No message posted on a website heals the suffering being caused in our country by systemic racism, particularly the anguish and conflict caused by the inexcusable, repeated murders of unarmed black people, often by those sworn to protect us.
For what it is worth, Bright Way Zen bears witness to the injustice, empathizes with those suffering persecution and loss, acknowledges the culpability of white people in perpetuation of a racist system, and promises to do what we can to bring about a more just world for all.
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Our Teacher Domyo’s Weekly Podcast:
Bright Way Zen’s Mission
Our mission is to help people find spiritual peace, deepen their wisdom, and manifest compassion. We do this by providing access to the teachings and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism, maintaining a harmonious and welcoming spiritual community, and supporting a vital and sustainable Zen center that will be here for future generations.
Click here to read our Vision.
Zendo Meetings Cancelled Until Further Notice Due to Covid-19
For the time being, we will not be meeting in-person at our Zendo, but will have all of our regularly scheduled programs online.
Please be sure to call your Sangha friends, and be ready to volunteer if anyone needs help. Also be sure to let us know if you need help or support.
I invite everyone to view this as an opportunity for a different kind of practice. Slowing down, simplifying our lives, and sticking close to home… reflecting on the impermanence of life, and on what is most precious to us.
I’m available to meet with people individually, by Zoom, or on the phone. Also feel free to just write an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Take care of yourselves and each other! – Domyo
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.
We also acknowledge that bias, prejudice, and privilege can be blinding. If you experience anything at Bright Way that isn’t consistent with the aspiration in our Statement of Inclusivity, please let us know. You can contact our teacher, Domyo, confidentially via email (info[at]brightwayzen.org).
Connect to Our Sangha Using Zoom
Zoom video is a free program that lets you connect to a videoconference meeting.
A Note about Allergies:
When meeting at our Zendo, we minimize the use of incense (we light a stick momentarily at the beginning of a meditation period, offer it at the altar, and then immediately put it out).