This is an informal Saturday morning program focused on investigating Buddhist teachings for creating ease and skillful response in our daily life. The program begins with a talk on a Buddhist topic or Buddhist view of current events, followed by a discussion and a short meditation. The topics are aimed at the beginner as well as the advanced practitioner. Everyone is welcome. Saturday mornings 8:30 – 8:50 a.m. meditation 9 – 10:30 a.m. lecture & discussion Day and night Night and day, The way of Dharma as everyday life; In each act our hearts Resonate with the call of the sutra. Dōgen Zenji (trans. Steven...Read More
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With deep gratitude to Jikoji Zen Center for making available their truly beautiful temple for our retreat in March of this year. Pictured are some of those who attended.
Please join us at the Gay Pride March and drop by the Gratitude Booth, Ocean Gate’s Pride booth dedicated to the expression of gratitude. Fill out a post it note and stick it on the wall. At the end of the year we read these Gratitude Wishes during our New Year’s Eve ceremony, as we release the prayers to all beings by burning them. The smoke from each message permeates the heavens and sends merit to all beings throughout time and space.
8:10 a.m. – Noon. Everyone is Welcome.
Half day sittings are great for beginners and more advanced practitioners who want to spend a quiet morning in zazen. Friday mornings include our Well-being Service. This service is dedicated to the well-being of those in distress and in remembrance of those who have passed on. The morning continues with alternating periods of meditation and walking.
Tuesday and Thursday a.m. Zazen: 6:45-7:25 a.m. Service: 7:25-7:45 a.m. Community Bow-in: 7:45-8 a.m. Friday morning well-being/gratitude service: 9 a.m. zazen followed by service. Saturday Dharma Talk: 8:30 a.m. zazen, 9 a.m. Dharma Talk.