VIRTUAL-ONLY Ango Opening Ceremony
Spring Ango 2020 Theme: “Song of Realizing the Way”
“Haven’t you met someone seasoned in the Way of Ease, A person with nothing to do and nothing to master, Who neither rejects thought nor seeks truth?” -- Yung-chia “Song of Realizing the Way”
During this Ango, Zen Teachers Rinsen and Do’on will lead the sangha in an exploration of the “Song of Realizing the Way” by 8th century Zen master Yung-chia.
Throughout Ango, we will use the translation in the “Yung-chia” chapter of The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader (Foster, Nelson, and Jack Shoemaker, editors. “Yung-Chia.” The Roaring Stream: a New Zen Reader, Ecco Press, 1996, pp. 22–31.) Rinsen and Do’on highly recommend this book as a companion for all students of the way during this Ango and beyond. It is widely available in libraries and from booksellers.
“Opening the eyes of wisdom, gaining powers to save others -- these come only when you realize the inconceivable. It’s not difficult to see the reflections in a mirror, but can you take hold of the moon in the water?”
Ango is a time of deep engagement with our vow to fully Awaken for the sake of all beings. During this Ango, we will take great care with our bodhisattva practice, including home practice, sesshin practice, and participation in the life of the sangha.
Ango 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.