Apr
19
to May 19

Interim Resident Priest Michael Newhall

While Reirin is visiting Green Gulch Farm for Dharma Transmission, Michael Newhall from Jikoji Zen Center in California jikoji.org will be residing at the temple. The regular schedule will be ongoing. Please, come and enjoy the company and teaching of our valued friend and Dharma brother!

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Shoho Michael Newhall began practicing and studying with Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi in the early seventies. He was ordained in the mid-eighties by Chino Roshi and also in Japan by Kobun's brother Kiebun Otogawa Roshi, with whom he did ceremony and temple training. He also practiced with Dainin Katagiri Roshi and Tozen Akiyama Roshi.

Monastery training was with Tenshin Reb Anderson at Tassajara, and also under Kobun Chino Roshi as shuso of angos at both Hokoji and Jikoji temples. In the early nineties he was director at Jikoji. Throughout this time he taught visual arts at various schools and universities, including Naropa University, where he also taught meditation and Buddhism. He received Dharma Transmission in 2004 through Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmers Roshi. Since that time Shoho Michael Newhall has been the Resident Teacher and chief priest at Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos, Calif.

From jikoji.com/teachers

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May
18
7:30 AM07:30

Half-Day Sitting

Please, join us for a quiet and peaceful morning. You need not be experienced in formal (Oryoki) meals. Sign up by email: info@mkzen.org.

  • fee: $20, membership discounts apply

  • meals will be provided

  • Please, keep silence until 1 pm

Schedule

7:30 am zazen
8:00 kinhin
8:10 zazen

8:40 service
8:50 oryoki breakfast
9:30 soji and break

10:10 zazen
10:40 kinhin
10:50 dharma talk
11:10 moving meditation

11:30 zazen
12:00 service
12:10 oryoki lunch
12:45 clean-up
1:00 end of day

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May
25
10:30 AM10:30

SANGHA WORK DAY

Let’s get together and work in the garden! In case of rain, there is plenty to do inside.

The book cases will be ready to be finished and put up in the library.

Also the basement needs major clean-up

We’ll have lunch together; please bring an item to share.

Work Day April 2016!

Work Day April 2016!

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

BEN CONNELLY

Ben Connelly, Zen Teacher and Author, is visiting again.

He will give a Dharma talk and sign his latest book: Mindfulness and Intimacy.]

Please, come and enjoy his presence. Teacher donations welcome!

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Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, travels to teach across the United States, and is the author for Wisdom Publications of Inside the Grass Hut, Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara, and Mindfulness and Intimacy. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Full Moon Ceremony - First Day of Spring
Mar
20
7:30 AM07:30

Full Moon Ceremony - First Day of Spring

The first day of Spring is the perfect time to renew our Bodhisattva vows! It is also the Full Moon in March, so we will conduct the ceremony in place of morning service, at 7:30 am.

Anybody may join us, but it is especially recommended for those who have received the precepts. The formal Soto Zen ceremony is modeled on an ancient one, which was already performed before the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. It has several parts to it, all chanting and lots of bows (may be done standing).

It is possible to just watch, if you are curious, but don’t feel like joining in.

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Mar
16
7:30 AM07:30

Half-Day Sitting

Half-Day Sitting, oryoki breakfast and lunch

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • 7:30 AM  1:00 PM

  • zen center (map)

  • fee: $20, membership discounts apply

  • meals are provided

Schedule

7:30 am zazen
8:00 kinhin
8:10 zazen

8:40 service
8:50 oryoki breakfast
9:30 soji and break

10:10 zazen
10:40 kinhin
10:50 dharma talk
11:10 moving meditation

11:30 zazen
12:00 service
12:10 oryoki lunch
12:45 clean-up
1:00 end of day

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Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30

Contemplative Meditation Retreat

Carl Jerome and AndyCohen (www.deepdharm.org)

offer a practice that is especially valuable for our hectic times. Join us for a deeply peaceful and insightful day.

In Buddhism, contemplative meditation is used as a path to non-self, a path to emptiness, a path to directly experiencing enlightenment. Considering its transformative power, it is regrettable it is taught so infrequently today. Contemplation meditation is analysis and observation, during a meditative state, of a question or concept and simultaneously of Self. It is analysis of a phenomenon so that we can see its true nature clearly, and observation of Self in that same context. In this retreat, we will explore a variety of different contemplative meditations, some simple and singular, some complex and sequential, to gain a new or renewed insight into the Bodhisattva Way. We will learn how to do a contemplative meditation so it is most effective, and then we will discuss our insights. Everyone is welcome!

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Please, sign up by email or phone.

Fee: $40.00, membership discounts apply

Lunch is provided

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Mar
2
7:30 AM07:30

One-Day Sesshin

I am sorry to let you know that this event had to be canceled. Please, consider the Half-Day sitting on March 16 instead.

