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 2018 "The Dharma of Death"

 

Practices for Ango

  • Increase zazen
  • Daily Home Liturgy (click to download PDF)
  • Participate in a Sangha Circle
  • Choose a daily task to do mindfully day after day -- brushing teeth, washing dishes, putting on shoes, turning key in ignition.
  • Attend Ango Workshops.
  • Attend as much sesshin as possible.

 

Texts

The Five Remembrances

{I am of the nature to grow old;}  
There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health;
There is no way to escape having ill health.

I am of the nature to die;
There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature of change;
There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My deeds are my closest companions;  
I am the beneficiary of my deeds;  
My deeds are the ground on which I stand.
(repeat 3x)



The Evening Gata

Let me respectfully remind you:
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to Awaken... 
Awaken! Take heed!
Do not squander your life.

 

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