Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Open Gate Zendo Spring Sesshin





It’s Spring again and time for the Open Gate Zendo 2014 Spring Sesshin. This year’s retreat will be held on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday 4th. Spring sesshin is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who may not attend regular group practice sessions to enliven and rejuvenate our personal practice. The intensive weekend provides a venue for refining techniques that may have lost clear definition over the course of time. Sesshin allows us to refocus and renew our commitment to a strong and regular personal practice, which is the very foundation of the Zen tradition.
 
The Sesshin begins officially on Saturday morning, however anyone attending is welcome to come Friday evening and spend the night in the zendo, otherwise non-resident attendees should try to arrive around 7:00 am on Saturday.

As usual, there will be an informal breakfast with social time Saturday morning, but otherwise we will be following our traditional sesshin schedule and etiquette. There is no fee for attending sesshin, but donations to help pay for food and heating costs are greatly appreciated. Mattresses will be provided for those who wish to remain in residence for the duration of the sesshin, but if you plan to stay you should bring your own additional bedding.

Please e-mail opengatezendo@msn.com to confirm your plans to attend, as we need an accurate head count for buying food stuffs.

2014 Spring Sesshin

Saturday Schedule

7:00-7:15 Arrive for Sesshin
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05-9:00 Informal Breakfast in Hojo
9:00-9:30 Break and kitchen cleanup
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
9:30-10:45 Dokusan (one on one meeting with the teacher) by rotation.
10:45-12:30 Samu (work period- clean up, yard work, meal preparation)
12:30- Call to Lunch (Han roll)
12:45-1:45 Lunch ceremony (Oryoki)
1:45-2:15 Break and kitchen cleanup
2:00- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
2:15-3:30 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
3:30-4:30 Angya practice. (monk procession walk)
4:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
4:45-5:15 One period Zazen
5:15-6:15 Dinner ceremony (Oryoki)
6:15-6:45 Break and kitchen cleanup
6:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
6:45-8:00 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
8:00 -8:50 Tea ceremony & Teisho (teaching)
8:50- Closing ceremony
9:00- Prepare for bed or leave for the night.
9:00 Konsho (striking the evening bell)

Sunday Schedule

7:00-7:15 Arrive for Sesshin
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05-9:00 Breakfast ceremony (Oryoki)
9:00-9:30 Break and kitchen cleanup
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
9:30-10:45 Dokusan (one on one meeting with the teacher) by rotation.
10:45-11:45 Samu (work period), meal preparation and/or exercise.
11:45- Call to Lunch (Han roll)
12:00-1:00 Lunch ceremony (Oryoki)
1:00-1:30 Break and kitchen cleanup
1:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
1:30-2:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
2:45-3:00 Short Break
3:00-3:55 Tea Ceremony, Teisho/Group Discussion
3:55 Closing ceremony
4:00 Konsho (striking the evening bell)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Open Gate Zendo Rohatsu/Winter Sesshin



Open Gate Zendo Rohatsu/Winter Sesshin

The 2014 Open GateWinter Sesshin starts at 7:30 Saturday January 18th and runs through Monday, January 20th. Our three day practice schedule will include the 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Silent Peace Walk around Olympia’s Capitol Lake (beginning at Marathon Park at noon on Sunday).
 
Anyone wanting to arrive early is welcome to come Friday evening and spend the night in the Zendo. Attendees arriving in the morning should try to arrive by 7:00. There will be an informal breakfast with social time Saturday morning, but otherwise we will be following our traditional silent sesshin schedule and etiquette.

There is no fee for attending, but as usual, contributions for food and to help pay for supplies and heating costs would be greatly appreciated. Mattresses will be provided for those who wish to remain in residence for their duration at sesshin and showers will be made available.
Please e-mail; opengatezendo@msn.com with any questions and/or to confirm your plans to attend, we need an accurate head count for buying food stuffs.

