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

Sesshin August 1-8, 2014

Filed under: Sesshin — audio at 11:11 pm on Friday, July 4, 2014

Floating Zendo’s twelfth annual retreat with our teacher Angie Boissevain will be August 1st through 8th. 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 scenic, rural setting for meditation practice.

View the 2014 Sesshin Flyer.

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

Chögyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind

Filed under: Study — audio at 11:10 pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Floating Zendo has begun studying Chögyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness. The book presents Chögyam Trungpa’s commentary on The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101-1175), as translated by the Nālandā Translation Committee. The Root Text is a list of fifty-nine slogans, which form a summary instruction on the view and practical application of mahayana Buddhism.

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

April 22 Meeting Moved to Private Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — audio at 6:22 pm on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Next week, April 22, Floating Zendo will meet at a sangha member’s home as the Friends’ Meeting House will be closed for necessary maintenance. Floating Zendo will be back in the meeting house the following week, April 29.

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.

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