WELCOME TO THE ARIZONA SOTO ZEN TEMPLE NEWSLETTER

Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

April, 2010 edition 7
Located at Trout Lake Abbey 46 Stoller Rd., Trout Lake WA 98650 509.395.2030

May the Infinite Light of Wisdom and Compassion so shine within us that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled; so shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.

Kozen will be speaking at the Mid-Columbian Unitarian Universalist Church this Sunday, May 2nd.

Upcoming 1-day intensive meditation classes, Zazenkai:

May 15 Zazenkai
June 19 Statue dedication ceremony and meditation morning
July 17 Zazenkai
August 28 Zazenkai
October 2 Zazenkai
What to expect at a Zazenkai:

Meditation instruction – how to deal with body, breath, and mind
Zen sitting* (Zazen) and walking (Kinhin) meditation.
Discussions of some of the lectures and sutras from great teachers
Chanting and reading sutras
A vegetarian lunch (eating as mindful practice)
Private time to work on your personal meditation practice
Work as mindful practice
Please plan on attending. Make reservations at 509.395.2030
$40.00 suggested donation.

Our first ZAZENKAI was held on Saturday, April 3rd.

The Mount Adams Zen Buddhist temple offered our first 1-day intensive meditation program. Zazenkai means “to come together for meditation”. The meditation day started at 6am and ended at 3pm. A vegetarian lunch was served.

We had 8 attendees and it was a wonderful day to practice together. Please plan on attending and upcoming Zazenkai

Tucson
7620 N. Hartman Lane, Suite 112, Tucson, AZ

This group is going strong under the leadership of Ron Sensei (phone 520.904.9474) and Ed Reis (phone 520.991.8108). The group meets every Sunday Morning at 9AM. Please give them your support by attending.

Trout Lake

PO Box 487, Trout Lake WA 98650
(phone 509.395.2030) 46 Stoller Rd. Trout Lake WA 98650

Temple Hours – Our regular meditation services hours are Monday – Friday mornings at 6:30 am, Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday morning at 9am.

New Statues – We have imported statues of Buddha, Kannon bosatsu (Quan Yin) and Jizo bosatsu. Each statue is about 8 foot tall and stands on a 2 foot lotus base. We’ve poured cement foundations for each one and hope to place the statues this next week. We’ll have our dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 19th.

Trout Lake Farm and Organic Garden Activities:

Ongoing Projects

We are building 3 shrines on the property. Would you like to assist in the building of a shrine? The shrines will be located out in the fields and be roofed. We will have one each for Buddha, Kannon Bosatsu, and Jizo Bosatsu. The statues are carved in granite and are ready placing on their foundations this next week.
Food Bank gardens. We plan to plant 1-3 acres in gardens for the food bank in the spring. Please plan on helping plow, seed, weed, water, or deliver the produce from the efforts. Providing food for those in need is a “right action” for our bodhisattva practice.
Volunteers needed for our “Food Bank” garden.
We’re planting these next 2 weeks.

Financial News:

We are doing OK financially.
We have paid over $9,000 for granite carved statues in China. Shipping costs were about $3500.
March 2010 – April donations = $1508.00
Cash on hand = $1060.00 (plus our priest travel fund)
Liabilities = $ none. We are planning some advertising but less than $100.00

Miscellaneous News:

Buddhist Woodworking

Reverend Ken McGuire has started a new woodworking company specifically for Buddhist Alters and supplies. You can view some of his wonderful work at the Trout Lake Zen Temple or online at http://zenfurnishings.net/ by Ken’s workshop

Two Local Christian Churches
that teach and practice an embracing, kind, and loving faith.

There are two wonderful churches in our local area that are well worth attending.

Trout Lake Presbyterian – Sunday service at 11:15 am

Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Local Providers of Care

Jennifer Silapie ND, a Naturopath Physician, has opened a practice in White Salmon. She is a warm hearted and caring individual. 251 N. Main Ave, White Salmon 509.493.3300

Karen Hoffman, massage therapist in Trout Lake and White Salmon cell 509.637.4995

Cookie Gilpatrick, massage therapist in Trout Lake and Hood River cell 541.490.9077 home 509.395.2468

Wonderful Reading

The Shack by William P. Young is a wonderful and enlightening book. It is the story of a father’s loss of his small daughter and the personalization of God (as a robust black woman), Jesus (as sort of a hippie fix it man), and the Holy Ghost (as a sweet and loving gardener). It is a wonderful story with enough fairy tale qualities to teach our “inner child”. A kind man named Dev gave me ths book and I have passed on copies to several people.

Living Buddha, Living Christ, by Thich Nhat Hanh is a book on accepting the best of both Christian and Buddhist faith and practicing compassion and kindness in al that we do. His use of Christian scripture and commentaries to highlight the beauty of Christianity is a joy to read. Rev. Dorothy Franklin gave me this book to read and I am grateful to her in sharing her faith in a way that was very easy for me to understand.

We have a lending library at the temple and hope to have it ready for public use by mid May. Please check it out the next time you are in the temple.

Yearly Summary of our recommended reading list:

The Kyosaku by Reverend Soyu Matsuoka Roshi
available only through the Atlanta Soto Zen Center

Moku-Rai by Reverend Soyu Matsouka Roshi
available only through the Atlanta Soto Zen Center

Shobgenzo-zuimonki by Eihei Dogen Zenji recorded by Koun Ejo

The Denkoroku by Zen Master Keizan Jokin

Zen is Eternal Life by Jiyu Kennett, Roshi
(Previously published as Selling Water By The River)

The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau, Roshi

Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness by Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi

Zen flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps

Being Zen by Ezra Bayda

To Shine One Corner Of The World by Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi

The Zen teachings of “Homeless” Kodo by Kosho Uchiyama, Roshi

The Buddhist Handbook by John Snelling

Soto Zen by Keido Chisan Koho Zenji

Zen Meditation in Plain English by John Daishin Buksbazen

The Wild White Goose by Roshi Jiyu Kennett

Zen Training by KatsuikiSekida

The Life & Work of Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen Pioneer by Isabel Sterling

Roar of the Tigress by Rev. Jiyu-Kennett

The Shack by William P. Young

Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

GASHO!

Kozen Sampson
Arizona Soto Zen Centers
PO Box 487
Trout Lake, WA 98650
509.637.5995 cell
509.395.2030 home