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Dec
7
to Dec 9

The Path to Direct Knowing: Weekend Retreat at Buddhist Insights

Guiding Teacher Dhammadipa Konin Cardenas will offer a retreat on right effort, in the framework of the Theravada and Zen. This weekend retreat is offered by donation, and will take place at the Rockaway Beach House in New York City.

Dharma talks will be live streamed on the “Buddhist Insights” Facebook page, at 8:30 am and 1:00 pm Eastern US time. Join us!

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Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Spirit Rock retreat- Losing Fear of Formations

In these times, we can get caught in positions of fear and hopelessness as we watch the world we once knew changing before our eyes. A radical turn towards the truth of impermanence can open us to an inner strength that is rooted in Dhamma.

Implementing the Five Indriya (faculties) of Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Composure, and Wisdom equips us to meet these challenges, while furthering our capacity to use all experiences for awakening. Join this daylong, co-taught by Ven. Dhammadipa and Ayya Anandabodhi at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Qigong will be offered after the lunch break. The day will be held in Noble Silence with Dhamma talks and opportunity for Q&A.

To learn more and to register for this event, visit the Spirit Rock website here.

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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Dhamma Reflection - Third Sunday Program

Join Ven. Dhammadipa and the Aloka Vihara sangha for the Third Sunday Program, hosted at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. The evening begins with informal Q&A over tea at 6:00 pm, then the offering of the 5 precepts for those who would like to take them. This is followed by a 40 minute period of meditation, and a Dhamma talk.

Everyone is welcome!

Berkeley Buddhist Monastery

2304 McKinley Ave, Berkeley, CA, USA

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Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Dharma Talk at San Francisco Zen Center

Join the greater sangha in a visit to the San Francisco Zen Center, or watch the livestream, as the Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas offers the Saturday morning Dharma talk. This talk, like all other Ekan ZSC offerings, is by donation and no one will be turned away.

300 Page Street, San Francisco 

Meditation begins at 9:25 am

Dharma talk at 10:00 am

Go to sfzc.org for the Livestream link.

Hearing assistance devices are available.

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Jun
20
to Jun 24

Therigatha 'Verses of the Elder Nuns' Retreat

This retreat, lead by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta, will be held at Spirit Rock in Woodacre, California, USA. Ven. Konin, the Ekan ZSC Guiding Teacher will be participating, as well a offering personal interviews during this silent retreat, whose focus is the study of the poetry of the awakened women of the Buddha's time.

For more information, visit spiritrock.org

 

 

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Apparent Here and Now: Discovering the Dynamic Knowing of the Moment
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Apparent Here and Now: Discovering the Dynamic Knowing of the Moment

This retreat is full, but several additional spaces may open up. So please place your name on the waiting list if you are still interested!

This weekend retreat is open to all, and it will be held June 1st and 2nd, 2018 and hosted by the Red Clay Sangha in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will also give the Dharma talk during the regular Sunday morning program at Red Clay on June 3rd. Participants can join the entire program or Saturday only.

Zen practice is based on the teaching that each moment contains everything that we need to know to be wise and compassionate beings. Yet this teaching did not originate with Zen. It stretches all the way back to the historical Buddha, to the Theravada and the earliest of Buddhist practices. 

In this workshop, we will explore together ways to practice right in the midst of a full, contemporary life and discover a knowing that illuminates body and mind, all five aggregates of experience. Participants will engage a variety of meditation forms, hear teaching talks, and will have the opportunity for personal practice encounters with the Teacher. This workshop is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

For more information and registration details contact Konin at Konin [at] EkanZenStudyCenter.org or see the Red Clay Sangha website .

Registration is now open!

We all look forward to sitting with you then!

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Meditation and Dhamma talk at Diamond Springs Center
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Meditation and Dhamma talk at Diamond Springs Center

Join Ayya Ahimsa and Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas for a beginner's meditation and talk at the Diamond Springs Center for Healing Arts in California, USA. This program is by donation, and will include meditation instruction for those sitting on both chairs and cushions.

851 Pleasant Valley Rd, Diamond Springs, CA ~ Sunday, May 20th ~ 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Everyone is welcome!

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Dharma talk at Aloka Vihara
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Dharma talk at Aloka Vihara

Join the sangha of Aloka Vihara, a Theravada monastery, and hear Ekan ZSC Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas give a Dharma talk entitled, "The Tea Lady at Thanksgiving." The program begins with sitting at 7:00 pm, then a short break followed by the talk at 8:00 and Q&A to end the evening. All are welcome!

