushed and pulled by so many pressures, so many activites. This workshop will explore the Zen teachings on how to discover that the absolute and the relative co-exist peacefully right here, in this body and mind. The key is inquiry, which we will begin during our time together. The day will include a discussion of excerpts from Eihei Dogen Zenji's "Instructions to the Head Cook" and a koan from Sekkei Harada Roshi's "Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem." No previous Zen practice is necessary in order to benefit from this workshop.

The workshop will take place at the American Buddhist Study Center, 331 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10025. Call them at (212) 864-7424 to register.

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Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sitting for Rohatsu

Because the Buddha sat in such an unwavering way in the week leading up to his enlightenment, we too will sit, abiding in awakened nature.

December 8th is the day on which Soto Zen traditionally celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment. In Japanese it is referred to as "Rohatsu," which means the eight day of the 12th lunar month.

Join Konin for a period of informal sitting at Empty Hand Zen Center, 45 Lawton Street, New Rochelle, NY. Everyone is welcome!

 

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