November Half Day 11/11/17

We are having our monthly half-day sit Saturday 11/11. Please join us for a few hours of restful silence and formless concentration.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen (seated meditation)
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking meditation)
1:45-2:20 zazen
2:20-2:30 kinhin
2:30-3:05 zazen
3:05-3:15 kinhin
3:15-3:50 zazen
3:50-4:00 kinhin
4:00-4:35 zazen
4:35 Service and closing

There is no fee, and you may enter or depart at any point, preferably during the kinhin periods. Donations are welcome.

Please wear comfortable clothing. Make sure cell phones are turned off – please check that vibration also is turned off.

Location:

Dragonfly Yoga Studio
1301 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Suite #2
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Half Day Today, 9/9/17

We are having our monthly half-day sit today. Please join us for a few hours of restful silence and formless concentration.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen (seated meditation)
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking meditation)
1:45-2:20 zazen
2:20-2:30 kinhin
2:30-3:05 zazen
3:05-3:15 kinhin
3:15-3:50 zazen
3:50-4:00 kinhin
4:00-4:35 zazen
4:35 Service and closing

There is no fee, and you may enter or depart at any point, preferably during the kinhin periods. Donations are welcome.

Please wear comfortable clothing that is preferably in dark solid colors and that covers legs and shoulders. Make sure cell phones are turned off – please check that vibration also is turned off.

Location:

Dragonfly Yoga Studio
1301 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Suite #2
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Zazen This Week, 8.20.17

During these stressful and concerning times, please come join us for the simple discipline of silent sitting. The act of coming together to honor the age-old, fundamentally human activity of meditation and introspection is itself a protest against, and a healing of, the endless cycles of greed, hatred, and delusion that keep human beings trapped and suffering needlessly. Come support each other, and the practice of zazen in Albuquerque.

You can arrive early to help set up at 6:45. Zazen instruction is at 7. Zazen starts promptly at 7:15, but please be in your seat and settled a few minutes early.

After zazen, we will continue our study and discussion of Taigen’s book, Zen Questions, finishing the chapter, Zazen as Ritual Enactment. Discussion ends about 8:30 pm.

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Half Day Sit 8/12/17

Tomorrow, we will resume our monthly half day sits!

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen (seated meditation)
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking meditation)
1:45-2:20 zazen
2:20-2:30 kinhin
2:30-3:05 zazen
3:05-3:15 kinhin
3:15-3:50 zazen
3:50-4:00 kinhin
4:00-4:35 zazen
4:35 Service and closing

There is no fee, and you may enter or depart at any point, preferably during the kinhin periods. Donations are welcome.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably in dark solid colors that covers knees and shoulders. Make sure cell phones are turned off – please check that vibration also is turned off. Please personal belongings including water bottles in non-practice spaces.

Location:

Dragonfly Yoga Studio
1301 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Suite #2
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Taigen Leighton this week!

Rev. TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON, PhD returns to Valley Dragon for two events, his only New Mexico visit in 2017!

Zen Practices for Difficult Times

workshop, Saturday, July 15, 12:45-5:45 pm

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Taigen will survey the Ten Bodhisattva Paramitas (perfections/practices) of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition (which includes Zen) – including practices like generosity, patience, energy, skillful means, and commitment – which support us in responding to current social and global crises, and difficulties closer to home. We will begin with a brief period of zazen (zen meditation). There will be tea and refreshments available during the afternoon, with a break around the midway point.

$65 suggested donation for the Saturday event; no one turned away. Kindly RSVP.

 

Bodhisattva Values and Social Action

public talk, Sunday, July 16, after 7:15 zazen

The Mahayana Buddhist archetypal ideal is the Bodhisattva, the tireless servant of truth and happiness for all beings. This includes Zen, which contains many rich lessons about how we can not only support ourselves and loved ones through practice, but also the wider society and the causes we most care about. As MLK said, “Justice is love in action.”

Taigen is also available for dokusan (private interviews) with individual practitioners. Contact Keizan in interested: keizan@valleydragon.org

Taigen Leighton is founder and Senior Dharma Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in Chicago, and a guiding teacher of Valley Dragon Zen Sangha. He is a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, the founder of San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia. Taigen is the author of many books, including a translation of Dogen’s Eihei Koroku, Faces of Compassion, Zen Questions, and Just This is It: Dongshan and the Teaching of Suchness.

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more information: http://www.valleydragon.org
email: info@valleydragon.org