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Bendowa: Zen Master Dogen on Why Zazen Is Such a Big Deal

In the 13th century, a Japanese Buddhist monk named Eihei Dogen traveled to China to search for the truth. He discovered a teacher there who emphasized zazen above all else, and in studying with him Dogen found the resolution to his personal koan. Dogen then traveled back to Japan to share what he had learned, and although he generally eschewed sectarianism, we call the school of Zen that descends from him “Soto.” Three years after his return from China, Dogen still hadn’t...

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Five Ways to Make Your Work Spiritual Practice

These are five ways we can make our work into spiritual practice. They’re from the “Tenzokyokun,” or “Instructions to the [Head Monastery] Cook,” which was written by Zen master Dogen in 1237, following a long tradition of Zen “work practice.” In the essay, Dogen writes, “just working as tenzo is the incomparable practice of the Buddhas.” While it may seem like specific instructions for cook in a traditional Zen monastery isn’t relevant to...

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Events for week of December 9, 2019

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Tuesday Practice: Zazen and Class

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 11th

Mindfulness for Preschoolers

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Just Sitting

December 14 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

BWZ Holiday Party

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun 15th

Sunday Practice: Chanting, Zazen & Study

December 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Dharma Talk with Domyo

December 15 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

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