Practice Period participants and special guests during the Shuso Dharma Inquiry Ceremony,
The Shuso, Zenki Kathleen Batson is seated with the altar to her left. Josho Pat Phelan Roshi, Abbess of Chapel Hill Zen Center, and Gengo Akiba Roshi, Bishop of Sotoshu in North America, are seated with the altar to their right.
The Kessei-ango, or 90-Day Practice Period, took place April 14 to July 14, 2019. Photo by Rev. Dokan Kojima.
Carter and Madelyn Smith moved to Fredericksburg, VA, in early May, to live near family. Carter turned 93 in February and Madelyn turned 98 last November.
Around 1977, when living in Southern California, Carter began practicing Zen with Sasaki Roshi. After retiring, they returned to live Durham where Carter grew up and he began practicing with the Chapel Hill Zen Center, early in 1995. Carter was a conscientious sangha member, and served as head Doorwatch for many years. He was also very helpful as a CHZC Board member, utilizing his engineering skills to advise on repairs needed to the building. Carter was especially helpful during the renovation project in 2008, when we added the current entry room, routinely meeting with workers on this project, and other projects, that included the building finally getting a dry crawl space.
In addition, Carter visited the Butner Federal Prison Medical Center once or twice a month to lead and support zazen from 2003 until 2017.
Carter is a dedicated practitioner who brought a calm and friendly presence to our sangha, and we will miss him.
On behalf of the Sangha, a deep bow to you, Carter, for your example,
Aging Gracefully, Befriending Death
This is an informal discussion group that gives the opportunity to share readings, information, and explore conversations among ourselves on these topics. Please contact Carol Klein at email@example.com, Kris Garvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Senmyo Jeff Sherman at email@example.com, if you have questions, would like more information. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age.
8 AM Wednesday Morning Zazen
Join us for a period of zazen Wednesday mornings from 8 to 8:40 AM. Drop-ins welcome.
Our usual early morning zazen at 6 and 6:50 AM will also be held, followed by sutra chanting serice.
Monday Mornings at 7:45 AM
Resuming Thursday, September 12
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Choro Carla Antonaccio will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday morning, August 18, at 10:30 AM.
Josho Pat Phelan Roshi will give public Dharma Talks on Sunday mornings, August 25, September 22 and October 20 at 10:30 AM.
David Guy will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday, October 13, at 10:30 AM.
Chimyo Atkinson will visit and give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday morning November 10, at 10:30 AM. Chimyo received Dharma transmission under Rev. Teijo Munnich in 2015, in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She received her monastic training in Japan and the US. Chimyo currently serves as Head of Practice at Great Tree Zen Women's Temple in Alexander, North Carolina.
Jakuko Mo Ferrell will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday, November 17, at 10:30 AM.
Zenki Kathleen Batson will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday, November 24, at 10:30 AM.
Everyone is welcome.
Sundays, August 25, September 22 and October 20
All-Day Sittings are scheduled for Sunday, August 25, September 22 and October 20 from 6 AM until 5 PM. The sittings will begin with orientation on Saturday night at 7:30 PM, and will include instruction on the meal form and one period of zazen. The regular Sunday schedule, with zazen at 9 AM and 9:50 AM, and a Dharma Talk at 10:30 AM, 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 Roshi if this is your first all-day sitting. For more information on the oryoki meal form see: www.kannondo.org/getting-started/oryoki/.
Rohatsu Sesshin is planned for December 6-13.
Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony is planned for Sunday, December 15.
The General Meeting, the annual business meeting for sangha members, will be held on Sunday, November 3, around 11:15 AM. Everyone is welcome.
The Zen Center Library is available to Participating Members to check out books for three weeks at a time, with a two-week renewal.
New aquisitions for the Member's Library include:
The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path by Zoketsu Norman Fischer
The Most Important Point, Zen Teachings of Edward Espe Brown by Edward Brown
Freedom from Anger: Understanding it, Overcoming it, and Finding Joy by the Venerable Alubomulle Somanasara.
The library catalogue is online at www.tinyurl.com/chzclibrary.
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.
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 Roshi at (919) 967-0861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center is now registered with the online 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.
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
Download the July-August 2019 CHZC Newsletter in PDF format.
If you prefer receiving an email with a link to the PDF file of the CHZC Newsletter which is mailed every two months in printed form, please send your request to email@example.com. The PDF version is always linked to at the top of the Events page.
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The Chapel Hill Zen Center is on Facebook! Please follow or like our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChapelHillZenCenter/ for announcements and invitations to events and special programs at the center. We also invite you to join our affiliated group, Chapel Hill Zen Center Members and Friends at www.facebook.com/groups/CHZCGroup/ to share news, articles, and other resources, ask questions, and interact with sangha members in a more informal way. Everyone is welcome to join.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center now has a blog with photographs from recent ceremonies and events. See: www.chapelhillzen.wordpress.com.
You are invited to join an email 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 CHZCannouncefirstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/CHZCannounce and click the "Join Now" box. You may be requested to supply some information or to create a Yahoo "identity." Please note the options for making your email 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 email@example.com.
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 Carol Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org, Kris Garvin at email@example.com or Senmyo Jeff Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org.