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Please, join us for a day of silent meditation, formal meals, walking and moving meditation, and a short Dharma Talk. Please, call Reirin at MZC for details.

Fee: $30 for non-members; member discounts apply.

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Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

The Heart of Zen Practice. Wisdom and Compassion

We started this class in January, but have only had one class so far, because of weather. Anyone can join us any Tuesdays for the coming 7 weeks. Please call me if you would like to attend at 414-399-3498.

We will closely examine the Buddhist cornerstones of Wisdom and Compassion as they appear in different scriptures. It will be interactive, which means that, besides the eight weekly sessions, participants will study a text of their choice and prepare a presentation for the group.

Recommended reading:
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Other Shore. A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries

Taigen Dan Leighton and Joan Halifax, Faces of Compassion. Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expressions

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda07.htm

Fee: $60 for 8 sessions, $10 for each individual class

Membership discounts apply.

Please sign up by email: info@mkzen.org

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Feb
16
7:30 AM07:30

Half-Day Sitting

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Half-Day Sitting, oryoki breakfast and lunch

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • 7:30 AM -  1:00 PM

  • zen center (map)

  • fee: $20, membership discounts apply

  • meals will be provided

  • Please, keep silence until 1 pm

Schedule

7:30 am zazen
8:00 kinhin
8:10 zazen

8:40 service
8:50 oryoki breakfast
9:30 soji and break

10:10 zazen
10:40 kinhin
10:50 dharma talk
11:10 moving meditation

11:30 zazen
12:00 service
12:10 oryoki lunch
12:45 clean-up
1:00 end of day

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Feb
11
5:30 PM17:30

Guesthouse Meal

Every second Monday in the month, members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship bring and serve food to 80 men in the GUESTHOUSE, 1216 N 13th Street, in Milwaukee. The current menu is Chili, Cornbread, Coleslaw, and Icecream.

Contact Reirin at MZC if you are interested to participate in this much-needed, compassionate service.

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Jan
29
5:30 PM17:30

The Heart of Zen Practice. Wisdom and Compassion

We will closely examine the Buddhist cornerstones of Wisdom and Compassion as they appear in different scriptures. It will be interactive, which means that, besides the eight weekly sessions, participants will study a text of their choice and prepare a presentation for the group.

Recommended reading:
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Other Shore. A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries

Taigen Dan Leighton and Joan Halifax, Faces of Compassion. Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expressions

Fee: $60 for 8 sessions, $10 for each individual class

Membership discounts apply.

Please sign up by email: info@mkzen.org

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Jan
14
to Jan 25

RESIDENT PRIEST ABSENT

During Reirin’s absence, the following programs will be happening:


Wednesday, 1/16/19, 6:15 am - 7:45 am: zazen, kinhin and service

Wednesday, 1/16/19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Introduction to Zen Practice

Sunday, 1/20/19, 9:15 am Zazen Instruction, 9:30, zazen, 10:15 talk, 11:00 tea

All other events are cancelled for that time.

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Jan
12
10:30 AM10:30

Karma Workshop

Karma is seen as cause and effect, intentional action done through body, speech, and mind, and the consequences we reap, which will in turn create new karma. The Buddha showed us how we can stop this cycle and enjoy a life of freedom for ourselves and others.

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Carl Jerome visits us again from North Shore Meditation Center in Highland Park.

www.northshoremeditation.org

Fee: $40 per person, membership discounts apply. Dana for the teacher welcome.

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Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Annual New Year's Peace Gathering

hosted by Milwaukee Zen Center

held at the Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church

125 W. Saveland Ave

Please bring plenty food to share, as the Guests may be joining us. TPC offers food and beds to homeless people during the winter months. BPF enjoys a warm friendship with Karen Hagen, the pastor of this church, who let us use the sanctuary for the Film Series on Racism.

ALSO: the annual SOCK DRIVE is on: new warm socks, please, to donate to those who will spend much of the winter outdoors.

Please, consider a generous donation!

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Dec
31
to Jan 1

NEW YEAR'S EVE SITTING

Let us gather our minds in a peaceful place, contemplating our intentions for the New Year!

Relaxed periods of zazen at you own pace, from 8:00 pm until 9:30 pm,

Japanese Noodles as refreshment, and break.

Resuming sitting at 10:30 pm.

At 11:40 pm, the Peace Bell will be rung 108 times.

Fire Ceremony at midnight: throw your old karma into the cleansing fire!

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Dec
10
5:30 PM17:30

Guesthouse Meal

Tomorrow, as on every second Monday in the month, members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship bring and serve food to 80 men in the GUESTHOUSE, 1216 N 13th Street, in Milwaukee. The current menu is Chili, Cornbread, Coleslaw, and Icecream.

