Sweeping Heart Zen Meditation and Reading Discussion: Exploring the Doctrine of Dependent Arising

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Date(s) - 10/12/2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church


Please join the Rev.  Daishin Mark Nelson and Sweeping Heart Zen for meditation and a lively and informative discussion on what many Dharma teachers and traditions view as the Buddha’s most foundational and liberating insight. That is, that all beings and things arise, endure, and cease based on numberless other conditions.  This liberating insight is called Dependent Origination, Co-dependent Arising, Dependent Arising, Inter-being, even Emptiness.

One who sees dependent arising sees the Dharma; One who sees the Dharma sees dependent arising. ~Gautama Buddha

From week-to-week our discussions will be based on a short reading that focuses on the meaning and use of the doctrine of Dependent Origination in Buddhist practice. The reading will be available either as a pdf or as a hard photocopy to everyone who is interested in doing the reading and in preparing for the discussion in advance.  Of course, everyone is welcome to attend whether or not they have done the reading for the week.

Dependent arising is one of the most important teachings of the Buddha. ~the Dali Lama

The weekly readings  have been chosen to illuminate how various teachers and traditions think of and use the doctrine of Dependent Arising in practice.  The readings will be from books, articles, and talks by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Dali Lama, Thupten Chodron, John R. Holder, Jay L. Garfield, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, and others in the Pali and Sanskrit traditions of Buddhism.

Interdependent Co-Arising (pratiya samutpada, literally “in dependence, things rise up”) is a deep and wonderful teaching, the foundation of all of Buddhist study and practice. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

One is encouraged to come for the 20-minute guided meditation beginning at 6:30 PM (please be at least 5-minutes early for this) and stay for the whole evening.  Also, one is free to arrive just before 7:00 (please be at least 5-minutes early) when Mark will offer his thoughts on the reading and then open the remaining time for questions and a facilitated discussion of the reading.

If you would like a pdf of the weekly reading in advance, please send your request to info@sweepingheartzen.org

We meet in the Williams Room at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. Please enter the building through the door at 10 Church Street. Everyone is welcome.

Our suggested donation for this evening is between $1 and $10.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.