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The Zen Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, and on Tuesday night, July 4, and Wednesday, July 5.

All-day Sittings

All-day sittings will be on Sunday, June 11, and on July 16, from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The sitting will begin with orientation on Saturday night at 7:30, and will include instruction on the meal form and one period of zazen. The regular Sunday schedule, with zazen at 9:00 and 9:50 and Dharma Talk at 10:30, will be open to everyone. The day will include zazen, a lecture, dokusan and a work period, as well as breakfast and lunch. The fee is $10 for members and $20 for others. It is alright to sit half of the day, but please sign up in advance, and please speak to Josho Sensei if this is your first all-day sitting. For more information on the oryoki meal form see: http://www.kannondo.org/oroyoki.

Study Group

The Ten Grave Precepts were brought by Bodhidharma from India to China. Before they became ten, there were hundreds of rules of order for Buddhist life. These ten are like ten beads of light, coming from the center and taking different textures and colors, and if they become very radiant, they appear as one white light. Bodhiharma called it One-Mind..."One mind, Precepts body." He did not mean just this one mind, but entire mind, entire life. These are the Ten Precepts. Zazen is to actualize that Buddha mind immediately. It doesn’t matter whether you realize it or not. Bodily participation in zazen, itself, is the proof. Zazen is the concrete form of the utter belief in who you are, and there is no thinking about it, or about anything. Humankind and every single thing lives and exists fully in their best way. ... Every moment is the completion of practice. — Kobun Chino

The June Study Group will resume meeting on Thursday evenings, from 6:45-8:00, on June 8, 15, 22, and 29, to read and discuss the teachings of Kobun Chino in the book Embracing Mind. We will begin with his talks on the Precepts, p. 185-213. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Copies of the book are for sale in the entryway.

Aging Gracefully, Befriending Death

This is an informal discussion group that gives us the opportunity to share readings, information, and explore conversations among ourselves on these topics. Sangha members Jeff Sherman, Carol Klein and Kris Garvin-Sherman will organize and facilitate a group to continue these discussions if there is enough interest. The group plans to meet on July 2, following the regular morning schedule, around 11:15 after temple cleaning. Please contact Kris Garvin at krisgarvin@gmail.com, or Jeff Sherman at jeffsherman3333@gmail.com, if you have questions, would like more information, or if you would like to be included in email notifications.
Old age is not a requirement for joining us!

Practice Discussion

Practice discussion is a discussion with a priest about your practice. Jakuko Mo Ferrell and Choro Carla Antonaccio are available to meet with people for Practice Discussion. The form is to do a standing bow in front of the altar and to bow to and away from your cushion before sitting down, turn clockwise and begin. You may contact them at the zendo or by email. Jakuko can be reached at mositwear@gmail.com and Choro can be reached at subtlegate@gmail.com.

Private Interview

Individual meetings are available to discuss your meditation practice including your posture, practice in daily life, and questions you may have about Buddhist teaching. Interviews are usually given during zazen and sometimes by special appointment.


Dokusan is a formal meeting with the Abbess to talk about your practice. You may schedule Dokusan by speaking to Josho Sensei or contacting her at info@chzc.org. When it's time for you to have Dokusan, someone may come to the zendo and get you, or the bell in the Dokusan Room will signal when it is time for you to come back. When it is your turn, go to the Dokusan Room, enter and close the door. Do one floor bow toward the altar ending with a standing bow, then sidestep and bow to and away from the cushion. Sit down and turn clockwise to face the teacher, settle and begin talking. When Dokusan is over, turn clockwise, fluff your cushion, and do a standing bow. Leave the door slightly open as you leave. During all-day sittings and sesshins the private interview will be treated as Dokusan.

Recovery Meeting

The Recovery Meeting meets on Tuesday nights at 7:30.

This is a recovery group with a Buddhist perspective on the 12-Step Program which meets at the Chapel Hill Zen Center. The meetings begin with twenty minutes of silent meditation. For more information, contact: 919-265-7600 or ZenandRecovery@gmail.com.

Wilmington Zen Group

Josho Pat Phelan will visit the Wilmington Zen Group for a half-day sitting on May 20. For more information contact Elizabeth at 910-762-7465 or elizdarrow@gmail.com.

Wake-Forest University
Meditation Group

The Wake-Forest Meditation Group meets on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. For more information: http://chaplain.studentlife.wfu.edu/worshipmeditation-opportunities/wake-forest-university-meditation-group.

Gate City Zen Group

The Gate City Zen Group in Greensboro meets for zazen on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:00-6:40, and on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:40, at 917 Union Residence Hall, First Floor Faculty in Residency Unit, at the UNC-G Campus. For more information, contact Denise at dlgabri2@uncg.edu or 336-324-9970.

