September 8, 2012 Zazenkai
Please join us for this weekend zazenkai, which will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their zazen, to practice liturgy, to receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk. We request a donation of $25 for members, and $40 for non-members for full-time participation. (Part-time participation is also permitted.) Feel free to visit our zazenkai schedule for details of our day.
Seating will be limited, so we ask that all participants to complete our zazenkai registration form by no later September 1. GWZS Members should use the members zazenkai registration form.
Flower-Arranging and Tea Workshops Update
Our announcements about the upcoming workshops in Ikebana (Japanese flower-arranging) and the Japanese Tea Ceremony accidentally omitted the dates and times. They are as follows:
- Ikebana Workshop: September 15, 2012, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Tea Ceremony: September 16, 2012, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Please see our events calendar for links to our registration pages.
We apologize for any confusion.
The Spirit of Tea: Talk and Tea Ceremony (For Free!)
As part of Great Wave’s effort to provide opportunities to expand our practice sphere to the arts, it is offering this very special presentation on the Japanese art of the tea ceremony. The presentation will then be followed by a formal tea ceremony in the zendo. These events will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2012, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Our instructor and tea host is Notre Dame University Teaching Professor Emeritus Sondra Byrnes, a student of Zen and a long-time practitioner of the tea ceremony.
The session will include the historical and philosophical background of the Japanese tea ceremony and its various styles, and an opportunity to ask questions.
Due the very special nature of this event, participation will be limited to 10 individuals, so please ensure that you complete our workshop registration form early. (Members of GWZS may register here). Also, we are looking for one or two volunteers to act as hanto, or tea servers. (Volunteer servers will also be served tea at the end of the ceremony.)
Ikebana: Flower Arranging Workshop
As part of Great Wave’s effort to provide opportunities to expand our practice sphere to the arts, it is offering a 3-hour introductory workshop in ikebana—the Japanese art of flower arranging. The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 9:30 – 12:30. Our instructor is Notre Dame University Teaching Professor Emeritus Sondra Byrnes, a long-time ikebana practitioner and student of Zen.
The session will include the historical and philosophical background of ikebana; demonstration of several ikebana styles, and hands-on experience. Participants will learn the principles; acquire an appreciation for this unique art form; develop basic skills; and create a take-home arrangement. Although studying ikebana is generally considered a lifelong endeavor, this workshop is designed to introduce concepts and skills that can be incorporated in Western style arrangements.
Participation is limited to 10 individuals, so please ensure that you complete our workshop registration form early. (Members of GWZS may register here). Also, please bring a pair of garden shears to the workshop. Other materials will be provided.
Book Discussion Postponed
The August 2012 book club discussion of Taizan Maezumi Roshi‘s Appreciate Your Life has been postponed until the end of September. Please see our events calendar for details.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
August Fusatsu (Renewal of Vows) Ceremony
In place of Sunday night’s usual second period of zazen, the Fusatsu (Renewal of Vows) Ceremony will be performed. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.
August 2012 Board Meeting
Great Wave Zen Sangha Board of Directors meeting. Members of Great Wave are welcome to attend.