Rogue One, A Meditation Story. Meditation News: May 7 – May 13

Monday, May 7th, 7pm-9pm, at North Church 
300 N Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
Donation Based Sitting

Monday Night with Annette. Join our official MBSR instructor Annette for two rounds of sitting and two rounds with walking. Class friendly for all levels! If you ask nicely, she’ll guide you through the hokey pokey and help you turn it all around. Because that’s what its all about!

Wednesday, May 9th, 7pm-9pm, at North Church 
300 N Forest Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
Donation Based Sitting

Wednesday Night Meditation. Join Phil for two rounds of sitting, two rounds of walking, and one round of suffering! We will experiment with discussion group tonight, so come with something dharma-y to discuss, or we will sit in a circle and stare at each other in awkward silence! The silence may or may not be noble or golden, but suffering is guaranteed!

Sunday, May 13th, 6:30pm-8pm, at EMW (East Meets West Yoga) at the Foundry
1738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
Donation Based Sitting

Join our Meditation Guru Kevin for two rounds of sitting and walking, followed by dharmic reflections. Prepare your loving kindness orb for a charging! By the time you are done with this sitting, your loving kindness orb will shine so brightly that the people around you will need eclipse glasses! Disclaimer: For safety reasons please do not look directly at anyone’s loving kindness orb without eclipse glasses, even if you are a sitting President.

A message from the Buffalo Zen Community:
The Buffalo Zen Dharma Community PresentsGeoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery & Zen Center of NYC

May 17th & 18th, 2018

Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center

1064 Brighton Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150
Lecture: Loving Kindness: A Talk on the Metta Sutta
Thursday, May 17th 7:00-9:00 PM ($15 donation*)Discussion: The Unexpected Gift of Karma
Friday, May 18th 7:00-9:00 PM ($15 donation*)
Loving Kindness: A Talk on the Metta Sutta
Loving Kindness is both a natural and cultivated aspect of selfless compassion, which together with wisdom into the real nature of all things, form the heart of Buddhist teaching and practice. Taught by the Buddha, this simple and profound teaching offers practical guidance and deep insight into the path of the enlightened life. In this talk, Shugen Roshi will teach on the Metta Sutta and then invite questions to help further examine and clarify its meaning.Copies of the text will be available at the lecture or download here.Before the lecture, 6:30-6:55pm, Shugen Roshi will offer Zen meditation instructions to those who are interested.

The Unexpected Gift of Karma
This discussion is open to everyone, regardless of prior experience with Buddhist practice. The discussion will be on Karma, the profound teaching on cause and effect, and it’s importance in everyday practice.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. • Discounts available–financial hardship will never be a barrier to participation.

Weekly Taste of Dharma

“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.

The immature who know they are immature have a little wisdom. But the immature who look on themselves as wise are utterly foolish.

The immature are their own enemies, doing selfish deeds which will bring them sorrow. That deed is selfish which brings remorse and suffering in its wake.

Sweet are selfish deeds to the immature until they see the results; when they see the results they suffer.

As fresh milk needs time to curdle, a selfish deed takes time to bring sorrow in its wake.

The immature go after false prestige–precedence, power, and praise. Choose the path that leads to nirvana; avoid the road to profit and pleasure, and strive always for wisdom.”

-The Immature, from The Dhammapada