January 14 Half Day Sit

Please join us this Saturday in the profound practice of simple silence, and deepening presence.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking)
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 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. Leave personal items, including watches and water bottles, in non-practice spaces (back cubbies or entrance way.)

We will be at our usual location, Dragonfly Yoga, 1301 Rio Grande, ABQ.

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Hongzhi Study Group

Just a word to say that we will be continuing to study Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi following zazen on Monday nights. We are only just starting his “Practice Instructions” (which comprise the bulk of this short text), and there is no need to have the book or read ahead. It is a bit holographic in that sense, like most Zen teachings. We can drop in at any point. I recommend reading the foreword and introduction for background, if desired.

This important translation of one of the Soto traditions most influential ancestors was guiding teacher Taigen’s first book. It remains a favorite of countless American Zen students and teachers. Our study of these teachings will likely last at least the next couple of months.

New Year’s Eve Zazen 2016

Please join us for extended sitting Saturday, New Year’s eve.

It’s been a challenging year for most everyone. Take advantage of this opportunity to reflect, breath deep, settle, and ground on this last night of 2016.

Open zazen will begin at 9:30. There will not be structured kinhin/walking periods, but people are welcome to stand, walk, or take breaks as needed; come for all or part. Enter and depart at any time. From 11:45-midnight, we will chant the Enmei Juku Kannon Gyo, a prayer for peace. At midnight, a bell will be struck 108 times, concluding the practice session. Please bring a snack or beverage to be shared afterwards.

Can you think of a better way to bring in the new year?

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December 10 Half Day Sit

Please join us the Saturday in the practice of simple silence and deepening presence.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking)
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. Leave personal items including water bottles in non-practice spaces (back cubbies or entrance way.)

We will be at our usual location, Dragonfly Yoga, 1301 Rio Grande, ABQ.

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November Half Day sit this Saturday, 11/12

Our monthly half day is here, just in time for post-election recovery. Please join us in the practice of simple silence and deepening presence.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking)
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. Leave personal items including water bottles in non-practice spaces (back cubbies or entrance way.)

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Taigen returns October 8, 2016!

Rev. TAIGEN DAN LEIGHTON, PhD
returns to Valley Dragon!
Saturday, 10/8/16
12:30-5:30 pm

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Cultivating the Empty Field:
The Teachings of Zen Master Honctefgzhi

Cultivating the Empty Field was Taigen’s first book. A personal favorite of many western Zen students, Taigen will spend the day revisiting and unpacking these rich, poetic translations of Soto Zen Ancestor (and major influence on Eihei Dogen) Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157). Taigen’s visit represents a rare opportunity to study these seminal and poignant Mahayana Zen Buddhist teachings with one of the foremost Zen scholar/practitioners in America today. The program will begin with zazen (silent sitting), and include questions and discussion.

 

  • Taigen will also be speaking as part of our weekly Monday night program, 10/10/16 at 7:15 pm (zazen begins at 6:30.)
  • Taigen is scheduling dokusan (private interviews) with individual students. Contact Keizan in interested: keizan@valleydragon.org
  • Taigen will be teaching at Upaya in Santa Fe. Please check their schedule for details.

 

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.

65 suggested donation for the Hongzhi event; no one turned away. Kindly RSVP
more information: http://www.valleydragon.org
email: info@valleydragon.org