2014 Winter Sesshin

Saturday Schedule

First Morning Session
6:30 Wake-up bell
7:00 Non-residents Arrive (Chosho -morning bell tolled 9 times)
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen (Chosan- first morning meditation)
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05-9:00 Informal Breakfast and kitchen cleanup (in Hojo)
9:00-9:15 Sesshin Introduction and Instructions

Second Morning Session
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
9:30-10:45 Dokusan (one on one meeting with the teacher) by rotation.
10:45-12:30 Samu (work and/or exercise/rest period)
12:30- Call to Lunch (Han roll)
12:15- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for lunch- bring out trays
12:45-1:45 Lunch ceremony (Oryoki)
1:45-2:10 Break and kitchen cleanup

Afternoon Session
2:00- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
2:15-3:30 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
3:30-4:30 Angya practice. (monk procession walk)
4:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
4:45-5:15 One period Zazen
5:15- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for Dinner- bring out trays
5:30-6:15 Dinner ceremony (Oryoki)
6:15-6:30 Break and kitchen cleanup

Evening Session
6:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
6:45-8:00 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
8:00-8:10- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for tea, bring out trays
8:10 -8:50 Tea ceremony & Teisho (teaching) and/or Dharma Discussion.
8:55- Closing ceremony
9:00- Daily Closing- Konsho (striking the evening bell) tolled 9 times
9:00- Prepare for bed or non-residents leave for the night.

Sunday Schedule

First Morning Session
6:30 Wake-up bell
7:00 Non-residents Arrive (Chosho -morning bell tolled 9 times)
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen (Chosan- first morning meditation)
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for breakfast - bring out trays
8:15-9:00 Breakfast ceremony (Oryoki)
9:00-9:25 Break and kitchen cleanup

Second Morning Session
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
9:30-10:45 Dokusan (one on one meeting with the teacher) by rotation.
11:15-1:15 Angya practice. (MLK Silent procession walk Capitol Lake)
1:15-2:30 Hosted Sangha Lunch in Olympia.

Afternoon Session
2:30- Call to Zazen (time adjusted to return time)
2:45-4:00 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
4:00- 4:30 Work and/or exercise/rest period (may be adjusted for schedule)
4:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
4:45-5:15 One period Zazen
5:15- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for Dinner- bring out trays
5:30-6:15 Dinner ceremony (Oryoki)
6:15-6:40 Break and kitchen cleanup

Evening Session
6:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
6:45-8:00 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
8:00-8:10- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for tea, bring out trays
8:10 -8:50 Tea ceremony & Teisho (teaching) and/or Dharma Discussion.
8:55- Closing ceremony
9:00- Daily Closing- Konsho (striking the evening bell) tolled 9 times
9:00- Prepare for bed or non-residents leave for the night.

Monday Schedule

Morning Session
6:30 Wake-up bell
7:00 Non-residents Arrive (Chosho -morning bell tolled 9 times)
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen (Chosan- first morning meditation)
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for breakfast - bring out trays
8:15-9:00 Breakfast ceremony (Oryoki)
9:00-9:15 Break and kitchen cleanup

Second Morning Session
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
9:30-10:45 Dokusan (one on one meeting with the teacher) by rotation.
10:45-11:45 Samu (work and/or exercise/rest period)
11:45 Han Roll
12:00-12:30 One Period Zazen
12:30- 12:40 Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for lunch- bring out trays
12:40-1:30 Lunch ceremony (Oryoki)

Afternoon Session
1:30-2:00 Break and kitchen cleanup
1:45- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
2:00-3:15 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
3:15-3:30 Short Break
3:30-4:30 Tea ceremony, Teisho/Group Discussion
4:30-Closing - Konsho (striking the evening bell) tolled 9 times

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall Sesshin Mt. Adams October 18-20th



Fall is in the air, the maple leaves are turning and the time is rapidly approaching for the Open Gate Zendo Fall Sesshin (October 18th-20th).  This year’s retreat will be quite different from years past in two significant ways. First is that the sesshin will be held at the Mount Adams Zen Temple, this will be the first time that we have had a sesshin away from Open Gate since we ‘opened the gate’ eight years ago. The second significant difference is that we will be combining efforts with the Mount Adams Zen community in conducting blended retreat format that incorporates the Mount Adams practices and schedule with our own. 

Many members of our extended sangha have had the opportunity to practice at Mount Adams and are aware of the subtle differences in style, while for others this will be a new experience.  Mount Adams Zen Temple is in the Vietnamese Zen tradition and carries many of the nuances of this heritage, just as our practice carries the nuances of the Japanese tradition. 