For directions to Aloka Vihara, which is about 25 minutes east of Placerville, California, visit their website at:

www.alokavihara.org

 

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Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to Karuna Buddhist Vihara

Ekan ZSC Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will pay a visit to her Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a women's monastery in Mountain View, California. The monastery will be celebrating its annual almsgiving (kathina), and everyone is welcome to attend the luncheon, as well as the blessing ceremony and Dhamma sharing that follows. See their website for more information:

karunabv.org

 

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Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

Visit to Dhammadharini for Almsgiving

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will pay a visit to her Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Dhammadharini, a women's monastery in Penngrove, California. The monastery will be celebrating its annual almsgiving (kathina), and everyone is welcome to attend the luncheon and the blessing ceremony and Dhamma sharing that follows. See their website for more information:

http://www.dhammadharini.net/

 

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Visit to Aloka Vihara
Oct
1
to Dec 31

Visit to Aloka Vihara

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will be in California for several months, visiting with her Dharma Sisters in the Theravada tradition at Aloka Vihara. Visitors are welcome for the public programs at the Vihara, particularly on Sunday, October 22nd, the day of Aloka Vihara's first Kathina. A kathina is a traditional Buddhist gathering for giving donations of cloth and other supports to the sangha, and enjoying a meal together.

Learn more and check out the calendar here: http://saranaloka.org/events/calendar/

 

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Visit to All Beings Sangha & talk on Sept. 7
Sep
6
to Sep 9

Visit to All Beings Sangha & talk on Sept. 7

Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will pay a visit to a Soto Zen sangha in Washington DC, All Beings Sangha, near the zoo. She will offer a Dharma talk on Thursday night as part of the regular weekly program that begins at 7:00 pm.

Learn more at their website: All Beings Sangha

Stop by if you are in the area! 

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Conferring the Precepts - Jukai
Aug
26
10:30 AM10:30

Conferring the Precepts - Jukai

In a ceremony known as "jukai," Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas will confer the 16 bodhisattva precepts to one of her students, Deborah Silver. The student vows to take up an awakening life for self and others. It's a joyful moment for teacher and students alike, and family and friends too! The ceremony will take place at Empty Hand Zen Center on Saturday morning, August 26th. We'll begin at 9:00 am with to periods of zazen and then begin the ritual at 10:30 am. Light refreshments will be served afterward, as we celebrate a new commitment to the bodhisattva path!

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Two-day Sesshin at Buddhist Insights: The One Who is Not Busy
Apr
21
to Apr 23

Two-day Sesshin at Buddhist Insights: The One Who is Not Busy

This two-day retreat, led by Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas, will be an exploration of the Zen teaching of "The One Who is Not Busy." It is a study of the inner and outer experience of stillness and activity. These aspects are all interwoven, inseparable, inescapable. Yet it is rare to take the time to deeply investigate this reality in our lives, to allow it to seep into our conscious experience. This sesshin, a two-day period of sitting and walking meditation, punctuated by chanting and meals, is an opportunity to study the one who is not busy, to experience this one.

Please join us and give yourself and the world the gift of turning the light inward to illuminate the true self. Only you can give yourself this gift. Only you can offer the benefits it brings to all beings.

For more details and to register, visit www.buddhistinsights.com  

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Feb
15
8:30 PM20:30

Buddha's Mahaparinirvana

Commemorate the Buddha's passing into Final Nirvana on this, one of the three most important days in the Zen Buddhist calendar. We will chant and hear a reading from the Buddha's last words in which he tells us who our teacher will be after his death. At Empty Hand Zen Center, 45 Lawton Street, New Rochelle, NY

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Jan
7
2:30 PM14:30

Awakening to the Zen of This Very Life: a Workshop

One of the fundamental teachings of Zen is that awakening can only be found right in the midst of one's everyday life. Yet one might wonder whether that teaching is still true in the midst of a modern life that seems pushed and pulled by so many pressures, so many activites. This workshop will explore the Zen teachings on how to discover that the absolute and the relative co-exist peacefully right here, in this body and mind. The key is inquiry, which we will begin during our time together. The day will include a discussion of excerpts from Eihei Dogen Zenji's "Instructions to the Head Cook" and a koan from Sekkei Harada Roshi's "Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem." No previous Zen practice is necessary in order to benefit from this workshop.

The workshop will take place at the American Buddhist Study Center, 331 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10025. Call them at (212) 864-7424 to register.

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Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sitting for Rohatsu

Because the Buddha sat in such an unwavering way in the week leading up to his enlightenment, we too will sit, abiding in awakened nature.

December 8th is the day on which Soto Zen traditionally celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment. In Japanese it is referred to as "Rohatsu," which means the eight day of the 12th lunar month.

Join Konin for a period of informal sitting at Empty Hand Zen Center, 45 Lawton Street, New Rochelle, NY. Everyone is welcome!

 

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Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Ceremony for Lost Children

This ceremony calls upon the compassion of Jizo Bodhisattva, a protector of children in the Japanese Buddhist tradition. Participants will have the opportunity to commemorate the names and images of lost children, through chanting, and offering words of wisdom and love. At the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, California. Please bring a photo or piece of clothing for the altar. Offered by donation.

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