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Honoring the Passing of Two Great Teachers

Nonin Chowaney Roshi (left) and Tsugen Narasaki Roshi (right) were both instrumental in Daishin's priest training and formation.  They passed away within just a few days of each other.  Both were amazing calligraphers and deeply influential on Zen in America.  Nonin Roshi was the Abbott and founder of the Nebraska Zen Center in Omaha, where he served for 25 years.  Tsugen Roshi was the abbot of Zuioji Monastery in Japan, and at Shogoj, a special training monastery for overseas priests.

Much gratitude for their teachings and practice.

There will be a 49th day memorial ceremony held at Nebraska Zen Center for Nonin Roshi.  Details forthcoming.

Solid as a Rock and Still as a Tree

"An old tree conveys the transformative function without moving even slightly. A large rock completely holds the mind seal but its markings are not apparent."  - Dogen Zenji

Zen is very much a THIS – worldly tradition.  It’s not about finding nirvana after we die or getting to an other-worldly paradise.  The above verse takes us to the heart of Zen in affirming not only the natural world but the human body.  Zen masters look to nature for guidance and find it in trees and rocks.  How is it that a tree can remain so still it’s whole life?  It’s born, lives, and dies in the exact same spot (barring any human involvement in transplantation).  Trees teach us how to be content in zazen.  They teach us the non-dual nature of reality when we ourselves embody a tree in our own body and mind during meditation.  Like a tree, we don’t need to direct our mind to something.  We simply enter the present moment right now, as it is.

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Half Day of Zen
Saturday, August 6th, 1:30 - 4:30pm (Central Time Zone) at Quaker Meeting or online
Join Jisho for the Half Day of Zen at Quaker Meeting

Topic: Being Slow
In our world of contant involvement and the perceived need to fill up our time with activity this retreat offers time to reflect on our often unconscious assumptions about what we need to do.

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1st Annual Sangha Picnic
Saturday, September 10th
12 - 4pm
Emma McCarthy Lee Park, Ames
3400 Ross Road

Zen Fields will provide Black Bean and Impossible Burgers, Tofu Banh Mi sandwiches, corn on the cob, grilled veggies and watermelon. 
We would like for you to bring your favorite side dishes and/or desserts. Also, please any outdoor games you might have.
We hope you and your family can join us! Please RSVP if you are interested in attending. Thank you and see you there!

Dogen Zenji uses the phrase, "Drop off body and mind." Daishin offers his understanding of how this can be made practical in shikantaza.
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  • 5:30 - 6:00am        Zazen
  • 6:00 - 7:30pm        Zazen with Sutra Study
  • 4:00 - 4:55pm        Integral Yoga Now offered in-person at Quaker Meeting in Ames

  • 5:30 - 6:00am         Zazen

  • 4:00 - 4:55pm        Integral Yoga
  • 7:00 - 8:00pm        Guided Meditation with Sutra Study  Now offered in-person at Quaker Meeting in Ames
  • 5:30 - 6:00am        Zazen

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Will knowing something about the afterlife relieve your suffering? This is the question put forth by the Malunkyaputta Sutta.
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