This Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Inmo Joe LaBrecque will lead our Dharma discussion as he speaks about his Dharma name and Zen in everyday life. Each month we ask a member of FSZS to talk about their practice. Please join us as we share the Dharma with Inmo-san.
In addition here is our June schedule of events as we will continue to meet online (ZOOM) during morning zazen, Tuesday night service and offer a three-hour (Zoom) zazenkai that will be held on Saturday June 27, 2020:
*Morning zazen from 6:30-7:15 Eastern, seven-days a week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom url and password for all ZOOM meetings, if you have not done so.
Tuesday 6/2/2020, 7:00-8:00 Eastern, weekly Zen Services: The Metta Sutra. see a copy of the sutra below...
** Sunday, 7/7/2020, at 11AM Eastern, Sangaku-sensei will speak via ZOOM to the Atlanta Soto Zen Center (ASZC) on the topic: D-Day
Tuesday 6/9/2020, 7:00-8:00 Eastern, weekly Zen Services: Vigor Paramita
Tuesday 6/16/2020, 7:00-8:00 Eastern, weekly Zen Services: Dharma Discussion by Katto Garth Smelser
Tuesday 6/23/2020, 7:00-8:00 Eastern, weekly Zen Services: Selected Teachings of Hojo Taiun Elliston-roshi
*** Saturday 6/27/2020, 9:00 AM-Noon Eastern, We will have a three hour Zazenkai (brief retreat on ZOOM of course): Miso Soup. So named as we will have lunch together using a miso soup recipe that Mokuo Nancy Sherwood will send to us. This is also a "Bring a Friend or Ten to Zen," opportunity.
Tuesday 6/30/2020, 7:00-8:00 Eastern, weekly Zen Services: The Hidden Lamp: koan #6- Bhadda-Kundalakesa Cannot Answer (page 37) https://books.google.com/books?id=_53MDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=The+old+woman+of+mount+wutai&source=bl&ots=7VRK5qF_zp&sig=ACfU3U2JGdMd79#v=onepage&q=The%20old%20woman%20of%20mount%20wutai&f=false
DISCOURSE ON LOVING-KINDNESS: METTA SUTRA
He who is skilled in good, and wishes to attain that state of Peace, should act thus:
he should be able, upright, perfectly upright, amenable to corrections, gentle and humble.
He should be contented, easy to support, unbusy, simple in livelihood, with senses controlled, discreet, not impudent, and not greedily attached to families.
He would not commit any slight misdeeds that other wise men might find fault in him. May all beings be well and safe, may their hearts rejoice.
Whatever beings there are — weak or strong, long or short, big, medium-sized or small, subtle or gross, Those visible or invisible, residing near or far, those that have come to be or have yet to come, (without exceptions) may all beings be joyful.
Let one not deceive nor despise another person, anywhere at all. In anger and ill-will, let him not wish any harm to another. Just as a mother would protect her only child with her own life, even so, let him cultivate boundless thoughts of loving kindness towards all beings.
Let him cultivate boundless thoughts of loving kindness towards the whole world — above, below and all around, unobstructed, free from hatred and enmity.
Whether standing, walking, seated or lying down, as-long-as he is awake, he should develop this mindfulness.
This they say, is the divine abiding here. Not erroneous with views, endowed with virtues and insight, with sensual desires abandoned, he would come no more to be conceived in a womb.