San’un Zendo Sesshin in Kamakura

Zen Center Manila’s teacher Elda Perez attended the San’un Zendo’s 190th sesshin in Kamakura, Japan held from July 11-16, 2018. The zen retreat was led by Sanbo Zen International Abbot Yamada Ryoun Roshi.

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Beginning Zen Orientation

May 20 Beginning Zen Orientation

Participants of the recently concluded Beginning Zen Orientation held at the UP Bonsai Garden Meditation Center, Diliman, QC. The 3-part weekend orientation was conducted for those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with Zen Center Manila. This orientation workshop provided an introduction to Zen
theory, discipline and, most importantly, Zen practice.

Beginning Zen Orientation

 

Beginning Zen: An Introduction to Zen Practice. An orientation for new comers who are beginning their Zen practice was held at the UP Bonsai Garden on May 6, 2018. The first session of a three-part weekend series is given to anyone interested in exploring Zen as a contemporary meditation practice-path.

The course is structured over a 3 week period and aims to convey a theoretical and practical understanding of Zen, within a lay context. Each Sunday session consists of an informal talk as well as an opportunity for practice with our regular Zen Center Manila or UP Bonsai Garden sitting group, which includes zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation).

CHR finds its Zen

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Zen Meditation Group at the CHR

Zen Meditation was introduced to the staff of the Commission on Human Rights in UP Diliman, QC. April 25, 2018.

Enough examples can show how mindfulness can cause individual and small group changes; but the question is: can you transform societies and build up populations completely committed to respect human rights? The answer is yes, according to PhD Maria Cheung, Professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

“Meditative practice can help integrate personal, collective and social transformation to uphold justice and to protect the human rights of all people of faith; and it importantly engages peaceful resistance. The development of greater self-awareness and self-regulation from mindfulness awakens a new mode of knowing and changes in thoughts and feelings are experienced,”

Those who follow mindfulness engage in greater social activism in contrast to those who refuse to accept the existence of benefits and gains in satisfaction for those who engage in a type of meditation.

Sr. Elaine MacInnes at 94.

Sr. Elaine MacInnes (b.1924) celebrates her 94th birthday in Toronto, Canada. She learned the Art of Zen from Zen masters in Japan and became a master herself, later working with convicts in prison in the Philippines.

In 1976, Sr. Elaine was assigned to the Philippines and began teaching Zen first with as small group of mostly nuns, and gradually with lay people who began hearing about “this Canadian nun teaching Zen meditation.”

 

Beginning Zen: Introduction to Zen Practice

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The Beginning Zen seminars will introduce you to Zen meditation (ZAZEN). The sessions are intended for the new practitioner or student who wants a foundation and experiential background in Zen. These sessions will include short periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindfulness and informal talks relating to actual Zen practice.

Dates:

Last Saurdays of the month: April 28, 2018. Seminar venue: Heroes Hills Zen Center Manila from 1pm – 5:30pm. For reservations contact: Ruth David: Mobile– 09175330733 email:  rbdavid2013@gmail.com

2018 CALENDAR RELEASED

Zazenkai Schedule
DATE
DAY
TIME
VENUE
January 17
Wednesday
Jiki: Lulu Ignacio
5-7pm
UP Bonsai Garden
January 21
Sunday
Yin Yoga
Tony Perlas Sensei Extended  Zazenkai
Teisho by Elda sensei
Jiki: Lulu Ignacio         Jisha: Zos Lee
Renewal of Commitment
                                             7:30 – 8:30am
9am-3pm
Heroes Hills
For those attending yoga, kindly be at the zendo by 7:15amand bring your yoga mat.
830am samu /12nn lunch
Merienda
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULE
JANUARY
January 27
Beginning Zen (an introduction to Zen) from 1-5:30pm at Heroes Hills zendo.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with the facilitator, Ruth David at 09088727680 or email her at rbdavid2013@gmail.com
                  January 27-28
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat. Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
FEBRUARY
February 24
Beginning Zen (an introduction to Zen) from 1-5:30pm at Heroes Hills zendo.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with the facilitator, Ruth David at 09088727680 or email her at rbdavid2013@gmail.com
MARCH
                             March 3-4
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat weekend sesshin.  Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
March 16-21
Kamakura sesshin
                          March 23-28
Holy Week sesshin. Venue is at the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio. Fo  interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com. More details to follow.
March 24
Beginning Zen (an introduction to Zen) from 1-5:30pm at Heroes Hills zendo.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with the facilitator, Ruth David at 09088727680 or email her at rbdavid2013@gmail.com
APRIL
April 28
Beginning Zen (an introduction to Zen) from 1-5:30pm at Heroes Hills zendo.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with the facilitator, Ruth David at 09088727680 or email her at rbdavid2013@gmail.com
MAY
Orientation Workshop?
                              May 5-6
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat. Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
May 6, 13,20
Orientation Workshop to be facilitated by Lisa Pilapil at the UP Bonsai Garden from 9am – 4pm. Kindly share this information with your friends, colleagues and family members who might be interested to learn about zen.  For interested participants they may get in touch with Lisa Pilapil at 09205709709 or lisa.pilapil@gmail.com.
May 23-27
Iloilo Zen Center sesshin.  More details to follow
JUNE
                             June 2-3
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat weekend sesshin.  Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
JULY
                                        July 7-8
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat.  Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
                                             July 12-15
Zen Center Manila’s 4th Anniversary Sesshin.  More details to follow.
July 18-22
Baguio Zen Center’s 26th Anniversary Sesshin.  More details to follow.
AUGUST
August
Kenshukai , Weyarn, Germany
SEPTEMBER
Sept 1-2
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat weekend sesshin.  Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
OCTOBER
Oct 6-7
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat.  Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
Oct 6,13, 21
Orientation to be facilitated by Lulu Ignacio. More details to follow
Oct 26-28
Davao-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat Sesshin.  Details to follow
NOVEMBER
Nov 10-11
Baguio Sangha – Beginners Mind Zen Retreat weekend sesshin.  Venue is at the Tea House of the ICM House of Prayer, Baguio.  For interested participants kindly get in touch with Rudi Tabora at 09194271806 or email him at ruditabora@gmail.com
Nov 28-Dec 6
 Shobogenzo sesshin with John Gaynor sensei to  Celebrating the  42nd Anniversary of Zen in the Philippines.  More details to follow.
DECEMBER
Dec 7-8 or   7-9
Yaza to celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment.  More details to follow.
December 16
Last zazenkai for the year from 9am -12 noon followed by a Christmas Thanksgiving Lunch and get together from 12noon – 4pm.