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Floating Zendo is a place for Soto Zen practice in San Jose, CA and other locations

Friday Zazen Canceled

Filed under: Uncategorized — audio at 11:25 pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Please note that the Friday noon sits have been canceled. Floating Zendo still meets every Tuesday at 6:30pm for meditation and a dharma talk. Our 2014 calendar of special events is posted here.

Beth Goldring – Tuesday, October 1st

Filed under: Uncategorized — audio at 1:49 am on Saturday, September 28, 2013

Join us in welcoming Beth Goldring on her annual visit to the Bay Area Tuesday, October 1st. Beth is the director of Brahmavihara AIDS project, a small Buddhist chaplaincy program in Cambodia. She will speak to us after our regular 6:30 zazen and service at the San Jose Friends’ Meeting House, 1041 Morse Street.

For more information on Brahmavihara and Beth, visit http://www.brahmavihara.cambodiaaidsproject.org.

Update: Beth’s talk can now be found on our Audio page. If you would like to support Brahmavihara’s work, this page explains how to make a tax-deductible donation.

Zazen on Fridays

Filed under: Uncategorized — audio at 10:37 am on Friday, September 27, 2013

Floating Zendo has added a zazen period on Fridays at noon. We meet at the San Jose Friends’ House, 1041 Morse Street. The period opens with ten minutes of kinhin, which is followed by forty minutes of seated meditation. No service is performed on Fridays.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

Sesshin August 9-16, 2013

Filed under: Sesshin — audio at 10:40 am on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Floating Zendo’s annual retreat with our teacher Angie Boissevain will be August 9th through 16th this year. We are returning to Jikoji Zen Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Situated in a wooded area, surrounded by Open Space Preserve, Jikoji offers a quiet, rustic environment for meditation practice.

View the 2013 Sesshin Flyer.

Floating Zendo’s sesshin is open to all. If you would like to participate (Read on …)

Angie is back!

Filed under: Uncategorized — audio at 8:43 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Angie Boissevain has resumed teaching on Tuesday nights. Angie plans to continue with the study of the Lankavatara Sutra. The most recent talk can be found on our Audio page. Please note, though, that Angie will be absent May 28 due to a prior engagement.

Floating Zendo meets every Tuesday night at the Friends’ Meetinghouse, 1041 Morse Street, San Jose. Meditation begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a dharma talk. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Change in Schedule

Filed under: Uncategorized — audio at 11:21 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

As you may have heard, Angie injured a vertebrae while at her home about 3 weeks ago. She is recuperating at her home now and is in good spirits. We will keep you posted on Angie’s recovery. The San Jose Sangha will continue to sit on Tuesday nights with the support of the Bay Area priests in her lineage and other Sangha members.

Tues. 6:30 pm March 12: open
Tues. 6:30 pm March 19: Carolyn Dille, guest teacher

Tues. 6:30 pm April 2: Carolyn Dille, guest teacher
Tues. 6:30 pm April 9: Peter Szydlowski, guest teacher
Sat. 9:00 am April 13: ½ day Sit with Ellen Richter
Tues. 6:30 pm April 16: donnalynn chase, guest teacher
Tues. 6:30 pm April 23: donnalynn chase, guest teacher

Please save Saturday May 4 for the one day sit at Connie Batten’s ranch. Angie is planning on joining us!

Studying the Lankavatara Sutra

Filed under: Books, Reading, Study — audio at 12:18 am on Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Floating Zendo has begun studying the Lankavatara Sutra. The sutra recounts a teaching between the Buddha and a bodhisattva named Mahatmi. Zen’s First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, is said to have told his successor that everything he needed to know was in the Lankavatara Sutra. We are using Red Pine’s translation and commentary to study the sutra.

If you would like to study the sutra with us, we meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Friends’ Meetinghouse, 1041 Morse Street, San Jose. Everyone is welcome.

2012 Sesshin Schedule

Filed under: Sesshin — audio at 12:31 am on Thursday, August 9, 2012

The daily schedule for the Floating Zendo meditation retreat, August 10-17, 2012, is now available: link. Paula Jones and Carolyn Dille will complete their priest ordinations with Angie on Friday, August 17. Paula’s ordination ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and Carolyn’s will begin at noon. The ceremonies will be followed by a celebratory lunch.

Everyone is invited to meditate with us. If you will be joining us for a meal, please contact the Shika at shika@brittwalsh.com or, beginning Friday, August 10, call Jikoji at 408-741-9562 to let us know so that we can prepare enough food.

Also, the Floating Zendo Sesshin Guidebook is online. The Guidebook details the rules and ceremonies observed during our sesshin. In addition, the Guidebook specifies the responsibilities of the formal roles, like Ino or Soku.

Sesshin August 10-17, 2012

Filed under: Sesshin — audio at 12:34 am on Friday, June 15, 2012

Once again, we return to Jikoji Zen Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains for our 10th Annual Sesshin.

Our teacher Angie Boissevain, Zuiko Enji, will sit with us all week and offer a Dharma talk after tea each afternoon. Dokusan will be offered in the morning Monday through Thursday. Carolyn Dille and Paula Jones will complete their priest ordinations with Angie this August sesshin.

Jikoji Zen Center was established in 1983 by Kobun Chino Otogawa and a group of his students. Angie is one of these founding students. Situated in a wooded area, surrounded by Open Space Preserve, Jikoji offers a quiet, rustic environment for meditation practice. Improvements in recent years add to the comfort, accessibility, and beauty of the Center. More information about Jikoji, including directions, is available at jikoji.org.

Our Sesshin is open to all (Read on …)

Studying Dogen’s “Mountains and Rivers”

Filed under: Books, Reading, Study — audio at 10:42 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012

Beginning March 2012, Floating Zendo will study the Sansui-kyo (”Mountains and Rivers”) chapter of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, Kazuaki Tanahashi, translator. The Tanahashi translation is available in the collected Treasury of the True Dharma Eye and also in Moon in a Dewdrop.

After we finish the “Mountains and Rivers” chapter, we will look into The Book of Serenity, Soto Zen koans translated by Thomas Cleary.

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