Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of our temple to the public, Saturday’s temple service can now be attended online via zoom HERE.
5 different teachers from our temple will rotate through giving dharma talks each week
We encourage you to continue a daily practice at home, please see below for a sample schedule for holding temple by yourself or with you family.
Simple Sangha Practice – a simple way to keep the group practice
going for an individual
I will miss our Sangha meditations. Let us hope the virus pandemic passes quickly and that we all remain healthy. Following Buddha’s teachings, please do not think of the virus as good or bad. Think rather that it is part of the great sufferings in life (Duhkha or Dukkha). Let us focus our thought on loving kindness and well wishing for ourselves and others. -Thay Kozen
I would encourage all of us to keep up our practice of meditation and mindful practices.
Below are our basic practices for our Trinity group practice:
Take a deep breath. What am I thinking right now? What is my fear? What is my hope?
⊕Chant Of Compassion:
We surround all forms of life with infinite love and compassion.
Especially, do we send out compassionate thoughts to those in suffering and sorrow,
to those in doubt and ignorance,
to all who are striving to attain truth, and
to those whose feet stand close to the great change called death, we send forth all wisdom, mercy and love.
⊕ May the infinite light of wisdom and compassion so shine within us that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled. So shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.
May I be Well, May I be Happy
May I know Love, May I know Peace
May you be Well, May you be Happy
May you know Love, May you know Peace
Start out by holding your right hand over the center of your chest, then place your left hand over your right one and gently hug your chest.
Then say the above sentences. Think of yourself as you say the “May I …” Then think of a loved one (or one easy to love) as you say the “May you…” Next think of someone unknown to you and say “May you…” Then to cleanse your heart, think of someone who has caused you pain or distress and repeat the “May you…” Next think of all beings of fur, feather, scale and skin and say “May you…”Finally we return to ourselves and say “May I…”
The Buddha tells us – What we think we become.
⊕ Body, breath, and mind held in perfect oneness, I send my heart along with the sound of this bell. May the hearers awaken from forgetfulness and transcend the path of anxiety and sorrow
⊕ Listen, listen, this wonderful sound brings me back to my true home.
Meditation (Use The 3 Breaths To Start Your Meditation, then sit for 25 minutes)
Breathing In “I know I am breathing in”
Breathing Out “I know I am breathing out”
Breathing In “I am aware of the breath in my body”
Breathing Out “I am aware of the breath in my body”
Breathing In “I calm my body”
Breathing Out “I calm my body”
Meditate for 25 to 30 min.
Offering Of Merit
⊕ May the merit of this penetrate into each thing in all places,
so that we and every sentient being together, can realize the Buddha’s way. (3X)
⊕ All Buddhas throughout space and time, All Bodhisattvas (one who is on the path of awakening or destined to become a Buddha), Mahasattvas (Great Beings), wisdom beyond Wisdom, Maha Prajna Paramita (the great perfected way of seeing the nature of reality).
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammasambuddhassa