floatingzendo.org Blog http://floatingzendo.org/blog Floating Zendo is a place for Soto Zen practice in San Jose, CA and other locations Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:22:13 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 April 22 Meeting Moved to Private Home http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2014/04/19/april-22-meeting-moved-to-private-home/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2014/04/19/april-22-meeting-moved-to-private-home/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:22:13 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=477 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.

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Friday Zazen Canceled http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2014/01/14/friday-sit-canceled/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2014/01/14/friday-sit-canceled/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:25:41 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=457 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.

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Beth Goldring – Tuesday, October 1st http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/09/28/beth-goldring-tuesday-october-1st/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/09/28/beth-goldring-tuesday-october-1st/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 01:49:48 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=428 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.

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Zazen on Fridays http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/09/27/zazen-on-fridays/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/09/27/zazen-on-fridays/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:37:12 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=424 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.

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Sesshin August 9-16, 2013 http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/06/11/sesshin-august-9-16-2013/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/06/11/sesshin-august-9-16-2013/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:40:49 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=377 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, here is how to sign up:

Please register by contacting our shika, Don Hopkins, by email at donaldhopkins[at]comcast.net or by phone at 408-712-0758. To hold a place in the sesshin, a $100 deposit will be required, payable by check to “Floating Zendo” or via PayPal: click the PayPal “Donate” button at the bottom of the Donations page.

Retreat and Accommodation Fees
All 7 days/7 nights: $364
Per night fee: $54
Day fee: $38
Fees exclude dana for the teacher. Some scholarships are available up to 50% of the full rate.

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Angie is back! http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/05/21/angie-is-back/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/05/21/angie-is-back/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 20:43:55 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=369 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.

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Change in Schedule http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/03/12/change-in-schedule/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2013/03/12/change-in-schedule/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:21:58 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=355 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!

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Studying the Lankavatara Sutra http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2012/12/05/studying-the-lankavatara-sutra/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2012/12/05/studying-the-lankavatara-sutra/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:18:27 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=338 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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2012 Sesshin Schedule http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2012/08/09/2012-sesshin-schedule/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2012/08/09/2012-sesshin-schedule/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:31:42 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=330 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.

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Sesshin August 10-17, 2012 http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2012/06/15/sesshin-august-10-17-2012/ http://floatingzendo.org/blog/2012/06/15/sesshin-august-10-17-2012/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:34:32 +0000 audio http://floatingzendo.org/blog/?p=318 jikoji.org. Our Sesshin is open to all, for the whole week or any part of the week.]]> 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, for the whole week or any part of the week. The retreat and accommodation fees are as follows:

All 7 days & nights: $355
Per day: $35
Per night: $52

Donations for our teacher are extra and are up to each participant. Some scholarships, up to 50% of the full rate, are available.

If you would like to join us, please contact the sesshin shika Britt Walsh by email at shika@brittwalsh.com or by phone at 650-282-3459. To hold a place in the sesshin, a $100 deposit is required, payable by check to “Floating Zendo” or via PayPal: click the PayPal “Donate” button at the bottom of the Donations page.

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