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.

Tuesday evenings
We will not be meeting for zazen on Tuesday evening, New Year's Eve. However, we are invited to join with the Long Beach Buddhist Church's Zen sangha on the 31st of December for a New Year's Eve Joya No Kane (Ringing in the New Year) celebration. Starting at 4pm will have open zazen. That is come as you can. Sit for what part you can. At 6pm we will have a traditional Zen Buddhist New Year's Eve service featuring chanting of the Heart Sutra (in Sino-Japanese) and the revolving of scriptures. Following this all present will help in ringing the great densho bell one hundred and eight times to ring in the New Year. At 7pm we will have a pot luck dinner, featuring Toshikoshi soba noodle soup. Eating these extra long noodles symbolize good luck for the coming year. All are welcome. Join us for what parts you can. And, if you can bring a dish that's great. If you cannot, come anyway!

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 10:15am most Saturdays there will be a Dharma talk or other additional programming. Roughly once a month there will be a full day Zen meditation retreat on Saturday.

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