On April 14, the 90-day Practice Period began, and Zenki Kathleen Batson (shown bowing in photo) was installed as Head Monk or Shuso.
Additional Morning and Evening Zazen
During the Practice Period, April 14 to July 14, we will offer an additional period of zazen on Wednesday mornings from 8 to 8:40 AM. If the attendance is strong, we will consider adding this to our ongoing schedule.
From June 3 through July 10, one period of zazen will be offered at 6 PM on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The Zen Center will be closed on Thursday evening, July 4, and all day on Friday, July 5.
At the end of the 90-day Practice Period, the Zen Center will be closed Monday through Saturday, July 15-20.
Zenki Kathleen Batson will give public Dharma Talks on Sunday, June 23 at 10:30 AM, and Tuesday night, July 9 at 7:45 PM.
Gengo Akiba Roshi will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday morning, June 30 at 9:50 AM (instead of the usual time of 10:30 AM).
Josho Pat Phelan Roshi will give public Dharma Talks on Sunday mornings, July 28, and August 25, at 10:30.
Choro Carla Antonaccio will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday morning, August 18, at 10:30.
Everyone is welcome.
Way-seeking Mind Talk
Mike McKillip will give a talk about his path to Zen practice Tuesday evening, June 18 at 7:45 PM, after one period of zazen. He began sitting on his own in 2000 and came to the Zen Center is 2001.
Sundays, July 28 and August 25
All-Day Sittings are scheduled for Sunday, July 28, and August 25 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/.
Chimyo Atkinson will visit and give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday morning October 27, 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.
Rohatsu Sesshin is planned for December 6-13.
Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony is planned for Sunday, December 15.
Thursday evenings, 6:45 to 8 PM
Join us Thursday evenings as we read together and discuss the The Mountains and Waters Sutra, a text by Master Dogen, with Shohaku Okumura's commentary. Copies of the book are for sale in the entryway. Study Group is preceded by one period of zazen at 6 PM.
Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
Monday mornings from 7:45 until 8:30 or 9 AM
During the Practice Period, there will be a quiet Study Hall, Monday mornings, from 7:45 until 8:30 or 9 AM through July 8. This is a time to study Buddhist writings or sew Buddha's Robe. Everyone is welcome; tea will be provided. You are also welcome to bring tea or coffee with you. There will be no Study Hall on Memorial Day, May 27.
Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 PM
The POC Sitting Group begins with zazen from 6 to 6:40 PM, with an 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, Kriti or John at email@example.com.
As usual, instruction in zazen and an orientation are offered to the public on Sunday morning at 9 AM, and on Tuesday night at 7 PM.
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 8:30 PM
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.
Jinxiu Zhao will teach Chinese Calligraphy on Sunday afternoons from 2:15 to 3:45 PM, and Brush Painting from 2:15 to 4:15 PM on June 2, and 16, July 7 and 21, August 11 and 18.
On Sunday, June 30, class will be from 3 to 5 PM.
Fees are $30 per class, or $110 for 4 classes. Please contact Jinxiu at (919) 484-7524 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. Jinxiu is also available to teach children's classes.
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:
Marilyn McDonald, A Brief History of Tassajara
Sekkei Harada and transl. by Daigaku Rummé, Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem
Reiho Masunaga, A Primer for Soto Zen: a Translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo Zuimonki
Emmanuelle Giumelli, See, Hear, Feel: Mindfulness for Children One Moment at a Time
Trevor Leggett, Zen and the Ways
John Yates, The Mind Illuminated: a Com-plete Meditation Guide
Robert Aitken, Zen Vows for Daily Life
John Daido Loori, Bringing the Sacred to Life: The Daily Practice of Zen Ritual Aiaho Brahm, Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook
David Richo, The Five Things we Cannot Change: Zen Teachings in Challenging Times
Ruth King, Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from Inside Out.
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 email@example.com.
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 May-June 2019 CHZC Newsletter in PDF format.
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The Chapel Hill Zen Center now has a blog with photographs from recent ceremonies and events. See: www.chapelhillzen.wordpress.com.
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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 email@example.com, Kris Garvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Senmyo Jeff Sherman at email@example.com.
I am pleased to announce several position changes. Recently, Senmyo Jeff Sherman accepted the position of Work Leader. If you are interested in helping out with maintenance and any of the small tasks that keep the Zen Center running smoothly, please let Senmyo know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With much appreciation for serving as the Zen Center Work Leader for three years, Choro Carla Antonaccio is stepping down and stepping into the position of Ino, director of zendo activities.
Many thanks and much gratitude to Zenki Kathleen Batson, who is stepping down from serving as Ino and training doans these past three years.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center Board of Directors are Kenneth Wilson, President; John Paredes, Vice President; Mike McKillip, Treasurer; Nell Kriesberg, Secretary; Andrea Ashdown and Tripp Spivey, Members-at-Large; and Josho Pat Phelan, ex officio. Many thanks and deep bows to Maura High who served as president of the board for these past three years, and to Colin Maxwell who served as Member-at-Large for this past year.
The general rule about coming to the zendo is, 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 AM zazen. The highway where the zendo is located is often 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.