EKAN ZEN STUDY CENTER

Embodying compassion and wisdom
in the midst of a modern life


Conferring the Precepts - Jukai
Jul
16
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. In this ceremony, 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 during the Sunday morning program.

One-day sitting at Empty Hand Zen Center
Jul
15
6:30 am06:30

One-day sitting at Empty Hand Zen Center

Find the steady foundation of your practice by participating in a one-day sitting at Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle, New York. The doors open at 6:30 am. The sit begins at 6:50 am and continues, including breakfast, until 5:00 pm. Please call (914) 636-1450 or write emptyhandzen@yahoo.com to register, and bring a bag lunch.

3-day Sesshin at Empty Hand Zen Center
Jun
2
Jun 4

3-day Sesshin at Empty Hand Zen Center

Settle into the steady foundation of practice together with the sangha at Empty Hand Zen Center. This three-day sit provides daily opportunities for one-on-one practice encounters with Konin, as well as chanting and work practice. To register, or for more details, email emptyhandzen@yahoo.com or call (914) 636-1450 by May 29th.

Visit to Aloka Vihara
May
10
May 20

Visit to Aloka Vihara

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will be in California for several days, visiting with her Dharma Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Aloka Vihara. Visitors are welcome for the public programs at the Vihara, particularly the evening of May 10th, when the Sisters will perform the ceremony celebrating the full moon of Vesak, a traditional Buddhist holiday.

See the calendar here: http://saranaloka.org/events/calendar/

 

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!

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

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!
 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dec
16
Dec 18

Three-day Sesshin at Empty Hand Zen Center

Find the steady foundation of your practice, participating in a three-day sesshin at Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle, New York. See www/emptyhandzen.org for more details. Please call (914) 636-1450 or write emptyhandzen@yahoo.com to register by Friday, December 9, 2016.  

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!

 

Oct
29
9:30 am09:30

Walk to Feed the Hungry in New York City

Konin will be walking for the fifth year in a row to support the efforts of Buddhist Global Relief, a non-profit that addresses the issues of hunger in the US and around the world by providing food, farming assistance, and education.

The walk begins at 9:30 am at the 79th Street entrance to Riverside Park

Sep
23
6:30 pm18:30

Ceremony for Lost Children

This ceremony calls upon the compassion of Jizo Bodhisattva, a protector of children in the Japanese Buddhist tradition. Participants will have the opportunity to commemorate the names and images of lost children, through chanting, and offering words of wisdom and love. At the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, California. Please bring a photo or piece of clothing for the altar. Offered by donation.