This program has moved online to Zoom!
Our monthly Zen Alive! Sunday program has moved to our Online Zendo along with daily practice online. See the Red Cedar homepage for connection info. Need the "door code" to access our Zoom Room? Just email email@example.com before 9 am on Sunday.
This Month's Dharma talk by Reverend Shudo Chris Burkhart, Priest and Tanto at the Red Cedar Zen Community. She will speak about the verses chanted before formal Zen meals. Please come to help us explore this theme through the practices of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talk, and warm and inclusive conversation.
We always ask questions. What is real and what is delusion? Living an examined life can be a pain in the neck. And then, there is the point where Zen practice, life in community, and our everyday lives meet. Life encountered directly! Before we have time to slap the good or bad label on it, we see it all: beautiful sunrises, bad service, political news, global warming, our fast-paced digital life, love, time with friends, sickness and aging and death ... all happening at the same time.
The world of dew
is the world of dew.
And yet, and yet—
—Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)
Issa said it so well in this haiku: The world of dew is the world of dew. And yet, and yet—
Let us explore the intersection of this life, this world and practice on the first Sunday of each month* (exception: December, see * below). Local and guest Zen Buddhist teachers will explore how the famous Zen texts we chant are meant as tools that support our practice in what some people call “real life.”
There is no unreal life - as long as you live it, it cannot be anything but real for you. And, as we said in the beginning: "Living an examined life in some ways is a pain in the neck." We may think everything should be different from how it is, and at other times we believe everything should stay forever exactly like this! And yet, and yet ... it changes. Always...
Please join us for this online event. If this is your first time with us we recommend that you contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 9 am on Sundayand request an orientation at 9:30 am. For questions please email Shudo Chris.
Please REGISTER to join our email list and let use know you'll be there. There is no charge for this event but donations are welcome and if you appreciate Red Cedar Zen we'd be delighted if you became a member.
* Note: There is no first Sunday program in December due ta Zen retreat. You are invited to sign up for the retreat or to listen to the retreat talks online.
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