This event constitutes Great Wave’s first attempt at live streaming and for that reason should be considered somewhat “experimental.” Viewers are encouraged to use the live chat feature during the talk to ask questions. Roshi will do his best to answer them.
If you cannot participate in the live stream, a recording will be available on YouTube.
Ango, or “Peaceful Dwelling,” is a period of intensive practice, a tradition whose origins go back to the time of the Buddha. Back then, he and his disciples would cease their customary wandering lifestyle at the beginning of the monsoon season, taking shelter from the incessant rains for three months. During this time, they devoted themselves to intensive study, the teaching of laity and younger monks, and meditation. The Buddha delivered many of his sermons during these periods, often at the vihara in Jeta Grove.
In the Zen tradition, there are typically two three-month ango each year, one in the summer and one in the winter. This year, Great Wave’s Summer 2022 Ango will take place from June 1 to August 20. As in years past, my hope is that all those who I have formally accepted as students will commit to more intensive practice by completing our Ango Commitment Form prior to June 1. However, you needn’t be a formally recognized student to complete the form. I encourage everyone to make a commitment to further their practice. Your forms will be printed and stored inside the altar in the ancestor room at Myogenji.
June 21st is the date that marks the summer solstice, that time of year when the number of hours of daylight are at their greatest. In acknowledgement of this astronomical event, the Great Wave Zen Sangha is pleased to announce the 2017 Sun Buddha Sesshin. This retreat will take place from Wednesday, June 21, at 7:00 PM through Sunday, June 25, at 9:00 AM, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This sesshin will provide participants a perfect opportunity to deepen their practice through extended periods of meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction with GendoSensei, oryoki meals, and scripture recitation. In addition, Ango-Entering and Fusatsu ceremonies will be conducted. The cost of sesshin also includes all meals.
Driving directions to our retreat location, as well as other details of the retreat, are available for all participants—simply login at http://greatwave.org/, complete our Event Registration Form, and pay the sesshin fee.
Please note that seating and on-site accommodations are limited. You are therefore advised to register early.
Ango, or “Dwelling in peace,” is traditionally a season-long period of more intense practice in Zen monasteries and usually culminates with a seven-day sesshin. Great Wave is undertaking a modified ango for the month of July, holding daily meditation periods in the evenings, except for days of the month that end in 4 or 9.
I want to encourage everyone to attend as many sittings as possible and to complete the online Ango Practice Pledge Form. The forms will also be available in the Sangha room.
The ango will end with a seven-day sesshin which I hope you will attend.