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July 29, 2012: Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi Memorial Celebration was held at Jikoji Zen Center, on the tenth anniversary of his paranirvana. View a slide show of Everyday Dharma sangha members.

A Light In The Mind. In her second book, Carolyn looks directly at the startling and inspiring practice of living our lives just as they are. Developing an ongoing willingness to embrace self-acceptance allows us to discover a place of peace—a light in the mind.

Quiet Mind Open Heart. Carolyn's first book, Quiet Mind Open Heart - A Practice Period in Meditation, is available at the zendo, through local bookstores, and at Amazon.com. Based on lectures and meditation coaching sessions, Carolyn gives a series of steps toward letting go, calming the mind, and opening the heart.

 

Zendo cushions - zafusRegular Programs

We face such a big task, so naturally we sit down for awhile.
--Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi

Weekly Sitting Meditations. The core of our householder practice is our weekly Sunday morning meditation and dharma talk. Sitting meditation begins at 9:30 AM and lasts for 40 minutes; this is frequently a Guided Meditation. Carolyn Atkinson, our Head Teacher, gives a Dharma Talk on the first Sunday of each month. This is followed by a discussion of the dharma talk.

On the second and third Sundays of the month, sitting meditation is followed discussions, Way Seeking Mind talks, or other presentations. After the meditation on the fourth Sunday of the month, there is generally a private meeting for the Dedicated Practitioners. Please note that this schedule may vary.

Weekly meetings provide our sangha with opportunities for regular meditation practice, as well as talks and discussions which apply Buddhist principles to our everyday lives.

Please arrive at least five minutes prior to all sitting meditation sessions to allow seating.

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Daily sitting meditation. The zendo is open for meditation Monday through Saturday at 12:00 noon. Sitting meditation is 40 minutes long, with opening and closing bells. No Dharma Talk is given.

Daily meditation opportunities extend the everyday intent of our meditation practice. The meditations are led by volunteers (called doans) within the sangha, who are all experienced meditators and who have received training designed specifically for this task.

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Introduction to meditation. Basic instruction is offered on the first Sunday of the month at 8:45 AM. Experienced practitioners explain forms, suggest some comfortable ways to sit, and describe basic meditation methods.

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Metta - the practice of lovingkindness. We offer a guided meditation on the third Saturday each month starting at 12:00 noon for 40 minutes. The aim of this concentration practice is to foster mental habits of warmth and kindness towards ourselves and others.

Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings.

--the Buddha’s words on Lovingkindness (the Metta Sutra)

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