December 16, 2011

The Rinzai Zen Community

For some time now we've been using the name "Rinzai Zen Community" for the network of practice groups and practitioners anchored by Korinji and Daiyuzenji.  Now RZC has its own site:  http://www.rinzaizen.org.

While the Daiyuzenji and Korinji sites will remain focused on the events and doings of each temple, the RZC site is evolving to be the main resource for our sangha's members.  A password-protected page provides access to various practice aids- instructional videos, downloadable docs, a "Contact a Teacher" function, and so on - for our members only.  Our first batch of videos, including clips instructing basic zazen and breathing, will be posted shortly.

If you currently donate regularly to Daiyuzenji, Korinji or one of our practice groups, congratulations:  you're already an RZC member.  Go to the RZC site, click on "Become a Member", fill out the information and RZC will register you.

If you're not currently a member please take a look at the RZC site.  We're excited to see our community grow and hope that RZC will serve to open our practice to many, many others...distant as well as near.

December 13, 2011

Korinji stove, doors

Two shots from our last work weekend in November.  Greg Dekker, Jim Mills and myself were on site at Korinji to accomplish several things:  high on our list were a final battening down of the work site before winter and some cleanup following a violent windstorm which had dropped some trees across the property.  But more exciting:  our zendo wood burning stove and our Amish-built main doors were all ready to install.

The stove is rated to heat up to 2500 square feet...more than enough for this space.  The latest wood burners are small and extremely efficient.  It barely fills one corner of the main space but puts out a surprising amount of heat.  With insulation and ceiling fans we'll be in good shape.

Our doors are 8' red oak, crafted by Abe Bontrager from LaValle, WI.  Finished locally, they came out beautifully.  Here is a view of the mounted doors from the inside.  It was too dark by the time we were finished to get many good outside shots, but we'll remedy that soon.

We're in the midst of setting next year's work schedule at Korinji and will announce it shortly.

December 5, 2011

Rohatsu lecture in Chicago

The Japanese word Rohatsu literally means the 8th day of the 12th month.  This day is the one traditionally viewed as marking the attainment of enlightenment by Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha.  Across the Zen world, practitioners are undertaking a period of particularly rigorous training this week to commemorate this event.  It culminates with the rising of the morning star on the 8th.

A public Zen lecture will be offered at Daiyuzenji temple in Chicago on the evening of the 8th (this Thursday) by So'zan Miller Roshi, the Daiyuzenji abbot.  Please join us!  Start time is 7:15pm, and the suggested donation is $10.  Tea will be served.

If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to:  info@daiyuzenji.org.