“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?”
- Master Yung-chia
— "Song of Realizing the Way" from The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader
Spring Ango 2020
Master Yung-chia's Song of Realizing the Way
Sunday March 15, 2020 - Sunday May 31, 2020
During this Spring Ango (what is 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). Paper copies of the text of the poem will be available as readings at Temple services.
The book also includes rich biographical information and footnotes, as well as readings from many other Zen ancestors. Rinsen and Do’on highly recommend the entire book as a companion for all students of the way during this Ango and beyond. You can look for the book at your local library or bookshop, or buy a copy online from Amazon Smile to support the Temple.
“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?”
During Ango, students will deeply engage with 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!)
Special Events for Ango
Ango begins with a lively ceremony on Sunday March 15 at 11 AM. Everyone is welcome to attend -- and Ango Opening is a great time to make your first visit to the Temple. Come early for an Introduction to Zen meditation at 10:15 AM.
Thursday, March 12 @ 5:30PM — Sunday, March 15 @ 12:30PM
Ango Opening Sesshin
Sunday, March 15 @ 11:00AM
Spring Ango Opening Ceremony
Saturday, March 28 @ 2:00PM — 5:00PM
Mindful Politics and the Practice of Loving Kindness Workshop
Saturday, May 30 @ 11:00AM — 12:30PM
Spring Ango Closing Ceremony