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Zen Teacher to Give Talk Sept. 24

Steve Matuszak, priest and instructor at Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, will speak on “Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Practicing Right Speech During the Election Season” at our usual meeting place, the Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, Downsville, 1:15 to 3:30, Saturday, September 24.. Steve will lead a meditation period followed by the talk and ending with a social time with snacks. The event is free. All are welcome. Contact Warren Lang, warrenlang@charter.net, 715.235.5686 for further information.

Summer Schedule

Red Cedar Buddha Sangha – Summer 2016 Schedule

Sangha meets 5:45 – 8:00. All meeting begin with sitting and walking meditation.

During the months of July- August, Sangha will be discussing the Glassman/Fields’ book, “Instructions to the Cook,” focusing on a different section each week. We will conclude our discussion with a return to the original “Instructions to the Cook” by Dogen.

Please feel welcome to attend even if you don’t have a chance to do the reading.

July 24 – “The First Course:” Recipes for Spirit.”

July 31 – “The Second Course: Recipes for Learning”

Aug. 7 – “The Third Course: Recipes for Livelihood”

Aug. 14 – “The Fourth Course: Recipes for Social Change”

Aug. 21 – “The Fifth Course: Recipes for Community”

Aug. 28 – Dogen’s “Tenzo Kyokun” (Instructions to the Cook; see below for links to two translations)

http://wwzc.org/dharma-text/tenzo-kyokun-instructions-tenzo

https://web.stanford.edu/group/scbs/sztp3/translations/eihei_shingi/translations/tenzo_kyokun/translation.html

Summer Study: Dogen & Glassman

Beginning this Sunday, July 17, Red Cedar Buddha Sangha will be studying two very inspiring and, we hope, helpful writings. The first is Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun, Instructions to the Cook. Dogen is a great 13th c. Zen master. His not very long essay uses cooking as a metaphor for how we should live our lives. On the 17th, Warren will give a brief overview of the essay. We’ve included two links to translations of the Tenzo Kyokun.

On following weeks we will read and discuss Zen teacher Bernard Glassman and Rick Field’s “Instruction’s to the Cook,” a contemporary interpretation of Dogen’s essay based on the way Glassman used the ingredients in his life, to cook (create) a life of engaged work with the poor.

The book by Glassman and Fields is available used and new from Amazon and, no doubt, elsewhere. You can find a number of used copies for a penny plus postage ($3.99) on Amazon. It may be available through library systems as well. Intra-sangha loans can also be worked out.

We’ll probably plan a cooking session as a sangha event. What’s in your refrigerator right now?

What’s in your life right now?

As always, we will practice sitting and walking meditation and have a social break followed by the study of Dogen and Glassman.

Links to translations of Dogen’s Tenzo Kyokun (Instructions to The Cook):

http://wwzc.org/dharma-text/tenzo-kyokun-instructions-tenzo

https://web.stanford.edu/group/scbs/sztp3/translations/eihei_shingi/translations/tenzo_kyokun/translation.html

Information About Half Day of Mindfulness, July 10, 2016

Basics About The Half Day of Mindfulness , The Art of Suffering, July 10, 2016

Please read beforehand.

Beginning: We will gather at Simply Dunn, Downsville Wisconsin, 3:00-3:30 to give ourselves time to settle in, slow down, and relax. You can either place your cushion for meditation on the floor or choose one of the chairs. You are welcome to explore the lovely gardens and paths before we begin.

Sitting Meditation Tips: Sitting on the floor – It’s best to sit relaxed, keeping the spine straight. If you plan to sit on the floor you need meditation cushions. There are several ways to sit, but it is important that your knees touch the floor (actually the top of the cushion) and you should feel comfortable and at ease. And it is fine to move to a chair during the day.

Sitting in a chair your back should be straight and your feet should firmly touch the floor. Sitting in a chair is often a very good choice simply because you will be comfortable and your mind will not be distracted by pain (ouch). If you are sitting on a chair and have back problems, you might want to bring a pillow for your back. If you think that your feet might not reach the floor, you might also enjoy a pillow under your feet so you can sit with feet firmly placed.

Here is a link to several sitting postures.
http://dharmafield.org/meditation/online-meditation-instruction/

Noble Silence: A Day of Mindfulness is a wonderful opportunity to leave behind our usual distracted minds and to maintain noble silence and mindfulness throughout the day. During break times, we will maintain noble silence as well. Please refrain from reading or looking at devices. When distracted, come back to the present moment. Enjoy your undistracted, calm, settled mind.

Potluck Dinner: Please bring a simple vegetarian dish to share. Refrigeration space is limited, so you should bring perishables in a cooler. We will have hot water and a choice of tea. Simply Dunn provides dishes and cutlery.

Mindful Eating: We will practice eating meditation during dinner and eat mindfully in silence. When you eat, be mindful of the sight, taste, smell, sound, texture of your food. Savor each bite before taking the next one. Just as in your sitting meditation, when your mind wanders from your eating, gently bring it back.

Directions to The Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn in Downsville.

Location – Downsville, WI

Questions? Contact Marion at marionlang@charter.net or 715-235-5686.

With Palms Together,
Red Cedar Buddha Sangha

Registration Form for Half Day of Mindfulness July 10, 2016

The Art of Suffering
A Half Day of Mindfulness
Led by Dharma Teacher Trish Thompson

Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM gather, 3:30 PM start, 7:30 PM end
Location: The Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, Downsville, Wisconsin
Sponsored by: Red Cedar Buddha Sangha, Downsville, Wisconsin

Registration Deadline: July 6, 2016

Registration Fee: $15

Name(s): _________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________

Email_________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________

Registration
Please make check for $15 payable to Simply Dunn.
Mail registration form to Marion Lang, 314 11th St. E., Menomonie, WI 54751. We can’t promise a refund after Wed. July 6.

Location
Simply Dunn is located 6 miles south of Menomonie on HWY 25. There are clear directions on Google Maps and at the Simply Dunn Web site. http://simply-dunn.com/?page_id=69

Registration Form for 2016 Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor

Loving and Skillful Means: Living the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts
A Day of Mindfulness
Led by Dharma teacher Jack Lawlor

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 8:45 AM gather, 9:00 AM start, 4:00 PM end
Location: The Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, Downsville, Wisconsin
Sponsored by: Red Cedar Buddha Sangha, Downsville, Wisconsin

Registration Deadline: Feb. 1, 2016

Registration Fee: $25

Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________ Email _________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________

Taking the vow of the Five Mindfulness Trainings
If you are interested in taking the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Jack has asked that you contact Marion Lang marionlang@charter.net in advance of the Day of Mindfulness.

Registration
Please make check for $25 payable to Simply Dunn.
Mail registration form to Chick Lindsay, N2527 570th St., Menomonie, WI 54751. We can’t promise a refund after Wed. Feb 3rd.

Location
Simply Dunn is located 6 miles south of Menomonie on HWY 25. There are clear directions on Google Maps and at the Simply Dunn Web site. http://simply-dunn.com/?page_id=69

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Lawlor Feb. 6, 2016

Loving and Skillful Means: Living the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts

A Day of Mindfulness
Led by Jack Lawlor
Dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 8:45 AM gather, 9:00 AM start, 4:00 PM end
Location: Simply Dunn, Downsville, Wisconsin (6 miles south of Menomonie)
Sponsored by: Red Cedar Buddha Sangha, Downsville, Wisconsin

This mostly silent day of mindfulness will cultivate awareness and compassion and include walking and sitting meditation, a dharma talk, small group discussion and a mindful meal. Jack Lawlor, leading the Day of Mindfulness, was ordained by Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn as a Dharma Teacher in 1992 at Plum Village monastery in France. Jack has been practicing consistently in organized Zen meditation groups since 1975, and leads Evanston, Illinois based Lakeside Buddha Sangha and regional retreats for communities of mindfulness in the upper Midwest.

Meditation instruction will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to take the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

Jack says, “The Day of Mindfulness offers something to  those who are new to meditation and to those who have enjoyed it for some time.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s basic, poetic and memorable instructions to newcomers will be explored in an initial  orientation to the Day of Mindfulness which also describes healthy meditation postures and the lovely, nourishing practice known as walking meditation.

The orientation will then explore the relationship between mindfulness, concentration and insight meditation valued by many long-time meditation practitioners.

