The naked truth of spiritual transformation is that if we don’t change our lives ourselves, nothing will change them for us.”

Lama Surya Das


Fall Ango 2019

The Bodhisattva's Perfections:

10 Practices to Transform Your Life

Sunday September 1, 2019 - Sunday November 17, 2019

During this Fall Ango (what is Ango?), we will explore the ten paramitas (perfections) in depth: 

Moral Discipline
Joyful effort
Skillful means
Unshakeable Vow
Spiritual Powers
Awakened Awareness

These paramitas are the entire code of behavior for bodhisattvas as we walk the path of awakening in this suffering world. How do we engage and manifest these transformational practices that are innate to us all and that connect us all? How do we manifest who we really are? 

The text for this ango is Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living by Lama Surya Das. 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 (registration coming soon!)

Upcoming Events

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.
- 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 above!

What is Ango?

Ango is a time of increased focus on our vow to fully Awaken for the sake of all beings. This period of ontensification 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.