Ango is a time of increased focus on our vow to fully Awaken for the sake of all beings. Intensification of our zazen, Buddhist practice and participation in the life of the sangha has its roots in the earliest gatherings of the Buddha's disciples. During the rainy seasons in India some 2,600 years ago, mendicant followers of the Buddha would seek shelter in caves for 90 days, and there they would practice and study together with their teacher. Along with Zen communities across the world, we continue a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition.
 
Ango includes our daily practice at home and in our daily lives as well as formal training at the Temple and retreat. 


Spring Ango 2019

Practicing the Way:

Using All the Ingredients of Your Life as Practice-Realization

Sunday March 3 - Sunday May 19

During this Spring Ango, Rinsen Sensei will lead the Sangha and visitors in exploring the nature of what it means to practice all aspects of our lives as Dharma, how to take up these practices within our Sangha, and how to take them out into the world at large.

The text for this ango is On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind by Taizan Maezumi and Bernie Glassman. You can look for the book at your local library or bookshop, or buy a copy online from Amazon Smile to support the Temple.

During Ango, students intensify their bodhisattva practice (how do I intensify my practice?), work on the Ango topic together at themed events, and meet up at Sangha members' homes to work on the theme together at Sangha Circles (Sangha Circles Registration here!)

 

Spring Ango 2019 Events

Spring Ango Opening Ceremony
@ the Temple. Mar. 3, Sunday 11am-12:30pm.
Drop-ins welcome. Free and open to the public.
Beginning instruction at 10:15am for first time visitors.
Sign-up for the potluck here!

Ango Workshop: Dōgen's Fukanzazengi
@ the Temple. Mar. 9, Saturday 2 - 5pm
Drop-ins welcome, Facebook RSVP appreciated.
Free and open to the public. 

March Ango Opening Sesshin
@ the Farm. Mar. 14-17, Thursday 6pm - Sunday 12:30pm.
Advance registration required.

Ango Workshop: Practicing Lineage
@ the Temple. Mar. 23, Saturday 2 - 5pm.
Drop-ins welcome. Event does not include lunch.

April Commuter Teaching Retreat
@ the Temple. Apr. 9-13, Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 5pm daily. 
Drop-ins welcome. Registration required to participate in vegan, gluten-free community lunch.
Register here!

April Sesshin
@ the Farm. Mar. 18-21, Thursday 6pm - Sunday 12:30pm.
Advance registration required.

Ango Workshop: White Tara Protection
Activating the Protection Rims of White Tara
@ the Temple. Apr. 27, Saturday 2 - 5pm.
Drop-ins welcome.

May Ango Closing Sesshin
@ the Farm. May. 13-19, Thursday 6pm - Sunday 12:30pm. 
Advance registration required.

Spring Ango Closing Ceremony
Drop-ins welcome. Free and open to the public.
Beginning instruction at 10:15am for first time visitors.

 

Guidance on Intensifying Your Practice for Ango

Every Sangha member's practice is different. You know your own situation best. Find a meaningful and workable way to deepen your practice for the next 90 days. For inspiration, here are some ways many Sangha members have engaged with Ango in the past.

- Visit the Temple in person for the first time (or the first time in a long time).
- Set up a home altar and care for it.
- Recite the Daily Liturgy at home every day.
- Take up daily zazen, and if you already have a daily zazen practice add some time.
- Attend more Temple services than usual, and make a commitment to attend in advance.
- Attend sesshin. Come for a morning or an afternoon, or the whole retreat.
- Meet the Teachers for dokusan on Wednesday evenings and at sesshin. Dokusan is a one-on-one interview for guidance about your Zen practice.
- Participate in a Sangha Circle. Sign Up Here!
- Take up an art project around the Ango theme and share your work-in-progress and final pieces with the Sangha: a haiku each day, photography, calligraphy, song, dance, and so on.
- Attend some or all of the special Ango Events listed below!