Study Group

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2019: Reading, Writing, and Study

The community book study series has started. Each month, we are

  • reading a chapter, then
  • reflecting in writing for a page or so on the connection between the reading, our lives and practice (using Google Docs), then
  • over a week, reading what other people have written and write a short reflection (into the same Google Doc), and finally
  • getting together in person (or via Google Hangout video) to reflect together and enjoy the Sangha Treasure.

Book:  “Making Zen Your Own,” Janet Jiryu Abels, Still Mind Zendo, NYC:  — Amazon or Wisdom Publisher:

Plan:    For each month:

  • By first Sunday: Read and reflect on assigned reading, write one or two paragraphs of reflections about the connection to your own life.
  • By second Sunday:  Read other participants’ reflections.  Maybe write short paragraph of reflections in response.
  • On third Sunday:  Come together in person or via video.

Timing for video meeting (esp. for February connection with NZ):

  • 4 PM East Coast Time (Sunday)
  • 1 PM West Coast Time (Sunday)
  • 9 AM New Zealand Time (Monday!)

Meeting Dates: Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, party in July,   

(at which point we’ll touch base about future dates)

We are using Google Drive, Docs, and Hangouts.  Links to the documents will be shared through our community email list.  If you have questions, email us!

How to Raise an Ox (2018, now complete)

The Zen Master Yuan-Chih of Chang-ching Hall in Fu country once addressed the monks in the Dharma hall:

“For thirty years I lived on Mount Wei and during that time I ate the monastery’s rice and gave it back in the latrine.  I did not learn the Zen of Master Wei-shan.  All I did was raise an ox.”

Zen Master Dogen,  From Shobogenzo Kajo

As a framework for our inquiry, Soshin Osho invites us to explore where in our lives today we may find ourselves in a situation like that depicted in each image.

Join us as we take up the study of The Ten Oxherding Pictures!  Dates are posted on the calendar page.  The two versions of the text we are using are listed below: