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WHAT IS ZEN BUDDHISM?



Zen Buddhism is non-theistic, so its emphasis is on realizing our Buddha Nature, the nature of the self.  Therefore, all of Zen's rituals point to the oneness of the self and the ten thousand things.  Zen liturgy is upaya,- skillful means.  Like meditation and all the areas of zen training, it functions as a way of uncovering the truth which is the life of each one of us.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  Buddhist practices like meditation, are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.  The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path; a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.  An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision.  This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the Western sense.  The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical:  nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible.  So, Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender.  It teaches practical methods which enable people to realise and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, and instead of being a victim or blaming, to be fully responsible for their lives.

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SUNDAY MEDITATION SERVICE SCHEDULE

NEWCOMER TO MEDITATION






JANUARY 7, FEBRUARY 4, MARCH 11, APRIL 8

10 a.m.

Those who wish to try out Zen Meditation for the first time are encouraged to attend this session first.  Of course, experienced meditators are encouraged to attend too, to revitalize their practice and to rediscover "Beginner's Mind", all the while providing valuable encouragement alongside their fellow practitioners.

During Newcomer to Meditation Sessions the format is:
  • 30 minutes for instructions
  • 3 sitting meditation sessions of 15 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành).  
  • An informal discussion of your reactions, exploring questions you may have, and getting a feel for what the next steps could be.
                                                              


MEDITATION, CHANTING, AND DHARMA SERVICE




JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 18, MARCH 18, APRIL 15

10 a.m.

This session is to bring a more formal element to your practice.  The format is one 15 minute meditation, followed by a Dharma Service.  The Service includes incense offering, chanting of Great Compassion Dharani, the Six Paramitas, The Mahaprajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra, and recitation of the Vow of the Bodhisattva.   After chanting there will be a Dharma Talk by Thich Nu Tinh Quang.


                                                                        


OPEN DOOR MEDITATION




JANUARY 21, FEBRUARY 25, MARCH 25, APRIL 22 

10 a.m.

The intention of these sessions is to push your practice a little further by sitting longer.  They are also useful in bringing a greater focus on inner discipline.  The whole of this session will be conducted in complete silence, except for Homage to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, chugpi, and bell.  

The format is:
  • Homage to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
  • 3 sitting meditations of 20 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành)
  • After the 3rd sitting, the bell will be rung twice to indicate that you can leave quietly.
                                                                          


MEDITATION AND INFORMAL DHARMA STUDY



JANUARY 28, MARCH 4, APRIL 1 & 29

10 a.m.

Here we will be complementing our practice by exploring writings of ancient and contemporary Zen Masters.

The format is:
  • 2 sitting meditations of 25 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành) 
  • Tea and a discussion on a particular topic chosen by Thich Nu Tinh Quang.  A schedule of the topics will be listed here, with appropriate links or books to be discussed.
On January 28, we will get to know each other by talking about our own experience with practice.  You might want to think about how you came to practice, what your practice has been, and how it’s changed over time. 

BOOK being discussed:  See link for a this particular Sunday to see what chapter we are on.


The Compass of Zen, by Master Seung Sahn
  • http://www.dvzc.com/files/the_compass_of_zen_-_seung_sahn.pdf
  • https://www.amazon.ca/Compass-Zen-Seung-Sahn/dp/1570623295/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516557608&sr=8-1&keywords=the+compass+of+zen

It is considered respectful to come prepared.  If it is your first time attending or you have been ill and have not studied the assignment, then your opinions, thoughts, and questions will still be greatly valued.


    LOCATION:
    74 Alpine Avenue
    Hamilton, Ontario
    (north of Concession St., West of U. Wentworth)
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    DHARMA SCHOOL SCHEDULE



    Welcome to our Dharma School! 
    Chua Huong Dam Temple and Little Heron Zen Hermitage offers Dharma School for children from ages 4 to 18.  Our classes begin on April 1 and have a few interruptions for holidays. Each Sunday, the one hour classes begin at 2:30 p.m. Teaching is for age-appropriate Dharma School class for Buddhist instruction, dana projects (“kindness projects”), and meditation.


    The following classes are taught by Su Co Thich Nu Tinh Quang, of Little Heron Zen Hermitage.  The schedule is on a 3 week rotation.

    April 1:  Ages 4 to 8
    April 8:  Ages 9 to 12
    April 15:  Ages 13 to 18
    April 22:  Ages 4 to 8
    April 29:  Ages 9 to 12
    May 6:  Ages 13 to 18
    May 1:  Ages 4 to 8
    May 6:  Ages 9 to 12
    May 13:  Ages 13 to 18
    May 20:  Ages 4 to 8
    May 27 and June 3:  Cancelled due to Wesak (Buddha’s Birthday)

    Classes are open to members or non-members of the Temples.  If you are new to the temple and would like information concerning the classes, please contact Su Co Thich Nu Tinh Quang’s email:  sistertinhquang (at) yahoo.ca


    Cancellations:  In the case of inclement weather or any other unforeseen event, Dharma School teachers may independently determine that based on where in the area they live, it's best to stay home. If this is the case, they will contact the family of their students to the best of their ability. Parents are asked to let Su Co know if their child will be absent.

    SUNDAY CHANTING SERVICE





    DHARMA TALK


    April 15:  BEARING WITNESS

    Sunday Chanting Service begins 
    at 10 a.m. 


    Please arrive early enough to allow for parking and settling in to sit, as the short meditation begins at 10:00 a.m. sharpEnter quietly, as people will already have begun meditation when they arrive.  The door is opened at 9:40 a.m. and locked between 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. so as not to disturb those who are meditating.


    Everyone is welcome.  (Registration is not required)


    ATTIRE

    Wear loose, clean clothing, something that is comfortable and allows you to stretch. Sweat pants and shirt are fine; shorts not so much.  Avoid bright colours. Shirts with logos and writing can be distracting to a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.  Please wear socks. Warm socks are a good idea in the winter, as you will be asked to remove your shoes at the door.  Perfume and jewellery are not worn in the meditation room.

    REFUGE AND PRECEPT RECITATION




    Recitation of the 3 Refuges, 5 Precepts and Bodhisattva Precepts will take place on the Thursday closest to the Full Moon, before Members' Sitting, unless otherwise noted*. If you have taken Refuge and the 5 Precepts, in any tradition, please join us on the following dates, in 2018.


    April 26  CANCELLED

    * To be recited at home if there is a cancellation.

    WAKE UP HAMILTON




    WAKE UP

    YOUTH GROUP
    SUNDAYS AT 7:00 P.M.


    NOTE:  

    DAY OF MINDFULNESS THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH



    About Wake Up

    Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy and Compassionate Society

    Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. 
    We want to help our world which is overloaded with disrespect, discrimination, craving, anger and despair. Seeing the environmental degradation caused by our society, we want to live in such a way that our planet Earth can survive for a long time.
    Practicing mindfulness, concentration and insight, enables us to cultivate tolerance, non-discrimination, understanding and compassion in ourselves and the world.
    Our Practice
    We follow the Five Precepts, which are ethical guidelines that offer concrete practices of true love and compassion, and a path towards a life in harmony with each other and the Earth. These guidelines are the foundation of our lives and represent our ideal of service.
    Our practice is based on cultivating awareness of the breath and living deeply in the present moment, aware of what is happening within us and around us. This practice helps us to release the tension in our bodies and feelings, to live life deeply and more happily, and to use compassionate listening and loving speech to help restore communication and reconcile with others.
    Roots of Wake Up: Inclusiveness
    The Wake Up movement is inspired by Buddhism’s long tradition of wisdom and practices which help cultivate understanding and love; it is not based on beliefs or ideology. The spirit of our practice is close to the spirit of science; both help us cultivate an open and non-discriminating mind. We honor everyone’s diverse spiritual and cultural roots. You can join as a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, as an agnostic or atheist, or member of any other spiritual or religious tradition.
    What we do
    We aspire to be a place of refuge, nourishment and support for anyone with an aspiration to transform their own suffering and contribute to a healthy and compassionate society. We gather weekly or monthly in Wake Up groups to practice sitting and walking meditation, to listen to a teaching, practice total relaxation, listen deeply to one another, and recite the Five Precepts.
    We also organize mindfulness events and retreats, and visit meditation practice centers together to refresh ourselves and strengthen our practice. Many groups also organize music evenings, meditation flash mobs, picnics, hikes and other special events or actions.
    To Register for the group, or to get more information, please contact Thao Nguyen, 
    at 289-788-4266
    email - hamilton@wkup.org.  
    Website:  https://www.wkuphamilton.com/
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wkuphamilton/






    UPOSATHA DAYS



    The Uposatha is a time to intensify one's own meditation and Dharma practice, for instance, meditating an extra session or for a longer time, reading or chanting special Buddhist texts, recollecting or giving in some special way.

    One can observe Uposatha on the days of half-moon, new moon, and full moon of each lunar month.  Traditionally, the Uposatha days are observed ten times a month, on the 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and final three days of each lunar month. 

    On each Uposatha Day, devout Upāsaka and Upāsikā (those who have taken lay-precepts) practice the Eight Precepts, perhaps echoing the Buddha's teaching that laypeople should "imitate" arhats on Uposatha days.

    For lay practitioners, the Uposatha is a time to intensify one's meditation and Dharma practice.  For example, meditating for an extra session or a longer time, reading or chanting special sutras, eating only vegetarian, and practicing Dana.

    The Eight Precepts are for upāsakas and upāsikās who wish to practice Buddhism more strictly than through adherence to the five precepts. The eight precepts focus both on avoiding morally bad behaviour, as do the five precepts, and on leading a more ascetic life.
    The Buddha gave teachings on how the eight precepts are to be practiced, and on the right and wrong ways of practicing the eight precepts.
    1. I undertake to abstain from causing harm and taking life (both human and non-human), and to abstain from eating meat.
    2. I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given (for example stealing, displacements that may cause misunderstandings).
    3. I undertake to abstain from sexual activity.
    4. I undertake to abstain from wrong speech: telling lies, deceiving others, manipulating others, using hurtful words.
    5. I undertake to abstain from using intoxicating drinks and drugs, which lead to carelessness.
    6. I undertake to abstain from eating at the wrong time (the right time is after sunrise, before noon).
    7. I undertake to abstain from singing, dancing, playing music, attending entertainment performances, wearing perfume, and using cosmetics and garlands (decorative accessories).
    8. I undertake to abstain from luxurious places for sitting or sleeping, and overindulging in sleep.

    REGISTRATION & DANA

    Registration is required for all programmes, except Sunday morning sesshins. Please email to the address indicated in the programme outline on this site, with the following information.


    1. Register by emailing sistertinhquang (at) yahoo (dot) ca. (one registration per Contact).
    2. Full Name (Dharma name if you have taken Refuge)
    3. Address, including postal code
    4. Day & Evening telephone numbers
    5. Email address
    6. The programme in which you are interested in Subject Line.

    Space is limited ... register early! Registrations must be received no later than 5 days before the intended programme.


    Your registration will be confirmed by email.

    IMPORTANT:  

    THOSE WHO REGISTER AND DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION OR ARE A "NO SHOW", WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE EVENTS/PROGRAMMES ON A STAND-BY BASIS.  IF THERE IS A CANCELLATION YOU WILL THEN HAVE THE OPTION TO ATTEND OR NOT.

    DANA

    *Dana, or generosity, is a lovely tradition in Buddhism that allows students the chance to convey their appreciation for Buddhist teachings by assisting the Sangha. A gift of Dana comes from our heart and is suitable to the circumstances. Each gift is valued and every practitioner appreciated.

    Your Dana helps a lot. All Dana is suggested only. There is no wish to deprive anyone of the opportunity to attend a workshop or other sessions because of financial inability.  Place Dana in an envelope and hand it directly to the teacher.  An alternative is to bring a non-perishable food item.

    FLOWER SUTRA




    Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.
    But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.


    The disciples were greatly confused. Buddha quietly displayed the lotus to each of them. In turn, the disciples did their best to expound upon the meaning of the flower: what it symbollized, and how it fit into the body of Buddha’s teaching.


    When at last the Buddha came to his follower Mahakasyapa, the disciple suddenly understood. He smiled and began to laugh. Buddha handed the lotus to Mahakasyapa and began to speak.


    “What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.”
    Mahakashyapa became Buddha’s successor from that day forward.


    The Flower Sutra is a sutra in the Zen (or Chan) tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. It's earliest versions date from the 11th century. Zen Buddhism stresses wordless insight more than most other types of Buddhism. This sutra exemplifies that very well.
    In many versions of this sutra the Buddha doesn't walk around, he merely holds up the Lotus, roots and all, to a group of disciples. Most disciples are confused.


    Mahakashyapa smiles.


    To Zen Buddhists this sutra shows the origins of the wordless teachings of Zen - its history started with the Buddha himself.

    REFUGE AND PRECEPT INFORMATION NIGHT - PART 3

    Buddhists are happy and peaceable beings because they follow the path of non-violence and freedom. They are helpful and responsible because they practice Dharma and observe the precepts. They are called bodhisattvas, wisdom beings, because they cultivate compassion and serve people with wisdom.

    Once a year, on the Buddha’s Birthday (Wesak), individuals come together to take or renew the Eight Precepts. Anybody can follow the Five Precepts, but what makes a person a Buddhist is going for refuge, the first three precepts, which are the Three Refuges. They are then practiced daily, and at least once a week with the Sangha. Going for refuge is also like someone traveling for the first time to a distant city. They will need a guide to show them which path to follow and some traveling companions to help them along the way.

    • The Buddha is the guide.
    • The Dharma is the path.
    • The Sangha are the teachers.

    An orientation will be held for those people who want to take the Three Refuges and Five Precepts.  If you have taken them in the past, but haven't gone for Refuge and practiced with your Sangha for at least two months, then it is advised that you renew them.  Preparatory instructions for the Ceremony will be given at the Orientation.

    The Three Refuges and Five Precept-Taking Ceremony will be held on Wesak, June 3, 2018.


    Orientation will be held on
    Friday, April 6, 2018, at 7 p.m.
    for those who attended the first Orientation, in December.

    Register by emailing sistertinhquang (at) yahoo (dot) ca, 
    by February 19.

    The Path of a Buddhist begins when you are ready to take this step.


    The precepts are not commandments but self-help rules and voluntary commitments.  You are not expected, upon taking the precepts, to lead a perfect life.  In the light of one’s karma (the effect of past wrongful deeds), you are bound to repeat mistakes in spite of your good intentions and commitment.  Nevertheless, undaunted, you renew yourself and rededicate yourself to the way of Buddha and the precepts over and over again, much like a person who, having stumbled on the road, gets up and moves forward again.  There are no secrets and no easy solutions aside from your constant resolve.  For this reason, Buddhists regularly renew their precepts to recommit themselves.  If you have taken the precepts in the past, you can renew your precepts by joining others in prostrations at the ceremony.  Please bring your precept certificate and beads.

    10-WEEK MEDITATION COURSE



    10-Week Meditation Course

    Wednesday beginning January 24 until March 28.

    7 p.m.


    LOCATION:
    Little Heron Zen Hermitage
    74 Alpine Avenue

    Mindfulness is the skill of being deliberately attentive to your experience as it unfolds - without the superimposition of your usual commentary and conceptualizing.  The capacity to be mindful provides a wholesome way to attend to your experiences and helps you overcome the unskillful habits of mind that cause you to suffer needlessly. Learn to control stress and create resiliency, and learn mindfulness meditation to help promote healing along with emotional stability and the ability to overcome a wide variety of difficulties. These teachings provide a practical guide to developing the skill of mindfulness and applying it to every aspect of daily life.

