Oxford Soto Zen
What is a Dharma Talk?

     It is a talk, usually including Q & A, given by a Buddhist teacher, who illuminates some immediate aspect of our lives through the application of Buddha's Teachings (The Dharma).
In the Soto Zen lineage, Dharma talks are only given by ordained priests and fully transmitted Roshis.


News and EvenTS

>SATURDAY, March 3

        > 6:00 – 8:50AM:   Six Zazen periods interspersed with Kinhinas usual.

        > 8:50AM:  Full Service Introducing the Prajna Paramita Chant

                       NOTE:  AKA "Heart of Wisdom, " this is the fundamental text chanted regularly

                                   in Buddhist Temples and practice centers all over the world.         

                                 (See Text on "Dharma Texts" page.

        > 9:00AM:  Break

        > 9:10AM:  Avallokiteshvara's Birthday Celebration, featuring

                           >  Symbolic "Dana" Ceremony

                           >  The Legend of how Avalokiteshvara Received His/Her 1,000 Arms

                                (Group reading)

        > 10:00 - 10:45AM:  Brunch, including Introduction to the Tradition of Oryoki

                           INVITATION:  Bring some cut or dried fruit to serve each other

                                                  in the traditional manner, if you wish.

        >  10:45:  Lunch Soji (cleanup)


>SUNDAY, March 4

        > 5:00 - 6:00PM:  Dharma Reads book club: Kosho Uchiyama's Opening fhe Hand of
First chapter(s).

>SATURDAY, March 10
        >10:00AM:  DHARMA TALK:  Buddhist Compassion (following meditation, 9:00-9:50)

>THURSDAY, March 22
        > 6:00 - 7:00AM:   Added Weekly Session. We now offer meditation 
                                      BOTH TUESDAYS  & THURSDAYS, 6:00 - 7:00AM.

>SATURDAY, March 24
        > 10:00-11:00AM:  Core Support for Zazen & Life, Class #3, "Breath & Attention"
This is the 3rd class in a 5-part series.  These classes may be taken in
                                  any order.

>SATURDAY, March 31
        >8:00 - 9:00AM:  Meditation
        >9:00 - 10:00AM:  Sangha Meeting
        >10:00 - 11:00AM:  "HOJO ONLINE"  Michael Elliston Roshi, Abbot of Atlanta Soto Zen
                                       Center, will lead a Sangha Discussion via Telephone Conference.
                                       Please have your questions ready for him.





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