Since both our communities are modern Western descendents of Zen, neither Japanese or Vietnamese, we are not bound to any specific ethnic style of practice.  The combination of old traditions holds many promises in the development of a “Contemporary  Zen” form that is not of any specific tradition, other than the tradition of Zen itself. 

Additionally, Fa Dong, from the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun, will be in attendance from Beijing China, to perform an ordination ceremony which will officially welcome Leah Schoonover into the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.  Leah’s ordination will further contribute to the mix by reminding us of Zen’s Chinese roots and deep personal connection to our sangha.

Due to the logistics of conducting this sesshin away from home, we are limiting attendance to twenty, so please remember to “register” by sending an e-mail to: opengatezendo@msn.com to confirm your attendance.  Even though overnight accommodations will be indoors, please prepare yourself as if you were going on a camping trip, with sleeping bags and personal items.  For the most part we will be sleeping barracks style and meals will be provided within the retreat schedule.

It is recommended that you arrive Friday night to take full advantage of the full day schedule on Saturday.  
For more information about Mount Adams Zen Center go to:  http://www.mtadamszen.org/

Friday Evening Schedule (10/18)
6:30 Mt. Adams,  Regular Evening Service.
7:30 Walking Meditation

Saturday Schedule(10/19?
5:45  Orientation
6:15 Sit
6:45 Informal Breakfast
7:30 Clean up and prepare for ordination ceremony
8:00 Ordination Ceremony
9:00  Morning Service
10:15  Two periods of meditation divided by walking meditation  w/ private meeting with teacher
11:45  Two periods of meditation divided by walking meditation  w/ private meeting with teacher
1:00 Lunch- Soto style Oryoki
2:00 Samu (work period)
3:30 Two periods of seated meditation divided by walking meditation
5:00 Half hour of walking meditation
5:30 Dinner-Soto style Oryoki
7:00 Metta Practice
7:30 Two periods of seated meditation divided by walking meditation
8:45 Tea and Dharma talk
9:00 Time for Bed

Sunday Schedule (10/20)
5:45  Metta Practice
6:15 Two periods of seated meditation divided by walking meditation
7:30 Informal Breakfast
8:30 Clean up
9:00 Morning Service
10:15 Two periods of meditation divided by walking meditation  w/ private meeting with teacher
11:45 Two periods of meditation divided by walking meditation  w/ private meeting with teacher
1:00 Lunch-Soto style Oryoki
2:00 Samu (work period)
2:45 One period seated meditation
3:15 Tea and Group discussion
4:00 Retreat Ends

Friday, July 19, 2013

Open Gate Zendo 2013 Summer Sesshin and Ordination



2013 Summer Sesshin
 


The time is near for the Open Gate 2013 Summer Sesshin and Ordination Ceremony. The Sesshin will held on Saturday and Sunday August 17th &18th with the Ordination ceremony beginning Saturday at 11:00 am (followed by a pot luck lunch and social period). Attendees are welcome to come Friday evening and spend the night in the Zendo as well.

Attendees arriving in the morning should arrive by 7:00. Below is the two day schedule. Guests coming only to the Ordination and potluck social should arrive between 10:30 and 11:00.

Ordination Ceremony
 


This summer we will be welcoming two new members into the Order of the Boundless Way; local Open Gate Sangha member- Sean Harrington, who had to delay his ordination last Fall due to the pending birth of his third child (mother and son are doing well!) and fellow Wayfarer Pablo Catalan of Madrid, Spain. Additionally, Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun abbot Chuan Zhi, will be in attendance to perform an ordination ceremony as well.

With Chuan Zhi and his disciple Karima Wicks coming to Open Gate from across country and Pablo coming all the way from Spain, it would be wonderful to have a full house so that they will get to meet as many of our extended sangha members as possible.
 
Everyone is encouraged to come for the ordination ceremony to meet our new members, even if they are unable to attend the full Sesshin. (Small gifts and/or cards from sangha members to the new initiates are always welcome). Please send an e-mail opengatezendo@msn.com in order to confirm your intentions in attending. As usual we need an accurate head count for planning and buying food stuffs.
 
