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What does receiving the precepts mean?

"One should be mindful at each moment of the ceremony and receive the precepts as one's own." - Dogen Zenji

While a teacher need not be a priest, but someone who displays some degree of contentment, what follows is referring to a priest as a teacher.  A priest, in Soto Zen, plays a certain role within a temple, and figuring out what that role is, and how a student ought to relate is not always immediately obvious.  It gets complicated when there are multiple teachers, each with their own ideas.  Drawing on history, then, can be illuminative, and bring us into a wider context of what the teacher-student relationship may look like.

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This is a social justice-related opportunity. For those in the Des Moines area (or who can travel there for music) consider buying or gifting tickets to the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault's 40th anniversary concert here
For those not in the Des Moines but who want to support prevention and response to sexual violence in Iowa, please consider donating hereIowaCASA needs help selling tickets as well. If you are interested in helping promote ticket sales or helping at the event, please contact Jisho: 
Half Day of Zen
Saturday, August 20th, 1:30 - 4:30pm (Central Time Zone) at Pure Land of Iowa or online
RSVP here by Thursday, August 18th

Topic:  Kisagotami's Mustard Seed
Chrstina Feldman offers her reflections on this famous story in the Hidden Lamp. We'll discuss the art of feeling deeply for and with people, without being able to take away their distress.

Suggested Donation $25 (No one is turned away for financial reasons)

You can join online here:

Meeting ID: 576 340 3743
Passcode: ZenFields
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!

We often associate religion with faith, even using the words interchangeably. What is "faith" when it comes to Zen and sitting in meditation?
Weekly Schedule

  • 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

Link for all events:
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Daishin Talks about the place of belief in Buddhist practice.
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