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Daitetsu Departing
Daitetsu Departing
July 2

After thirteen years of full-time residential training, Daitetsu Hull will be leaving ZCO. He has given two talks about his departure, and they can be viewed here. - https://www.zendust.org/content/daitetsus-departure-talks

 

Silver Dragon Sesshin
Silver Dragon Sesshin
June 2

From May 29 to June 2 Great Vow held its first Silver Dragon sesshin. This sesshin was co-led by Zen Teacher Hogen Bays, and Dharma Holder Abby Mushin Terris. All the participants in the sesshin have been on this planet for at least sixty rotations around the sun. The only exception to that was the Shuso, who participates in all sesshin. The sesshin had a relaxed schedule, with enough space for participants to rest when needed. It also included group walking meditation, and group body practice (both optional). The response from the participants was positive, and it is likely we'll hold a Silver Dragon sesshin in 2014.

 

 

 

Five Precepts Ceremony
Five Precepts Ceremony
May 26

On Sunday May 26 Dana K. received the Five Precepts from Daitetsu Hull. Dana arrived last summer by bicylce, on a long-distance trip that began in Wisconsin. 

 

Buddha's Birthday Celebration
Buddha's Birthday Celebration
May 12

Today we celebrated Buddha's Birthday at Great Vow during our 10am Sunday program. In keeping with our tradition, we began with a ceremony of pouring sweet tea over the Baby Buddha under a flower bower. After zazen we saw an amazing shadow play in the gym, and we ended our lunch with a birthday cake.

 

 

 

 

Jukai - March 24th
Jukai - March 24th
March 24

We held a Jukai ceremony for Levi, Garrett and Sharon. During the ceremony they each received a Lineage Chart and Rokusu, which they made themselves, and a Dharma name that reflects both their character and their aspiration.

Levi received the name Jakuren, meaning Culitvate Serenity (which has quickly become "Mr. Serenity").

Garrett received the name Soryu, meaning Dauntless Dragon.

Sharon received the name Senjo, meaning Abundant River.

 

 

Visit from Kaz Tanahashi
Visit from Kaz Tanahashi
March 2

Kaz Tanahashi, the renowned calligrapher and translator of Zen Master Dogen, visited Great Vow for a weekend event. Kaz spent Friday morning talking about his translations of Master Dogen, and then spend the rest of Friday and Saturday teaching calligraphy. The photographs here are from a calligraphy performance he did on Saturday night.

Message from Kojun
Message from Kojun
January 29

Dear Sangha,

It is time for me to leave the area for awhile.  I'm doing this so that I might possibly become the kind of teacher I would like to be -- one who is aware of the world outside of the monastery, one who is not dependent on or fooled by their role and status, and, perhaps most importantly, one who follows their own heart with courage, as we all must.  Please learn more by watching one or both of the talks hosted recently at Great Vow and Heart of Wisdom, and feel free to ask any further questions that come up for you by contacting me directly.

Yours in the Dharma,
Dana Kojun Hull

--Click here to find links to Kojun's talks --

New Years Eve Celebration
New Years Eve Celebration
January 2

On December 31, 2012 Heart of Wisdom held a New Years Eve celebration. The evening included a vegetarian pot-luck, sacred circle dancing, a ceremony using fire to let go of unskillful habits from the past, a refuge ceremony, an airing of the sutras ceremony, zazen through the new year, and finally the Zen Priests served everyone sparkling cider.

 

Circle DancingCircle Dancing

 

Fire CeremonyFire Ceremony

 

 

Airing the SutrasAiring the Sutras

 

Serving TeaServing Tea

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