If you would like more information about this sesshin or the ordination, please feel free to contact to contact Miles at- opengatezendo@msn.com
 
Saturday Schedule
 
Morning Session
6:30 Wake-up bell
7:00 Non-residents Arrive (Chosho -morning bell tolled 9 times)
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony (Remain standing to exit Zendo)
8:05-9:00 Casual breakfast and social time (in Hojo)
9:00-9:15 Break and kitchen cleanup

Second Morning Session
9:00- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:15-9:45 One periods of Zazen
9:45-10:45 Samu (Arrange Zendo for Ordination Ceremony)
10:45 Han Roll (Call to Ordination ceremony)
11:00-12:00 Ordination Ceremony
12:00-1:30 Potluck Lunch and Social Time (Cards and Gifts)
1:30 Han roll (announcing end of lunch and social time)
1:30 – 2:00 Samu (Clean up and return Zendo to original configuration)

Afternoon Session
2:00- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
2:15-3:30 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
3:30-4:30 Angya practice. (Monk procession walk)
4:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
4:45-5:15 One period Zazen
5:15- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for Dinner- bring out trays
5:30-6:15 Dinner ceremony (Oryoki)
6:15-6:40 Break and kitchen cleanup

Evening Session
6:30- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
6:45-8:00 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
8:00-8:10- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for tea, bring out trays
8:10-8:50 Tea ceremony & Dharma talk
8:55- Closing ceremony
9:00- Daily Closing- Konsho (striking the evening bell) tolled 9 times
9:00- Prepare for bed or non-residents leave for the night.

Sunday Schedule

Morning Session
6:30 Wake-up bell
7:00 Non-residents Arrive (Chosho -morning bell tolled 9 times)
7:15-Call to Zazen (Plank drum (Han) roll)
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen (Chosan- first morning meditation)
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05- Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for lunch- bring out trays
8:15-9:00 Breakfast ceremony (Oryoki)
9:00-9:15 Break and kitchen cleanup

Second Morning Session
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
9:30-10:45 Dokusan (one on one meeting with the teacher) by rotation.
10:45-11:45 Samu (work and/or exercise/rest period)
11:45 Han Roll
12:00-12:30 One Period Zazen
12:30- 12:40 Kitchen aids prepare Genkan for lunch- bring out trays
12:40-1:30 Lunch ceremony (Oryoki)

Afternoon Session
1:30-2:00 Break and kitchen cleanup
1:45- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
2:00-3:15 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
3:15-3:30 Short Break
3:30-4:30 Tea ceremony, Teisho/Group Discussion
4:30-Closing - Konsho (striking the evening bell) tolled 9 times

 

 


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Meet Thor Mitchell


 


Good day, my name is Thor Mitchell. I am 39 years old, grew up in Florida and now call the Pacific Northwest my home.
 
When I was 17 I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Tao of Pooh for a class. That got me thinking, who is ‘I’ and why was ‘I’ on earth. That questioning led me to books, mentors and classes for Zen, Taoism, Buddhism, Tai Chi and Qigong. I remember talking with a friend about being torn between a path of living in a shack on a remote beach or becoming an engineer and entering the workforce. I chose the business world. I kept up with Tai Chi every few years, loosely identified myself as a Deist/Taoist and deeper questions about ‘me’ were lost in the noise.

 As an engineer and programmer I have sought exact definitions and processes to define my world. Over the years, I have extracted a lot of self-identity and worth from my work. But, I've struggled to find the right creative outlets to balance this intense structure. I’ve dabbled writing whimsical software, playing the bass guitar, mountain biking, brewing mead, driving a fun car, running, taking photos, volunteering, and an equally big list of half-finished projects.

Twenty  years after my first search for meaning I came back to these questions. Where earlier I was drawn to the ideals of Taoism, in my late 30s I feel a deep bond to the practice of Zen. I can now see a broad theme of helping others in my life. Through practice I feel an even deeper need to help people, a few feet removed from negative self-talk and pride in what I do rather than what I have accomplished.

One year ago, after sitting with a few Zen centers in Seattle, I found Koro Kaisan Miles and the Open Gate Zendo.  When we shared tea, I felt at home and knew this was the place for me, Miles was to be my guide. Since I started practice at Open Gate , I've moved into a job managing people and have found that being able to help them is a magical gift. Daily I have the opportunity to be selfless, giving objective feedback on the good they bring to the team and observing behaviors they may want to change. I’m looking forward to joining our Order and helping others down this path of awakening and to make real their potential.