    Practicing mindfulness meditation reveals and develops the qualities of wisdom and compassion, the twin virtues of the discipline.

    Everyone can benefit from this practice. It helps free us from illusion so that we can look at ourselves with greater clarity and make appropriate changes in our lives. We become aware of the depth of selfishness and the real intent that can motivate actions that are thought to be altruistic.

    Taught by Thich nu Tinh Quang, based on the Buddha's style of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, the original techniques used are for increasing your awareness and freeing yourself of painful mental habits. Vipassana meditation is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as mentioned in the Satipatthana Sutra. Your understanding and experience of meditation will deepen. Sister Tinh Quang will give teachings on Walking Meditation, The Three Poisons, Karma, Four Brahma Viharas, Metta, Karuna, The Five Hindrances, Dukkha, Intention, and Equanimity. Vipassana meditation is a lifelong process that requires daily practice, discipline, and patience.


    Registration no later than :January 22 -   email sistertinhquang (at) yahoo.ca with full name and contact information.

    Suggested Dana $20/Week

    http://zenbuddhistnun.blogspot.ca/2010/09/registration.html


    WORKSHOP: NAIKAN REFLECTION

    Sunday, January 28
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Naikan expands our vision of reality. It’s as though, standing on the summit of a mountain, we shift from a zoom lens to a wide-angle lens. Now we can be aware of the broader vista - our previous perspective still included, but accompanied by much of what had been concealed. That which was concealed makes the view extraordinary.


    Naikan as a method of self-reflection, was developed in Japan by Yoshimoto Ishin. Its structure uses our relationships with other as the mirror in which we can see ourselves. We reflect on what we have received from others, what we have given, and what troubles we have caused. Genuine self-reflection affects so many aspects of our life:  the presence of gratitude, our relationships with our loved ones, the degree of judgment we have about others’ faults, our mental health, lifestyle choices, investment decisions, even our spiritual faith.


    As human beings we possess the genuine desire to know ourselves and find meaning in our lives. We have the ability to do so. We may be the only creatures in the universe who can reflect on ourselves. We can observe our own thoughts and feelings and recall the actions and events of the past as if observing ourselves in a mirror. This capacity for self-reflection holds the key to our freedom, while, at the same time, residing in the roots of our own suffering.


    So let us embark on a voyage of self-reflection. On this voyage we’ll destroy deceptive myths, do battle with ego-centred dragons, get caught in traps of pride, swim in calming ponds of gratitude, and get stuck in the bog of selfishness. Yet even as we travel, we may become aware that the pathway, and the ability, even desire, to travel, are gifts themselves.


    Suggested Dana: $20
    PLEASE REGISTER by January 25.

    DHARMA SCHOOL


    DHARMA SCHOOL SCHEDULE
    April/May, 2018



    Welcome to our Dharma School!  
    Chua Huong Dam Temple and Little Heron Zen Hermitage offers Dharma School for children from ages 4 to 18.  Our classes begin on April 1 and have a few interruptions for holidays. Teaching is for age-appropriate Dharma School class for Buddhist instruction, dana projects (“kindness projects”), and meditation.


    The following classes are taught by Su Co Thich Nu Tinh Quang, of Little Heron Zen Hermitage.  The schedule is on a 3 week rotation.  Each Sunday, the one hour classes begin at 2:30 p.m. 

    April 1:  Ages 4 to 8
    April 8:  Ages 9 to 12
    April 15:  Ages 13 to 18
    April 22:  Ages 4 to 8
    April 29:  Ages 9 to 12
    May 6:  Ages 13 to 18
    May 1:  Ages 4 to 8
    May 6:  Ages 9 to 12
    May 13:  Ages 13 to 18
    May 20:  Ages 4 to 8
    May 27 and June 3:  Cancelled due to Wesak (Buddha’s Birthday)

    Classes are open to members or non-members of the Temples.  If you are new to the temple and would like information concerning the classes, please contact Su Co Thich Nu Tinh Quang’s email:  sistertinhquang (at) yahoo.ca


    Cancellations:  In the case of inclement weather or any other unforeseen event, Dharma School teachers may independently determine that based on where in the area they live, it's best to stay home. If this is the case, they will contact the family of their students to the best of their ability. Parents are asked to let Su Co know if their child will be absent.

    Location:
    Chua Huong Dam Temple
    208 Brucedale Ave E, Hamilton, ON L9A 3M8
    Phone:  905-387-5905

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    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY


    Maintenance Volunteer(s) needed for the following:


    1. Install deadbolts and doorknobs on two doors
    2. Snow shovelling (in season) - Snow blower available.
    3. Lawn mowing (in season)
    4. Repairing walkways (various needs)

    Little Heron Zen Hermitage always welcomes individuals who are interested in pursuing the study of Zen Buddhism, as well as those who would like to contribute to the Hermitage as volunteers.

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    SUNDAY MEDITATION SERVICE - DHARMA STUDY

    MEDITATION AND INFORMAL DHARMA STUDY



    JANUARY 28, MARCH 4, APRIL 1 & 29 - 10 a.m.

    Here we will be complementing our practice by exploring writings of ancient and contemporary Zen Masters.

    The format is:
    • 2 sitting meditations of 25 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành) 
    • Tea and a discussion on a particular topic chosen by Thich Nu Tinh Quang.  A schedule of the topics will be listed here, with appropriate links or books to be discussed.


    To be discussed on April 29  


    The Compass of Zen, by Master Seung Sahn
    Pages 97 — 111
     look up (in a dictionary or online):  four noble truths, dukkha, eightfold path, sila samadhi, prajna
    What are the three seals of existence? 

    • https://www.amazon.ca/Compass-Zen-Seung-Sahn/dp/1570623295/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516557608&sr=8-1&keywords=the+compass+of+zen
    • http://www.dvzc.com/files/the_compass_of_zen_-_seung_sahn.pdf

    It is considered respectful to come prepared.  If it is your first time attending or you have been ill and have not studied the assignment, then your opinions, thoughts, and questions will still be greatly valued.

    SUNDAY OPEN DOOR MEDITATION

    OPEN DOOR MEDITATION




    JANUARY 21, FEBRUARY 25, MARCH 25, APRIL 22 - 10 a.m.

    The intention of these sessions is to push your practice a little further by sitting longer.  They are also useful in bringing a greater focus on inner discipline.  You can leave at any time, as long as you do so quietly so as not to disturb those still meditating.  The whole of this session will be conducted in complete silence, except for Homage to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, chugpi, and bell.  

    The format is:
    • Homage to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
    • 3 sitting meditations of 20 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành)
    • After the 3rd sitting, the bell will be rung twice to indicate that you can leave quietly.

    SUNDAY MEDITATION SERVICE - NEWCOMER TO MEDITATION

    NEWCOMER TO MEDITATION






    JANUARY 7, FEBRUARY 4, MARCH 11, APRIL 8

    10 a.m.

    Those who wish to try out Zen Meditation for the first time are encouraged to attend this session first.  Of course, experienced meditators are encouraged to attend too, to revitalize their practice and to rediscover "Beginner's Mind", all the while providing valuable encouragement alongside their fellow practitioners.

    During Newcomer to Meditation Sessions the format is:
    • 30 minutes for instructions
    • 3 sitting meditation sessions of 15 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành).  
    • An informal discussion of your reactions, exploring questions you may have, and getting a feel for what the next steps could be.

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    WESAK - BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY


    Vaiśākha/Wesak
    Sunday, June 3, 2018
    (See below for other locations and dates)

    The largest celebration in the Buddhist' Year. On Sunday, June 3 at our 10:00 a.m. service we will celebrate Vesak, Buddha's Birthday with traditional symbolic washing of the baby Buddha and chanting. Feel free to bring a small offering of fruit, tea, or other items meaningful to you!


    Refuge & Precept-Taking Ceremony

    Following the Vaiśākha/Wesak Ceremony, there will be a Refuge & Precept-Taking Ceremony.  In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom. By taking the refuge vow we commit ourselves to freedom.


    The celebration is followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch.  Please bring a vegetarian/vegan main dish to share.  Dessert and beverages will be available here.


    RSVP for potluck by May 25 to Quang Vien (905) 627-7153.  Please indicate how many people and what dish you plan to bring.  





    BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
    May 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
    Chùa Huong Dam Temple
    208 Brucedale Avenue East, Hamilton


    (photo taken at Lunar New Year)



    VESAK MISSISSAUGA
    May 27, 2018
    300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
    Monastics and practitioners from Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions 
    from around the Golden Horseshoe.




    20111006

    MOVIE NIGHT


    WALK WITH ME




    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018
    7:00 p.m.

    Directed by Max Pugh & Marc J. Francis and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, WALK WITH ME is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness - the practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment - and world-famous Thich Nhat Hanh, known as “The Father of Mindfulness”, “The Other Dalai Lama” and “The Zen Master who fills stadiums”. Filmed over three years and with unprecedented access, this visceral film offers a rare insight into a community of people who have left their families and given up all their possessions to practice the art of mindfulness at the Plum Village monastery in rural France.

    Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne7-wnnWqFY

    Popcorn and/or other goodies supplied for the evening.

    RSVP is required by February 2, to 

    Thao Nguyen 
    Tele:  289-788-4266 
    email - hamilton@wkup.org

    DANA:  TOONIE for Buu Tich Monastery, in Vietnam. 

    20111001

    HSIN HSIN MING

    Verses on the Faith Mind by The 3rd Zen Patriarch, Seng-ts'an

    The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
    When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
    Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
    If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.
    To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
    When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
    The Way is perfect like vast space when nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
    Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things.
    Live neither in the entanglements of outer things nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
    Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
    When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity.
    As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.
    Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both activity and passivity, assertion and denial.
    To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality; to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.
    The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth.
    Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
    To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
    At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.
    The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance.
    Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.
    Do not remain in the dualistic state -- avoid such pursuits carefully.
    If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
    Although all dualities come from the One, do not be attached even to this One.
    When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when such a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.
    When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.
    When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes, as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
    Things are objects because of the subject (mind); the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).
    Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.
    In this emptiness the two are indistinguishable and each contains in itself the whole world.
    If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.
    To live in the Great Way is neither easy nor difficult, but those with limited views are fearful and irresolute; the faster they hurry, the slower they go, and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited; even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.
    Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.
    Obey the nature of things (your own nature), and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
    When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
    What benefits can be derived from distinctions and separations?
    If you wish to move in the One Way do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
    Indeed, to accept them fully is identical with true Enlightenment.
    The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself.
    There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
    To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind is the greatest of all mistakes.
    Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
    All dualities come from ignorant inference.
    They are like dreams or flowers in air: foolish to try to grasp them.
    Gain and loss, right and wrong: such thoughts must finally be abolished at once.
    If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease.
    If the mind makes no discriminations, the ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence.
    To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.
    When all things are seen equally the timeless Self-essence is reached.
    No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, relationless state.
    Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion, both movement and rest disappear.
    When such dualities cease to exist Oneness itself cannot exist.
    To this ultimate finality no law or description applies.
    For the unified mind in accord with the Way all self-centered striving ceases.
    Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible.
    With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.
    All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind's power.
    Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value.
    In this world of suchness there is neither self nor other-than-self.
    To come directly into harmony with this reality just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'
    In this 'not two' nothing is separate, nothing is excluded.
    No matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth.
    And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space; in it a single thought is ten thousand years.
    Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes.
    Infinitely large and infinitely small; no difference, for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen.
    So too with Being and Non-Being.
    Don't waste time with doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this.
    One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction.
    To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
    To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with trusting mind.
    Words!
    The Way is beyond language, for in it there is
    no yesterday,
    no tomorrow,
    no today.