From Ango Opening to the culminating ceremony of Shuso Hossen, Summer Ango 2022 unfolded in a spirit of grace, discipline, and harmony set by Head Trainee Lurleen Honshin Benzian. Truly a “peaceful dwelling” for Ango participants, the training period concluded with Honshin’s successful defense of her koan, “Hogen’s Hairsbreadth,” Case 17 in the Shoyoroku. […]
After a year’s postponement due to COVID-19 precautions, Head Trainee Jody Kujaku Glienke presided over Shuso Hossen in July 2021 at the culmination of Summer Ango. Local sangha members were joined online by those at a distance as she presented a dharma talk and lively defense of her koan. [slideshow_deploy id=’8840′]
Little Rufus Delacruz charmed the sangha with his pure presence when parents Julie Honmei Snider and Angelo Delacruz brought him to the center for a baby blessing by Nyogen Roshi. Before the ceremony concluded, Rufus was given a miniature mala (and had stolen the hearts of everyone). [slideshow_deploy id=’8868′]
In gratitude to William Nyogen Yeo Roshi for allowing me to have the opportunity to work with him as Head Trainee this Ango period. Thank you to Shelly Mushoku Cao for all of the planning and organization that she continually provides to our Sangha. And finally, thank you to the Hazy Moon Sangha for their friendship and support.
May I cause no harm to sentient beings. May I honor the Dharma appropriately.
Wisdom teachings are fascinating things. They may not appear to be special. They are never complicated. They can sound so ordinary that we don’t even hear them or grant them consideration. But like seeds, they burrow into us and one day surface in full bloom. Only then are we ready to appreciate them. Here are Maezumi’s Three Admonitions, which you’re not likely to find elsewhere…
Maezumi Roshi answers the question, “How do we open ourselves to wisdom?”
Transcribed from a recording made in July 1993.
Services introduce the aspect of ritual into our practice. Specifically, a “service” consists of a chant, performed in front of the altar, to transmit the energy, intention and benefit of our practice into the world we inhabit. In one way, rituals are an external expression of our inner state. At the same time, we strengthen and reinforce our inner state by the external chant. The service brings together what we think of as “inside” and “outside” into a unified whole.
At the Hazy Moon, we use many Zen terms carried forward from ancient monastic practice. Here is a glossary of words and phrases that you may encounter when you practice in a Zendo. Explanations of other Zen ceremonies and activities are found on our Practice & Traditions page. Buddha – Literally, “awake.” Also refers to […]
Hanamatsuri is our annual commemoration of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth. The name literally means festival of the flowers. We mark the occasion by creating an altar of fresh flowers and holding a special service…
Kinhin is walking meditation. At the Hazy Moon, we perform kinhin in between periods of zazen, or seated meditation. Kinhin is a continuation of practice that also refreshes your legs after sitting and gives you an opportunity to exit and re-enter the zendo if needed. A period of kinhin lasts 10 minutes. It begins with […]
The tradition of Ango (which means “peaceful dwelling” in Japanese) began with the original Buddhist sangha that formed around Shakyamuni in the early years of his teaching in northern India.
Hazy Moon Priest Laurie Kyoji Anderson’s love of animals and deep respect for ceremony gave birth to our annual Pet Blessing a decade ago. Some Sangha members bring their pets to the outdoor event while others bring photos to place on the altar. By offering chants, incense and flowers, and by reciting the names of our pets, we are acting on their behalf to liberate them from suffering and bring them to great joy.