 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Dedication of Mushin Zendo


Hadashi Jeff Miles, Ryan Thompson, Monju Tegaku Marc Paine, Jizo Hodo Thompson and
Koro Kaisan Miles at the entrance to Dragonfly Hermitage.

On May 18th, members of the Order gathered a few country miles outside of Edgar Springs, Missouri for the official dedication of Mushin Zendo / Dragonfly Hermitage. Dragonfly Hermitage is the mountain home of Boundless Way member Jizo Hodo Steve Thompson. After several failed attempts at procuring a home for his hermitage and future zendo, Hodo san was finally able to secure a lovely piece of the Ozark foothills.  A forested, granite strewn hillside and gentle stream bed will one day be transformed into a residential practice center complete with meditation hall, community kitchen and multiple residential huts overlooking the wooded valley.
 

Sitting in the No-Zendo of Mushin Zendo,
Natural granite zabutons overlooking the wooded valley behind the hermitage.

Currently, Hodo san conducts his practice out in the open and invites all who wish to commune with nature to join him on his naturally arranged granite zabutons. Only in the snows of this last winter did Hodo and his small sangha move into the shelter of the one-room hermitage for zazen, otherwise it was coats and warm blankets followed by hot tea and good company. Hodo intends to keep this practice center off the grid and as independent as possible. He has already stripped the existing electrical wiring out of the cabin and he intends that all light at Dragonfly Hermitage will be by candle and lantern.

Hodo says he is in no hurry and that the construction of Mushin Zendo will be done step by step as time and materials become available. He does not intend to go into debt in order to live “off the grid” and outside “The Matrix.” He intends that the meditation hall, huts and related facilities will be manifested through dedication and volunteer efforts, but this will be a gentle journey taken with mindfulness, one day at a time. 

 
 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blue Lotus Zen Community



Monju Tengaku Marc Paine(far right)and fellow Wayfarers (clockwise from Marc) Daiken Shindo Harry Hale, Ken  Shinsan Zen Bodhi, Ron Muji Shindo Brickey, Koro Kaisan Miles, and Hadashi Jeff Miles at Southwind Yoga Studio.

In fewer than ten years the Order of the Boundless Way has grown from a small local sangha in Olympia, Washington, to a global organization with members in ten states and seven countries.  Dedicated to the transmission of the Dharma through original Buddhist teachings and authentic Zen practices, the Order has built its worldwide membership from individuals who are committed to cutting through delusion and helping others realize their true nature.  

Most recently (May 16th), an OBW dedication and ordination ceremony was held in Rogers, Arkansas, the home of Blue Lotus Zen Community.  Blue Lotus is a small local group of dedicated practitioners led by Marc Paine (Monju Tengaku), a former Lutheran Priest and long time Zen practitioner.  Marc became a student of Boundless Mind Zen in 2011 and was among the celebrants attending the dedication of Clouds and Water Hermitage last summer.  The Blue Lotus Zen community meets two to three times weekly at Southwind Yoga Studio and is open to anyone wishing to learn and practice the Dharma way.

The name Blue Lotus is a reference to the Sword of Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Great Wisdom, which is termed the Blue Lotus Sword which has the power to cut through every delusion.  As a survivor of the devastating Joplin, Missouri tornado, Marc’s path has brought him through life-altering tragedy to Manjusri Bodhisattva’s way and Boundless Mind Zen. 
 

Marc can be contacted through the Blue Lotus website at: http://www.bluezen.org

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Earth Day Ordination

Left to right: Gansho, Cindy, Trey, Chris, Koro, Hadashi (Photo by Joe Gledhill)

On Monday, April 22nd, Chris Wiedamann joined the ranks of the Order of the Boundless Way in an Earth Day ordination ceremony held under a giant spruce tree at Lake Sylvia State Park.  Six people set out with Chris along the park trail in Montesano, Washington, including his friend and co-worker, Cindy Burton.  Also in attendance were ordaining teacher Hadashi Jeff Miles, Gansho Lenny Reed, and Joe Gledhill, all of Mountain Way Zendo, and Trey Grubbs and Koro Kaisan Miles of Open Gate Zendo. After a quiet processional walk through the woods, the party fanned out under the giant old tree for a brief liturgy.  Hadashi then spoke of Chris and what it meant to have him ordain, handing him the robe, bowl and staff in the process.  Afterward, each of the attendees said a few words about Chris and congratulated him on his ordination.