Sangha Network

The CHZC has a Sangha Network of volunteers to offer short-term assistance to those in the sangha who need help with simple tasks such as shopping, arranging for meals, or transportation, due to transitions in one’s life including illness, disability, or death of a loved one. If you would like to volunteer or if you need assistance, please contact Kris at krisgarvin@gmail.com or Jeff at jeffsherman3333@gmail.com.

.Prison Outreach

Members of the Chapel Hill Zen Center volunteer in both state prisons in North Carolina and the federal prison at Butner. We can always use more volunteers, and having volunteers present is usually a requirement in order for inmates to meet for religious services or to sit zazen. We are looking for people who have been sitting zazen at the Zen Center for a year or more. Orientation is required by each institution. If you would like more information, please contact Josho at (919) 967-0861 or info@chzc.org.

Volunteers Needed

A group of Zen Center volunteers prepares and serves lunch at the Inter-faith Council Community Kitchen on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. More volunteers are needed, including a core group of committed people, so we can continue our presence. The IFC Community Kitchen is the only soup kitchen in Orange Country and is located on the corner of Rosemary and Columbia Streets in Chapel Hill. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Shawn at 919-619-2243 or chzencooks@gmail.com.

Study Hall

During the month of June, there will be a Study Hall on Monday mornings, after zazen, from 7:45 until 8:30 or 9:00. Everyone is welcome to come and read Buddhist materials – tea will be available.

New Library Books

These books have been recently added to the Members’ Library. Wild Ivy: The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin, transl. by Norman Waddell; The Laughing Buddha of Tofukuji: The Life of Zen Master Keiko Fukushima, by Ishwar C. Harris; Commentary on the Song of Awakening by Kodo Sawaki, transl. Tonen O’Connor; and The Grass Flute Zen Master: Sodo Yokoyama by Arthur Braverman. Additionally CD’’s were added of talks by Dainin Katagiri Roshi on "The Significance of Lay Ordination," "Three Aspects of Repentance," "The Triple Treasure."

The library catalogue is online at http://tinyurl.com/chzclibrary or http://tinyurl.com/chzcpubcat.

Electronic Newsletter

If you would prefer receiving an e-mail message with a link to a PDF file of the paper newsletter which is mailed every two months, please send your request to: info@chzc.org. The PDF version is always attached to the top of the Events page and to the bottom of the Events page in the pink box on the left.

Practice Intensive: June 4-30

You are invited to join the four-week Practice Intensive beginning on Sunday, June 4, and going through Friday, June 30. This is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to daily zazen during a focused period of time, much as one would do at a residential practice center. You may want to experiment with the limits of your time and energy, throwing yourself into the zazen schedule, joining the efforts of others. In so doing, we mutually benefit by enjoying sitting together, while supporting each other.

During the month of June, we will have our usual early morning zazen, Monday through Friday at 6:00 and 6:50, followed by service, and our regular Tuesday night zazen at 7:00. There will also be one period of zazen on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 6:00, with a Study Group meeting after zazen on Thursday evenings from 6:40 to 8:00 p.m. There will be an all-day sitting on Sunday, June 11. Please sign up at the zendo for the all-day sitting.

Practice Intensive Teas are held after the usual Sunday morning program, on Sundays, June 4, 18, and 25. (There will be no Tea during the all-day sitting on Sunday, June 11.) Those participating in the Practice Intensive are expected to attend at least two of the three Sunday morning Teas. For teas this year the participants will be asked to speak for about 5-10 minutes about how they came to practice and why they want to participate in the Practice Intensive. Participating in the annual intensive is also a good way way to get to know other sangha members, especially coming to the teas and Way-seeking Mind Talks. Because of our individual circumstances, there is no minimum participation other than the Practice Period Tea on Sunday mornings.

Please draw up a realistic schedule, perhaps one that will stretch you a little, and then try to commit yourself to your schedule. Joining others for zazen gives us a clear taste of our mutual interdependence. Our practice supports the practice of others and the practice of others benefits us all. —Josho

Dharma Talks

On Sunday mornings, May 7, and June 11, and July 16, at 10:30, Josho Pat Phelan will give a public Dharma Talk.

Way-seeking Mind Talk

On Tuesday night, June 20, Craig Adamski will give a Way-seeking Mind Talk about what brought him to Zen practice. Craig began practicing at the Chapel Hill Zen Center about four and a half years ago. Everyone is welcome and tea and cookies will follow the talk.

