Taizan Gendo and the A-town Sangha
Taizan Gendo and the A-town Sangha
In this dharma talk I play a poem by Palestinian-American Naomi Shihab Nye called “Kindness.” This trait of action and heart is one of three characteristics of well being, developed through our meditation and practice, most likely to lead to skillfulness in making changes that are truly wise.
Tonight, a dharma talk I gave last year called "I Choose to be HERE." It addresses a very human tendency--wanting to be elsewhere: "Even in Kyoto--I LONG for Kyoto"...so slow down in movement, light a candle, incense...Listen and then let's do 30 minutes of Zen meditation (TWA), for the whole world.
Tonight's "Monday night @ 7pm" Zen meditation recording is a practice BEFORE sitting practice--walk outside and "Look Up." The effect can be quite vivid and a relief from the self-centered view we mainly practice in our daily life. Meditating selflessly can be primed with this practice. Try it see!
For tonight (Monday, May 11, 2020) I recorded the" Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra" (Great Wisdom Beyond Wisdom Heart Sutra) and the "Metta Sutta" (Loving-Kindness Sutta), followed by a recommendation to sit a silent Zazen meditation for 20-30 minutes. Let the words wash over you, and join in!
Ritual before Zazen on Monday nights at 7pm with the A-town sangha TWA (together while apart). Purifying hands in Tsukubai, lighting incense, ringing bells at my home temple—a combination of beautiful Shinto and Buddhist rituals before sitting for the whole world... and after viewing, tonight’s recorded meditation is next audio recording down: "A Guided Wheel of Awareness Meditation"... (Posted May 5, 2020)
This guided meditation is based on the "Wheel of Awareness" meditation visualization found in Dr. Dan Seigal's book "Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence." Re-Posted May 4, 2020
For this Monday's (4.27.20) A-town sangha posting, here is a "walk and talk" on a levee in the beautiful Pajaro Valley... and after listening to the dharma talk below, at 7pm let's do 20 minutes TWA (together while apart) of a silent Zen meditation (shikantaza)... Need more? Scroll down and re-do the "15 Minutes of Quiet Mind, Open Heart" meditation. And don't forget our advanced meditation practice: a welcoming smile...
Make a cup of tea, then light a candle, place a fresh flower in a vase, your laptop or phone next to your cushion, bench, or chair, and play the recording...
Re-posted April 20, 2020 -- queue it up AFTER listening to "The Benefits of Practicing in a Storm"...
Find a quiet place to sit with these anytime, day or night. Light a candle, place a fresh flower in a vase, your laptop or phone next to you, and play the recording...Also-- for 50+ more dharma talks click on our SoundCloud site [link above]
From April 5, 2020
During these times of Quarantine and Shelter-in-place I invite everyone to sit TWA--together while apart--by setting up your laptop or phone to listen to the guided meditations I will continue to post above and the dharma talks on our Sound Cloud site (soundcloud.com/taizangendo). You can also personally message me at Taizangendo@gmail.com Let me know what you would like to hear from me, and if these offerings are "on the mark."
How did the name "Wild Country Zen" come about? I think of "Wild" as the true, boundless, wordless state of nature; "Country" is meant to signify an open, healing spaciousness, a joyful "allowing" of our true buddha-nature to emerge; "Zen" of course is my Buddhist lineage. I am a guiding teacher of meditation and dharma with the A-Town Sangha in Aromas, California, and sangha member of the Jikoji Zen Meditation Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I hope you enjoy the name "Wild Country Zen" as much as I do--it always makes me smile! Let's see how it manifests going forward. Come walk this path with us and see... -- Taizan Gendo
My own path in Zen began in earnest in 1989 with the winter residential practice (Ango) period at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and my first teacher, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, who set me on a 30 year path. In 2009, I received the Jukai precepts and lay ordination, and was given the name "Taizan Gendo" (meaning "peaceful mountain, subtle way") from Eiko Carolyn Atkinson, a dharma heir of Kobun Chino Otagowa Roshi. In 2018 I was ordained a Zen priest in Kobun's Phoenix Cloud lineage by Jikoji Zen Meditation Center's guiding teacher, Shoho Michael Newhall. I have come to love this practice. I hope to be a skillful vehicle in sharing it with all sentient beings...
Please contact me at Taizangendo@gmail.com with your email to receive updates when talks and scheduled events will be resumed. For nearly 2 years, we had been meeting Monday's at 7pm in the Aromas Water District Conference room at 388 Blohm Ave Aromas. With the shelter-in-place order, that has ended for the time being...