Mount Adams Zen Buddhist Temple
Saturday 29 August from 8am – Lunch
This is the second edition of our newsletter going out about every 6-8 weeks.
The Heart of Kannon Bosatsu
(this is my personal way to start each zazen session)
The Prayer of Blessings: We surround all men and all forms of life with infinite love and compassion. Especially, do we send out compassionate thoughts to those in suffering and sorrow, to those in doubt and ignorance, to all who are striving to attain truth, and to those whose feet stand close to the great change that men call death, we send forth all wisdom, mercy and love.
In the Pali language (which was the language the Buddha taught in), there are some wonderful sayings:
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa.
I venerate the Sacred One, the Great Sage,
the Truly Enlightened One.
Buddham saranam gaccha-mi
I take refuge in the Buddha
Dhammam saranam gaccha-mi
I take refuge in the Dharma
Sangham saranam gaccha-mi.
I take refuge in the Sangha.
In the last newsletter we spoke of the Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra. In this wonderful sutra we read that “form is only emptiness and emptiness is only form”. This sounds confusing saying that “empty is all form” – how can something we see as form or solid be filled with emptiness? What does emptiness or void mean? The training of our hearts and minds to accept the moment and to live without pre-concepts or any ideas about the future is a goal of the Buddhist awakening process. It sounds rather illogical, but it goes on to say that “form is only emptiness and that there is nothing more than this”. How can everything be empty? Personally – laughing – the emptiness that I have found is actually full of everything in the Universe except “me”, “my”, “mine” and “I”. Laughing – it is most wonderful. Please continue to sit Zazen every day, practice the precepts in kindness in all that you do, forgive others and yourself for wrongdoings, and remember to laugh and enjoy each moment.
Center Specific News
7620 N. Hartman Lane, Suite 112, Tucson, AZ
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.
The Phoenix center has closed. Rev. Johndennis Govert (480.213.8979) is still available for those who wish to have a priest’s direction guidance.
TROUT LAKE ABBEY
PO Box 487, Trout Lake WA 98650 • 509.395.2030
REMINDER: Our official ceremony for opening the temple is on Saturday, August 29th.
NEW SATURDAY MORNING HOURS – Our regular meditation services hours are Monday – Friday mornings at 6:30 am, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday morning at 9am.
We have a wonderful new altar (built by Ken McGuire Roshi), which we’ve put in our Zendo. It will eventually move into the temple but for now we are happy with the new addition to our Zendo. Thank you Ken Roshi for your efforts.
We are now a licensed and permitted temple by Klickitat County.
My grandson and I have been in Thailand in a Thai Buddhist monastery – my first experience with actually living within Theravada (Hinayana) Buddhist practices. WOW! Laughing – the very spicy food (or lack there of – 2 meals a day and no food past noon), the heat, humidity and the 10,000 mosquitoes per square inch of air – were great teachers about patience, acceptance and being in the moment. It was a wonderful experience and I found the same heart there as in the temples in Japan. There really is only one Buddha (teacher), one dharma (teaching), and one Sanga (followers of the Dharma). The greatest difference in Buddhist practice is that the Thai Buddhists follow the original teachings of the Buddha without any changes. Some of the practices are not practical and in our modern world it would be difficult to be a priest. Mayhana Buddhism follows the Buddha’s directions that rules etc. could be changed – so the priesthood and some practices adapted to whatever culture they were in. Both branches of Buddhism are filled with heart and spirit, most of the practices are the same or at least very similar, the differences to me are more charming than separating.
Thailand was beautiful, the people very friendly and helpful, and the trip was a great blessing.
Farm and Organic Garden Activities:
- Our natural wood fencing is starting this week. We plan to removed over 80% of all the pressure treated fence posts (green ones with copper cyanide and older ones that are oil immersed), with natural wood or metal posts.
- 45 baby chicks arrived and 43 of them have survived into 1⁄2 grown chickens. We plan to harvest the eggs (certified organic) but do not kill any chickens for meat.
- We are now a Certified Organic Farm, for vegetables, fruit, and eggs.
- Our planted hedgerow of local trees and shrubs around our property (to support wildlife and the riparian area) is growing well. Over 90% of the trees have survived and about 70% of the bushes. We’ll keep adding to it every year.
- We are now connected up to Glacier Springs Water Association for our house water system. We will keep the well active for the chickens and some irrigation.
- The county has inspected our kitchen and granted us a food service permit – we may now serve our B&B guest food.
We are doing Ok financially.
- April – July 2009 Donations = $325.00
- Cash on hand = $895.00
- Liabilities = $ none.
- We have committed to a $100 per month donation to the Soto Shu International office and to $100 a month donation to a savings account to provide for travel expenses to Saito Roshi ‘s trip to the United States, hopefully next year. Both of these donations from our temple to others are to support the availability of the Dharma and Buddhist teachings.
Kozen’s travels: Kozen hopes to attend a Soto Shu training monastery from December 15. 2009 – March 15, 2010 if it is offered in the US. Next year, Kozen hopes to return to Japan for a stay.
Visitors: We’ve had a visit from Ken McGuire Roshi with the new altar for the Zendo.
Caution: We believe that Pacific Office Automation have deceptive and unethical business practices and encourage anyone dealing with them to be very, very cautious.