Children’s Program

The Zen Center’s Children’s program offers a variety of activities, including meditation, stories, crafts, songs, and movement, as well as participation in Zen Center events and celebrations throughout the year. In each meeting, the children have the space to practice living mindfully and learn about Buddhist teachings while giving their parents an opportunity to meditate in the adult program. The Children’s Program meets twice a month, on Sundays, from 8:50 until 11:00. Meetings will be held May 21, and on June 4, an end-of-year picnic is planned. To sign up, please contact Maura High, at maurahigh@gmail.com

Looking Ahead

On Sunday, August 27, from 12:00-2:00, Triangle Showing Up for Racial Justice (TSURJ) will offer a discussion/workshop to the Zen Center community about the ways in which racism operates in our society today and how we can work against it. We’ll discuss how people in power have historically, and at the present, used racism to divide and conquer us, the power of multi-racial coalitions who have worked and are working together in spite of these efforts, and the role each of us can play in the current movement against racism.

On Saturday evening, October 28, we are planning to hold the Sejiki Ceremony.

December 1-8, we are planning to have Rohatsu, our 7-day December Sesshin.

People of Color Sitting Group

Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30

The POC Sitting Group begins with zazen at 6:00, followed by kinhin (walking meditation), with the option to stay for group discussion and community building. Both those new to meditation, or experienced, are warmly welcome to join us or drop in as you like. For more information, contact Conal or Kriti at pocsittinggroup@gmail.com

As usual, instruction in zazen and an orientation are offered to the public on Sunday morning at 9:00, and on Tuesday night at 7:00

Chinese Calligraphy & Brush Painting - New Time

Jinxiu Zhao will teach Chinese Calligraphy on Sunday afternoons from 2:15-3:45, on May 14 and 28, on June 4 and 18, and July 9 and 23. Chinese Brush Painting is from 2:15-4:15. Fees are $20 for calligraphy and $25 for brush painting. Please contact Jinxiu at (919) 484-7524 or Jxznc@aol.com to register or for more information. Jinxiu is also available to teach children’s classes.

Adverse Weather Policy

The highway where the zendo is located is not as well traveled or as well treated for snow as other highways in the area, and the temperature in the county is often a couple of degrees colder than in more populated areas. The general rule about coming to the zendo is that if driving may be risky, don’t do it. For example, when it is snowing or sleeting, or if snow or sleet are predicted to occur before or during zazen, you can assume that the zendo will be closed. This is particularly true for 6:00 A.M. zazen.

The 2017 Board Members

We are happy to announce that the Chapel Hill Zen Center Board Members for 2017 are President, Maura High; Vice President, Ken Wilson; Secretary, John Paredes; Treasurer, Mike McKillip; Members-at-Large, Shawn Johnson and Steve Pickett. We offer our deep gratitude to Elliott Schaffer for serving as Treasurer for these past two years and before that as Vice President, and to Michael Emberson for serving as Member-at-Large this past year.


The Chapel Hill Zen Center now has a blog with photographs from recent ceremonies and events. See: http://chapelhillzen.wordpress.com/.


You are invited to join an e-mail listserv now available via Yahoo for announcements about upcoming activities at the CHZC. If you wish to become a member of this listserv, please type "Subscribe" in the subject line and send an email to CHZCannounce-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You can also go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CHZCannounce/ and click the box "Join Now." You may be requested to supply some information or to create a Yahoo "identity." Please note the options for making your e-mail address public or for receiving marketing or other messages not directly from the listserv. It is your choice whether or not to receive other messages. Joining this list will not increase the amount of spam you receive. If you have any questions, please contact the list moderator, Lance at lashdown@yahoo.com.

Shopping Online?

The Chapel Hill Zen Center is now registered with the on-line company iGive.com. iGive.com is set up so that when you register with them to make a purchase, a percentage (about 2%-15%) will be given to the non-profit of your choice. iGive.com has 238 merchants registered with them, including LandsEnd, L.L. Bean, and Amazon.com. After logging on to iGive.com, to make a purchase, choose the merchant, place the order, and then designate the Chapel Hill Zen Center to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale. We are not advocating that you buy something you wouldn’t ordinarily, or that you buy online, but, if you already shop online, consider going through iGive.com to make your purchase.


If you are interested in helping care for the altars of our temple, this would be a good time to begin, or return to, the practice of chidening. Traditionally, chidens are responsible for maintaining the altars of a temple which means cleaning the altars themselves, sifting and cleaning the incense burners, trimming candles, and replenishing needed items. We also need volunteers to bring flowers and create flower arrangements for the altars. Chidening is a wonderful way of supporting the ongoing practice of our temple. A new schedule is being set up, and if you are interested in serving as a chiden, please contact John at john@jollyoso.com.

Amazon Smile

Amazon now donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Your selection will be remembered, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. The Chapel Hill Zen Center is now listed with smile.amazon.com.

Prison Book Donation Program

The Prison Book Donation Program is grateful for the generous support of the Sangha. Donations of Buddhist books, particularly on Zen, are appreciated, and only paperbacks are accepted by the prison. Please leave prison book donations at the Zendo.

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