This sutra is a commemoration of the great masters.
Master Nyojo was a demanding and rigourous person. One day, during the course of a sesshin, Dogen had a great shock.
The European Zen Center in Amsterdam organice a sesshin led by Master Soko Leroux. The teachings will be translated into Dutch. The sesshin starts with the arrival of the master on Friday evening with a joined meal and ends on in the afternoon on Sunday 15 with a celebrity lunch.
This sutra, which closes the ceremony, is recited as a sign of gratitude to the buddahs and the patriarchs. The Ji ho San Shi is generally done together with sampaï, three prostrations.
This sutra is a universal invocation wishing that all sentient beings should awaken to the Way of the Budhha. The Fueko is recited at the time of the short evening cermeony which closes the day.
Dogen was born in 1200, in Uji, close to Kyoto.
This short sutra represents the ideal of the bodhisattva consisting of it's four fundamental vows, whose first vow - to save all sentient beings - contains the other three.
Called the Heart Sutra because it represents the heart of the great wisdom, it was written between the first and the sixth century A.D. Common to all the different forms of budhhism, it is certainly the most well known of the sutras.
Also called the Kesa sutra, the Takkesa Ge is sung as a sign of veneration for the kesa, the Buddha's robe. Before putting on the kesa, we place it above us, on our head, silently reciting the Takkesa Ge three times.
Mahayana Buddhism spawned numerous sutras. Some are especially alive because they are still recited every morning after zazen - in all dojos.
Opening period between the Spring camp, the Assumption sesshin and the 2014 summer camp.
One and a half days of intensive practice of zazen on November the 23th and 24th at the European Zen Center. This sesshin will be led by zen Master Barbara Kosen, visiting our dojo for the second time. Inscriptions & info: www.zen-deshimaru.nl
Spontaneous expressions captured "live" by the river at the zen temple Yujo Nyusanji at the end of the summer camp 2013.
Since 1987 zen monk Jean Bélanger worked with glass in his studio Verrerie Coquelicot in Quebec ,Canada. He create fused glass and blown glass works of art.