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

> Kido will lead OSZ's second Ikebana Workshop February 9, 11:15AM - 1:00PM in the zendo.  Although considered an adjunct to zen practice, this Japanese Art of floral arrangement embodies its major characteristic of infinite individual examples based on strict deep structure. 
   This particular session introduces basic Upright Moribana Style.
   There is no fee for the workshop, but participants must bring their own required materials:
        * At least 3 types of flowers to share, in a holding vase;
        * A 3" diameter Kenzan (Japanese "Frog");
        * Floral shears or scissors;
        * A Suban - type vase:  shallow with low sides, like a pie plate.
> Check out the 6 Sky Haiku posted in January!  They come down at the end of this month.  Meanwhile, please submit new ones for February.

> "Core Support for Zazen & Life" classes continue for Winter & Spring.  This Series of 5 posture lessons can be taken in any order.  Their purpose is to enhance awareness and ease in the meditation posture, which carries over into life.








Why do Zen Buddhists meditate for such lengthy periods? 




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