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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Day of Reflection



Once a month (close to the full moon) we do a Day of Reflection which is an adaptation of the ancient Fusatsu or renewing of vows ceremony. We start the day of reflection by chanting the precepts and resolving to focus on one precept for the day. In the evening we do a modified Fusatsu ceremony including a circle. During the circle we have a chance to share our experience and insight that came with the day of reflection.

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PRECEPT FOR EACH MONTH

January 30, 2013


Non-killing, not leading a harmful life nor encouraging others to do so. I will recognize that I am not separate from all that is. I will live in harmony with all life and the environment which sustains it.

February 27, 2013


Non-stealing. I will be satisfied with what I have. I will freely give, ask for, and accept what is needed.

March 27, 2013


Chaste conduct. I will encounter all creations with respect and dignity. I will give and accept love and friendship without clinging.

April 24, 2013


Non-lying. I will speak the truth and deceive no one, I will speak from the heart. I will see and act in accordance with what is.

May 15, 2013


Not being deluded, nor encouraging others to do so. I will cultivate a mind that sees clearly. I will embrace all experience directly.

June 26, 2013


Not talking about others errors and faults. I will unconditionally accept what each moment has to offer. I will acknowledge responsibility for everything in my life.


July 31, 2013

Not elevating myself and blaming others. I will speak what I perceive to be the truth without guilt or blame. I will give my best effort and accept the results.


August 21, 2013

Not being stingy. I will use all of the ingredients of my life. I will not foster a mind of poverty in myself or others.


September 18, 2013

Not being angry, not harboring resentment, rage, or revenge. I will transform suffering into wisdom. I will roll all negative experience into my practice.


October 16, 2013


Not thinking ill of the three treasures. I will honor my life as an instrument of peacemaking. I will recognize myself and others as manifestations of Oneness, Diversity, and Harmony.

November 20 , 2013

Three Tenants:

Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe.
Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world.
Loving actions towards ourselves and others.

January 15 , 2014

Three Treasures:

Oneness, the awakened nature of all beings; (Buddha)
Diversity, the ocean of wisdom and compassion; (Dharma)
Harmony, the interdependence of all creations. (Sangha)
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