August 2019 Sitting Schedule

8/4 – This week’s dharma talk will be given by Jen.

8/10 – Our sister sangha ZCB/Clare Sangha will be hosting a zazenkai in Lutherville, MD. Please see the email sent on July 17th for details.

8/11 – Nick will be delivering this week’s talk.

8/18 – Kaigetsu will be giving a dharma talk in the ongoing series “Something about Zen”.

8/24 – We will host a zazenkai starting at 10am until 4:30pm. Doors open at 9:30 and again at 1:30 for lunch and 1/2 day. Please respond to this email to register. Dana is recommended but not required.

8/25 – No sitting due to the previous day’s zazenkai.


The Zen cure for meditation drowsiness.



The wise person strives to no goal,
but the foolish person fetters themseves.
There is one Dharma, not many;
distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
To seek Mind with discriminating mind

is the greatest of all mistakes.
from the Hsin Hsin Ming
 Chien-chih Seng-ts'an 
Third Zen Patriarch

ZCB/Clare Sangha August Zazenkai

While the final details for our zazenkai in August are still up in the air, we have another practice opportunity for anyone who might be interested.

ZCB/Clare Sangha will be holding a zazenkai on August 10th, from 10am to 5 pm at the Towson UU church (1710 Dulaney Valley Rd, Lutherville, MD 21093). Suggested donation  is $20. Please email me ( if you’re interested before the end of the month so I can let the folks at ZCB know how many of us they can expect. If there’s enough interest, carpool options will be available.

Finally, please stay tuned for more information about the Red Rose Sangha August zazenkai, we should have an update in the next week or so.

July 2019 Sitting Schedule

7/14 – Daisetsu (Clair) will be speaking about “Holding a crying baby”

7/21 – Carmen will speak this Sunday regarding something about Zen.

7/28 – Keith will be giving a ‘Way Seeking Mind’ talk

On July 6th, two Red Rose Sangha members (Nick and Keith) took Jukai along with several members of ZCB/Clare Sangha, please enjoy the photos of the event below.

During the jukai ceremony.


All the new baby buddhas and the ZCB members that were part of the ceremony.


Look at all those rakusus!

June 2019 Sitting Schedule

June 2: Sangetsu Sensei’s talk is, “Doin’ the 108.”

Dylan will receive his mala beads in the 108 Ceremony that evening.

June 9: Daiji’s Precept talk is, “Not Discussing Other’s Errors or Faults.”

Afterwards, we’ll ruthlessly critique his presentation.

June 16: Sangetsu Sensei’s talk is, “The Precepts as a Moral Compass.”

June 23: Getsuki’s Precept talk is, “Not Misusing Intoxicants.”

June 30: Daisetsu will be speaking about the Precept of Not Speaking Ill of the Three Treasures

Reminder: At the July 6 ZCB Zazenkai, Nick and Keith will be receiving their rakusus in a Jukai Ceremony. Sensei Seiryu Blackman will be the Preceptor. Please support our Dharma brothers with your attendance. For those interested in carpooling, please let Sensei know.


Beach Boy Bodhisattva.

March 2019 Sitting Schedule

3/3 – No sitting due to weather.

3/10 – Seijun (Joe) will be giving a talk titled “Do not judge by any standard.”

3/17 – Daiji (Andy) will be delivering this week’s talk. It’s title is “The Precepts’ Inception.”

3/24 – We will have the 49 Day Memorial Ceremony for Melissa Hunt

3/31 – Daisetsu (Clair) will be giving the final dharma talk of the month entitled “The Little Salt Doll.”
Jukai text study will be held before the sitting, starting at 4:00pm