The theme of the main Dharma Talk will be the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts, one of the skillful means which exist in the Buddhist tradition for manifesting our capacity in a way that embraces both wisdom and compassion, not only for our benefit but for the benefit of others.”

Please bring a bag lunch, meditation cushions or bench. Chairs are available and we will offer tea and light snacks. Space is limited. Registration fee is $25. Scholarships available. Please register by Mon. February 1.

If you have questions, please contact Warren Lang, Red Cedar Buddha Sangha at 715 235 5686 or email warrenlang@charter.net.

See other post for registration form.  Find the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts on the Resources page under Texts.

Talk by Visiting Teacher Steve Hagen

“Buddhism is Not What You Think” is the subject of a talk by Steve Hagen, October 3, 1:30 – 3:30 at The Schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, Downsville, Wisconsin. Hagen is the founder and Head Teacher at Dharma Field Zen Center, Minneapolis. He has been a student of Buddhist thought and practice since 1967. In 1975 he began practicing with Dainin Katagiri Roshi in Minneapolis and was ordained by him in 1979. He has studied with teachers in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and received Dharma transmission (endorsement to teach) from Katagiri Roshi in 1989. Hagen is the author of several books including “Meditation Now or Never”, “Buddhism is Not What You Think”, and “Buddhism Plain and Simple” and is currently working on another book.

Sponsored by Red Cedar Buddha Sangha, Hagen’s talk is open to all and is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. A light reception will follow the talk.

For more information contact Warren Lang, warrenlang@charter.net, 715-235-5686

Day of Mindfulness With Jack Lawlor

The Buddha, Mindfulness and Love in our Lives
A Day of Mindfulness
Led by Jack Lawlor
Dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM gather, 8:30 AM start, 3:30 PM end
Location: Simply Dunn, Downsville, Wisconsin (6 miles south of Menomonie)
Sponsored by: Red Cedar Buddha Sangha, Downsville Wisconsin

This mostly silent day of mindfulness will cultivate awareness and compassion and include walking and sitting meditation, a dharma talk, small group discussion and a mindful meal. Jack Lawlor , leading the Day of Mindfulness, was ordained by Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn as a Dharma Teacher in 1992 at the Plum Village monastery in France. Jack has been practicing consistently in organized Zen meditation groups since 1975, and leads Evanston, Illinois based Lakeside Buddha Sangha and regional retreats for communities of mindfulness in the upper Midwest.

Meditation instruction will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to take the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

Please bring a bag lunch, meditation cushions or bench. Chairs are available. Space is limited. Registration fee is $25. Scholarships available. Please register by Mon., February 16.

For registration form and questions, please contact Red Cedar Buddha Sangha at 715 235 5686 or email warrenlang@charter.net.

The Heart Sutra – Thich Nhat Hanh Translation

The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore

Avalokiteshvara
while practicing deeply with
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore,
suddenly discovered that
all of the five Skandhas are equally empty,
and with this realisation
he overcame all Ill-being.

“Listen Sariputra,
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
The same is true of Feelings,
Perceptions, Mental Formations,
and Consciousness.

“Listen Sariputra,
all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness;
their true nature is the nature of
no Birth no Death,
no Being no Non-being,
no Defilement no Purity,
no Increasing no Decreasing.

“That is why in Emptiness,
Body, Feelings, Perceptions,
Mental Formations and Consciousness
are not separate self entities.

The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena
which are the six Sense Organs,
the six Sense Objects,
and the six Consciousnesses
are also not separate self entities.

The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising
and their Extinction
are also not separate self entities.
Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being,
the End of Ill-being, the Path,
insight and attainment,
are also not separate self entities.

Whoever can see this
no longer needs anything to attain.

Bodhisattvas who practice
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
see no more obstacles in their mind,
and because there
are no more obstacles in their mind,
they can overcome all fear,
destroy all wrong perceptions
and realize Perfect Nirvana.

“All Buddhas in the past, present and future
by practicing
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
are all capable of attaining
Authentic and Perfect Enlightenment.

“Therefore Sariputra,
it should be known that
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
is a Great Mantra,
the most illuminating mantra,
the highest mantra,
a mantra beyond compare,
the True Wisdom that has the power
to put an end to all kinds of suffering.
Therefore let us proclaim
a mantra to praise
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore.

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!”