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  • June 8-10, 2017
  • Link to EBZ's Sesshin tab for information and to register.


    Part 5 and Part 6 and Part 7 of the Genjokoan talks are posted to the audio teaching tab.


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • We will continue the Dharma Circle on May 23 with a discussion about social activism in the Zen context. To start, we'll review the approaches and activiities of the Zen Peacemakers Organization (ZPO), which was started by Bernie Glassman. Check out ZPO's website http://zenpeacemakers.org. We will start by highlighting the importance of the 3 Tenets in their work:

    Three Tenets of a Zen Peacemaker

    Taking refuge in The Three Treasures, I vow to live a life of:

  • Not-Knowing, by giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
  • Bearing Witness to the joy and suffering of the world
  • Taking Action that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness
  • Bernie Glassman and his wife Eve Marko also talk about these Tenants in the following video link below: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lQVgadurAM&t=17 which we'll watch together at the May 23 Dharma Circle. If you have any questions, contact Beth pranamamanj@gmail.com or Dale dale.spriggs@gmail.com.


    EBZ recruits volunteers for set-up on a monthly basis, without a long-term commitment, for Tuesdays as well as Thursdays. We need two volunteers for each day. You may volunteer for either day, or both, for the entire month. We use a Google Sheet for the sign-up, a different one from the zazenkai sign-up. Click HERE to access the sign-up Google Sheet link. If you have questions or difficulties with the Sheet, email Ron ronjanman@aol.com or call him (973) 997-0101.


  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:0am-9:30am
  • Add an art practice to your Zen program. EBZ offers a Japanese-type calligraphy class to anyone in the local Zen community that is interested. Classes are usually scheduled for the fourth Saturday of the month, church and zendo activities permitting, 8:00-9:30am, at EBZ. Contact Ron Manning ronjanman@aol.com or (973) 997-0101 if you plant to attend. Supplies can be provided for first timer "curiosity seekers". We are in our third year now, and program veterans have made real progress. Suggested contribution is $10.


    For those of you who like to plan ahead, please be aware we have changes in time and place for the September Sesshin. Instead of going to Garrison Institute in NY from September 21-24, we will be going to the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA from Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017. Details will be announced in the spring.


    Link here to read EBZ's year-end donation request written by Dale Spriggs.


    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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