Wishing all beings a happy healthy and safe 2021
Stay safe, protect each other.
“We are the leaves of one tree” – Bahá’u’lláh and Thich Nhat Hanh
A New Year; New challenges and opportunities. Happy Year of the Ox.
Black Lives Matter
Our regular Zazen sit and Sangha chat/discussion continues each Monday at 20:00. Do join us a little before that, around 19:45.
Metta and good wishes to you all for a better 2021.
Each Monday evening, our Sangha will have Zazen as is customary at 20:00. After a short mindful silent walk at 20:35 we will re-convene for our Discussion.
We will celebrate our 3 jewels, our Buddha, our Dharma and our Sangha.
Hope to see you on Mondays!
The log-ins are the same for all these Monday Night meetings. Please invite friends to join, Kindly email: email@example.com to request the log-in.
With a generous grant from the Scottish Government via Interfaith Scotland, we now have an upgraded Zoom account just logging in once for our Monday Night and any other on-line meetings and activities.
Many Thanks to Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association (DGMA) for publicizing our Sangha and thanks to the Dumfries and Galloway Green Book. Thanks to the Government and people of Scotland along with Interfaith Scotland, for generous financial support.
Weekly Zazen: Monday evenings:
Plan to sit comfortably in silence for 35 minutes starting 20:00 pm. If we meet around 19:45, it gives time for a quick ‘Hello’. Lotus position, half lotus or any comfortable meditation position would be fine, sitting on a chair is OK if it works for you.
Before 20:00, Take a few minutes to sit comfortably, sway your body and relax your neck and shoulders. This is a good opportunity to have a stretch, do a little yoga if you like! Ears over shoulders, nose over navel, eyes forward and down a little. Gently Smile to be here! Lean upright, slightly forward, tripod style. Come home to yourself. Let go. Mindfully take a healthy big breath and fill your lungs with our lovely clean air, gently let the air out, not in any hurry, no target tonight. Be blessed in the wonderful moment.
We discussed including mood music in the background and at the moment this doesn’t seem to work so well on our Zoom so we are not going to do this at least for now.
All of life can be a meditation, mindfully doing each activity in the precious moment. Sitting in Zazen according to our Buddhist tradition is a way to focus the practice towards living the best possible way. Zazen helps in many ways, even towards concentration and a good healthy night’s sleep.
When the current pandemic crisis is over, we will be able to joyfully meet together. Meantime the on-line opportunity, with Zoom, presents itself.
The Monday ZaZen timetable as follows:
On the first Monday of each month we have agreed to have guidance in the form of a reading, a chant, recitation of vows as a background during the Zazen.
19:45 pm: Welcome
20:00 pm: Invitation Bell; Meditate in silence for around 30 mins. This is Zazen
20:35 pm: Bell. End of silent meditation
Walking meditation for 5-6 minutes
20:40: Greetings Bell: Greetings and chat for 20-35 mins. This is Sangha discussion, exploring Dharma.
Discussion: All are invited to bring a topic for the discussion.
21:12 pm: Approx. Close
The purpose of the Sangha is mutual support. A village, a community. Becoming established and rooted upon the earth; there is plenty to do, practicing Dharma with our community and our environment.
No experience of meditation is necessary!
New members will be warmly welcomed and given a few tips to settle them in to meditation.
Hints and Tips:
Like this one around 600 years ago from Eihei Dogen
“Think of not thinking. …….What kind of thinking is that?……Nonthinking!“
chzc.org/pat51.htm is a good read from Josho Pat Phelan
Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh gives us this serene poem:
I have arrived, I am home
In the here, in the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate I dwell
Tea will be shared when we can hold our sangha joyfully together.
We are non-sectarian and welcome people of all cultural and religious backgrounds, believers or not.
We have no dogma, the Dharma can be summarized as non-Dharma!