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  • Saturday, Sept 23, 8:00-9:30am at EBZ
  • A monk asked: "What is the reason for the emphasis on the rapid transcription of the sutra in a day?"

    Master Bassui answered: "One who copies a sutra for a day will apply himself completely to the task without relaxing his effort; hence thoughts will not arise. He will naturally become one with the sutra he is copying, and this will be a link to his seeing into his inherent nature."

    Ron asks: "Who wouldn’t want to do this?"

    Join us as we spend time together copying (tracing) the 4 Great Vows in Japanese (the one framed on the zendo wall) on Saturday, Sept. 23. No knowledge of Japanese or calligraphy is required. The copying will be carried out in silence. An ultra fine marker will be suitable, but Ron Manning recommends purchasing a "calligraphy pen" online. The period will also include a short enso (Zen Circle) drawing class. Ron will provide all materials for the enso drawing. The suggested donation is $10. To register, contact Ron Manning at (973) 997-0101 or ronjanman@aol.com. Please register by Sept 16.


  • Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017
  • Our Fall Sesshin will take place this year at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA from Sept 28 thru Oct 1, 2017. For further info and registration, link to EBZ's Sesshin tab.


  • Sept 3-Sept 16, 2017
  • EBZ will be closed from Sept 3 through Sept 16 due to the Family of Promise program (a program hosted by The Church of Redeemer). EBZ will reopen for our regular sitting schedule on Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017.


  • Aug 2-Sept 13, 2017
  • We are suspending Wednesday Morning Zazen from August 2-30. In addition, since the Family Promise program runs from September 3-16, we will not be able to resume Wednesday morning zazen until Sept 20. On Wednesday, Sept 20 we will resume Wednesday morning zazen at the regularly scheduled time of 6:55am.


    Weekly Zazen Contributions & Timing Details

  • A $5 contribution for zazen is requested. A basket is available at the door monthly, quarterly, or yearly contributions are accepted as well.
  • Tuesday Evenings

  • 6:00pm Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:25pm Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 6:30pm - 8:10pm Zazen
  • Wednesday Mornings **

  • 6:50am Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:55am Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Zazen (two twenty-five minute periods)
  • Thursday Mornings **

  • 6:50am Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:55am Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Zazen (two twenty-five minute periods)
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