Anaheim Zen Sangha

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We are happy to announce the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim and the Empty Moon Zen Network will be co-sponsoring a new Zen practice community that will be meeting at our Anaheim church starting in April, 2019.

Reverend James Myoun Ford is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and a Unitarian Universalist minister. He has written five books on Zen, the most recent Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons, available from Wisdom Publications. He serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim and as resident priest & teacher at the Anaheim Zen Sangha.

There is no charge for any of these offerings, although there will be an opportunity to make a free will offering in support of the programming. Refreshments will be offered.

Tuesdays at 7:00pm: Zazen liturgy and Zen meditation
The evening begins with a brief liturgy following the patterns of the Diamond Sangha Zen tradition, and two twenty-five minute Zen meditation periods. Dokusan, private spiritual direction interviews are offered most Tuesdays, usually either by Senior Dharma Teacher Jan Seymour-Ford or James Myoun Ford, Osho. We begin the program promptly at 7pm. If you need a brief orientation to Zen meditation please arrive fifteen minutes early.

Saturdays at 9:00am: Zen meditation and traditional Soto Zen liturgy
Two twenty-five minute periods of Zen meditation, followed by liturgy in the Soto Zen tradition and then refreshments. At 10:30am most Saturdays there will be additional programming. Roughly once a month there will be a full day Zen meditation retreat on Saturday.

Saturday Program Schedule

17 August
10:15am The Importance of Failure in Zen Practice, Reverend Seigaku Amato

Today our sangha's friend Seigaku will explore failure as a Zen practice. He is a senior student of Sensei Gyokei Yokoyama, with whom he is currently in the process of receiving dharma transmission.

24 August
10:15am Stumbling Into Happiness, Dr Chris Kaishin Hoff

Everywhere you look these days you can find an offer for a quick fix that will get you on the path of happiness. In Zen there is no quick fix, no slow fix, or even a fix. So how do we find joy and happiness in this practice? Chris is a dharma teacher with the Empty Moon. He is also a professor of counseling at California State University in San Bernardino.

31 August
10:00am Obon ceremony followed by pot-luck.

Obon is an important Buddhist holiday where we invite the spirits of our loved ones back to us to feed, chant sutras, and offer the merit generated thereby to be given to them, that they may find their way to becoming a Buddha.

The service will be followed by a potluck. Please bring something that was a favorite of your loved one. It need not be vegetarian. And, if you can't bring something, don't worry, just come. If you write emptmoonzen@gmail.com with the name of your beloved and date, if you know it, of their death we will create a memorial plaque, which you may take home with you after the service.

For more information about the Zen groups, please go to: http://www.emptymoonzen.org