Muoepeopsu Jeoun (Photo by Joe Gledhill)


Chris originally took refuge vows with the Lexington Shambhala Center in Lexington, Kentucky in May of 2009, and was given the name ‘Fearless Dharma Tree’ (Jigme Chöshing in Tibetan).  This was incorporated as the first part of his new dharma name, with the second part being ‘Kimchi Cloud’. As he has an affinity for Korean culture and Zen practices, Chris uses the Korean translation of his name, which is Muoepeopsu Jeoun.  While in Kentucky, Chris also practiced with several other groups in the area, including a student group at the University of Kentucky, and the Cincinnati Dharma Center.

Front row: Joe, Jeoun, Trey, Back row: Hadashi, Koro, Gansho (Photo by Cindy Burton)
 
A practicing service forester and self-described ‘anarchical Buddhist’, Chris moved to Washington to work for a local conservation district for a year. While there, he practiced with Open Gate Zendo in Olympia, Blue Heron Zen Community at Seu Mi Sah Korean temple in Tacoma, and most recently, with the small sangha at Mountain Way Zendo in Grays Harbor, where he trained for his ordination.  He has recently relocated to western Virginia to be closer to home, and while he is now one of many far-flung Dojin of the Order, he will be sorely missed by his adoptive family out west.

The joke's on you! (Photo by Joe Gledhill)




Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dual Ceremonies this Spring


Spring is in the air, and new growth and new beginnings are the hallmarks of the season.  In just a few short weeks, the Order of the Boundless Way will experience a growth spurt of its own, with an ordination ceremony and dedication in the Eastern United States.
On Thursday, May 16th, Marc Paine of Rogers, Arkansas, Harry Hale of Springtown, Texas, and Ken Zen Bodhi of Winchester, Virginia, will each be gifted the robe and the bowl in a ceremony at Southwind Yoga Studio in Rogers, Arkansas. Having respectively completed their apprenticeships under the tutelage of Koro Kaisan Miles, Steve Hodo Thompson and Ron Muji Brickey, each will be recognized by their teachers, receiving their dharma names and vestments as Wayfarers in the Order of the Boundless Way.
 On Friday, May 17th, the celebrants will make pilgrimage to the new mountain homestead of Steve Hodo Thompson in Edgar Springs, Missouri, for the dedication of Dragon Fly Hermitage and the future home of Empty Mind Zendo. These will be the first events the Order has held in the eastern U.S., and there will be a number of other related events in the Rogers area leading up to the ceremonies.
As usual, any and all members and friends of the Order are invited and encouraged to attend these events and welcome Marc, Harry and Ken into their new Dharma Family. See the schedule below for details, and direct any questions to: boundlessmindzen@yahoo.com.
 
Tuesday, May 14
7:00pm – 8:00pm Evening Meditation at Southwind Yoga in Rogers
Wednesday, May 15
7:00am-7:30am Morning Meditation at Southwind Yoga in Rogers
11:00am – 3:00pm Meditation, Hiking, and Picnic Lunch at Devil's Den
4:00pm – Tea at Fayetteville Soto Zen Center
6:00pm – Evening Liturgy at Morning Star Zen Center in Fayetteville
Thursday, May 16
7:00am-7:30am Morning Meditation at Southwind Yoga in Rogers
1:00pm Lunch with ATA Martial Arts of Bentonville
8:00pm Ordination Liturgy at Southwind Yoga in Rogers
Friday, May 17
7:00 Leave Rogers for Edgar Springs, Missouri
11:00-4:00 Prepare for Dragonfly Hermitage Dedication
4:00 Dragonfly Hermitage Empty Mind Zendo Ground Breaking Dedication
5:00 Prepare Dinner
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Social Time
Saturday, May 18
Empty Mind Zendo Morning Service
 6:45 Call to Zazen
7:00-7:10 Morning verses (Heart Sutra and reading from the Dharmapada)
7:10-7:40 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
7:40-7:55 Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
7:55-8:25 Sitting Meditation (Zazen)
8:30-9:30 Tea Ceremony flowed by a Dharma talk and discussion.