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 10:15am 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

7 September 10:15ish Dharma talk
Zen as a Way of Life James Myoun Ford

Today Myoun Osho will discuss the forms of Zen as they’ve come West, how they support a full life, and where we continue to need to work to make a living dharma community.

14 September 10:15ish Dharma book club led by Jan Seymour-Ford
We are reading “What is Zen” by Norman Fischer & Susan Moon. We’ll be looking at chapters four & five. You need not have read the chapters, but it would help.

21 September Zazenkai (an all-day Zen retreat) 9am to 5pm
We will begin as we normally do with two periods of zazen and then a formal Soto liturgy. If that’s all you can do that is fine. But, then we will continue with zazen, dokusan, and a dharma talk. Lunch will be brown bag. It helps if you let us know you’re coming, but not required.

28 September
Informal conversation about Zen, personal lives, community

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