To study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
~Dogen Zenji

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Beauty Day - Leave No Trace!

We have been practicing Leave No Trace (LNT) for a long time. LNT is the practice of leaving things as we find them. When we use the kitchen or the Dharma Hall or a camping spot, leave it as clean as you found it.

The Beauty Way takes things one step further. We learned about the Beauty Way from the Ojai Foundation. The practice of the Beauty Way is to leave things BETTER than you found it. So after using a space, do something a little extra (get the cob web off the wall or pull one weed)

Most of the Last Saturdays of the month will be scheduled for Beauty Day, with a few exceptions. We usually take two hours to beautify the Zen Center. We do gardening, cleaning and whatever needs to be done to. If you'd like to participate but can't work in the garden, let us know and we will find lighter work practice for you!

Schedule of Events:

  • 9am- 10am: Zazen(sitting meditation) in the Auxilary Zendo @ 2727 Highland Avenue.

  • 10am - noon: Garden weeding pulling in the back.

  • Noon: Lunch Break

If you would like to participate or have questions please contact Richard Kozan Cummings: or you can just show up!

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