Contact Reirin at MZC if you are interested to participate in this much-needed, compassionate service.

Guest House of Milwaukee

Guest House of Milwaukee

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Dec
8
8:40 AM08:40

Enlightenment Ceremony

Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony

Saturday, December 8, 8:40 am (after zazen, instead of morning service)

Please, join us in this joyful ceremony which commemorates the enlightenment experience of Shakyamuni Buddha on the seventh day of his quest for the truth. We will celebrate our own awakening with bows, chanting, and circumambulation of the zendo with drum accompaniment, and rain of flowers.

(Regular Saturday schedule resumes)

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Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Interfaith Luncheon

Tickets $48 per person, by check, payable to Milwaukee Zen Center, 2825 N Stowell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

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Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PASTOR HURMON HAMILTON
When diverse communities of faith dare to DREAM CRAZY BIG, with a commitment to ACTION,
the world changes!

Frank Zeidler Award
Rev. Tonen O’Connor, Resident Priest Emerita, Milwaukee Zen Center
For exceptional service to society through longtime direct work with those incarcerated within the state prison system across Wisconsin, decades of active participation and leadership with the Interfaith Conference’s Committee for Interfaith Understanding, and advancement of interreligious knowledge, tolerance, and friendship through extensive public speaking. She also currently coordinates the Milwaukee Zen Center’s prison program, serves on the Solitary Confinement Workgroup of WISDOM and on the Mpact Council of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and tutors people new to this country in the English Language Learning program at Literacy Services of Wisconsin.

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ELLEN KRUG in Milwaukee
Nov
10
8:30 AM08:30

ELLEN KRUG in Milwaukee

ELLEN KRUG in Milwaukee

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Ellen Krug , while an Iowa civil trial attorney, transitioned from male to female in 2009.

The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change,

Ellie currently speaks, trains and consults on diversity and inclusion topics.

We are lucky to have her visit Milwaukee, talk about her experience

and train us in Grey Area Thinking,  a tool kit she developed for meeting people who don't act or look like "us".

November 10, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 am silent meditation

9:15 – 10:15 Grey Area Thinking -

10:30 – 12:00 pm Inclusivity Training

12:00 – 1:00 conversation

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Cooking Class with Rev. Edward Espe Brown
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Cooking Class with Rev. Edward Espe Brown

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Edward Espe Brown:

Beginning with The Tassajara Bread Book in 1970 Edward Espe Brown has been inspiring cooks and bakers to wake up and realize their capacity to nourish themselves and others with their labors in the kitchen.

Ordained as a zen priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1971, he has been leading meditation retreats and cooking classes for more than 30 years. He edited a book of Suzuki Roshi’s talks Not Always So that was published in 2001.

Along with zen and cooking he has been interested in poetry, yoga, qigong, Mindfulness Touch (hands-on healing), Liberation Through Handwriting Change, clowning, and improvisational theater.

The subject of a documentary movie How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie (2007), his Complete Tassajara Cookbook came out in September, 2009. His new book No Recipe, published by Sounds True, came out May 1st of 2018.

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Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Touch  with Rev. Edward Espe Brown
Oct
26
3:30 PM15:30

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Touch with Rev. Edward Espe Brown

Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Touch  with Rev. Edward Espe Brown
Free. Teacher donations welcome.

Edward Espe Brown:

Beginning with The Tassajara Bread Book in 1970 Edward Espe Brown has been inspiring cooks and bakers to wake up and realize their capacity to nourish themselves and others with their labors in the kitchen.

Ordained as a zen priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1971, he has been leading meditation retreats and cooking classes for more than 30 years. He edited a book of Suzuki Roshi’s talks Not Always So that was published in 2001.

Along with zen and cooking he has been interested in poetry, yoga, qigong, Mindfulness Touch (hands-on healing), Liberation Through Handwriting Change, clowning, and improvisational theater.

The subject of a documentary movie How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie (2007), his Complete Tassajara Cookbook came out in September, 2009. His new book No Recipe, published by Sounds True, came out May 1st of 2018.

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Half-Day Sitting, informal lunch
Oct
20
7:30 AM07:30

Half-Day Sitting, informal lunch

This is a great opportunity for all, including beginning practitioners, to try out a longer sitting.
Includes informal lunch.
Fee: $20 for non-members, member discounts apply.
Please, keep silence until after lunch.
Please, register by phone or email.

7:30 am  orientation for beginner practitioners
8:00                        zazen
8:30                        kinhin
8:40                        zazen
9:10                        kinhin
9:20                        zazen
 9:50                         Break
            10:00              Moving Meditation
  10:30                Dharma talk
  10:50                fast walking
11:05                        zazen
11:35                        kinhin
11:45                        zazen
12:15 pm                service
12:30                       lunch
12:45                                  Q&A, conversation

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