Bright Way Zen
- Provides access to the Dharma, particularly the teachings and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism and the practice of Zen Meditation (Zazen), but in a way that is inviting to all regardless of their religious interest or affiliation;
- Supports the creation of Sangha, a community of practitioners – it helps immensely to practice with others!
- Provides the opportunity for people to go as deeply into meditation and Zen practice as they want to go, in order that they may awaken to their Buddha (awakened) nature.
The Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are called the “three treasures” of Buddhism.
Statement of Inclusivity
This Sangha acknowledges that suffering is a human condition which can be made worse because of biases or prejudices for or against any race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, political party, or other belief or position. This Sangha welcomes and affirms all who come here to seek the Way, and who will work toward respectful acceptance of others across our many differences, harmonizing the one and the many.
A Note about Allergies:
Please feel free to let us know if you have sensitivities to incense; we are happy to forgo the use of incense while you are present. However, you should also know that one of our beloved sangha members is a small, friendly dog (Sukha, see picture to the left).
On the 2nd Thursdays of the month, we come together:
♦ To support, inspire, and challenge one another to fulfill our bodhisattva vows. In particular to emphasize the outwardly focused, active aspects of the bodhisattva path in order to balance the inner work we do in other practice settings.
♦ To balance honesty, education, and truth telling with respect for people who come to different conclusions than we do. In particular, to save debate for other venues, honor a diversity of opinions, and return to common ground.
♦ To explore together how Zen practice supports and informs our bodhisattva activity, and how our bodhisattva vow supports and informs – or is in fact inseparable from – our Zen.
Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm Meditation & Study
Sunday Mornings 9:30am-Noon Meditation, Chanting & Dharma Talk
Indra's Net 2nd Thursdays7-8:30pm Exploring Bodhisattva Practice in the World
Downtown Portland: Original Home Meditation Group Special invitation to anyone who is homeless or on a limited income, but all are welcome Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30pm In the Weinberg Clinic Community Room 1226 SW 12th, Portland
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