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Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple


September 2012 Newsletter
Dear Dharma Friends
The photo was taken at sunset - a view of Mt Adams and our small pond.  It is so lovely - there is so much beauty in our lives.
Much of life is like this - an image and its reflection.  I have seen many people who are happy with just finding the reflection and not actually seeing the Mountain.  Remember the admonition to not mistake the moon for its reflection in a pail of water.  May we all look well into our own hearts and see that which is real and alive, may we all be willing to be honest with ourselves as to who and what we are and do.  I find that the 10 Cardinal Precepts guide my journey well - you can find them listed on the Vermont Zen website: http://vermontzen.org/precepts_prayers.html
May all beings find peace.         In Loving Kindness, Thich Minh Tinh

We are a small Thien (Zen) Buddhist Temple practicing  "laughing farmer zen" - living our practice, sitting zazen, being here - right now!
A Special blessing and well wishing go out to Mitesh and Anna who were wedded at the Abbey last month.  May you both live in happiness and joy.
Join us for
Dances of Universal Peace
at Trout Lake Abbey
Saturday Sept 15
3:30 - 5:30pm with a pot luck to follow.

Services & Meditation  


Mornings 6:30AM 




1 Saturday Service 9am - Zhoungyuan Hungry Ghost Service
or Obon - offering of food to the dead
7-9 Yoga Retreat (Meredith Holcomb) 
8 OPEN HOUSE here to celebrate our new meditation huts and temple artwork, 9am   
15 Saturday Service 9am The Mid-Autumn festival, or Tết Trung Thu
15 Dance of Peace 3:30pm -5:30pm 
22  Saturday Service 9am
22 Druid Autumn Equinox Ceremony 6pm followed by Pot Luck 
29  Saturday Service 9am Na Mo A Da Phat (Amida Buddha) Day 


6 Saturday Service
6 All day meditation intensive 7am-3pm
- Quan Te Am Bo Tat - Celebration of Compassion and Mercy
13 Saturday Service 9am Celebration of Bodhi Dharma
20 Saturday Service 9am
27 Saturday Service 9am


3 Saturday Service 9am
10 Saturday Service 9am Celebrating Veterans service
16 - 18 Metta Retreat loving Kindness
17 Saturday Service 9am Celebrating Thanksgiving
24 Saturday Service 9am
Abby Gail Layton is leading the funding for our new ADA (disabilities compliant) meditation cabin.  You can reach her at   avigael@charter.net if you would like to ask about the construction of our 3rd meditation cabin.
Thoughts of Wisdom
Shakyamuni Buddha


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.    

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.        

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.    

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.   

Join us on Saturday September 8th for our Welcoming Ceremony for our new meditation huts and our ceiling art work in the temple.  
9 am - 10 am regular service
10 am - 11 am tours and dedication ceremony
11am - 12:30pm Pot Luck Lunch - please bring a veterinarian dish
We have completed 2 huts and we are starting new construction on our third hut the first week in September.

Local Artist, Ardiss Defreece, painted our temple ceiling while laying on her back on top of a tall scaffold.  Her work features a lovely sky, the Bodhi Tree (under which the Buddha became enlightened), and a ceiling medallion of Bodhisattvas.

ISSCA Retreat was a great success!
The international Society for the Study of Classical Acupuncture held a 4 day retreat here at the Abbey. Research and Scholarship were the hallmarks of the weekend as Physicians of Chinese medicine from around the world gathered to review and discuss ancient treatments.  
Participants shared translations and practical applications of ancient texts and treatments.   
One very special procedure involved soaking a cloth in an herbs and wine concoction, letting it dry, the re-soaking it again and again until all the liquid was absorbed and the cloth was dry.The cloth was then heated over mulberry tree ashes and the warmed cloth was applied to the body.  Imagine the excitement as modern day practitioners experience an opportunity to participate in this healing method which is over 2000 years old.
You can learn more about ISSCA at http://isscaonline.org/

ISSCA 2012
Our Temple Welcomes 2 new teachers

Abbot Ming Chan
Rev Ming Chan

The Very Reverend Abbot Ming Chan
2 monks
Revs. Ming Chan and Kozen
of Jia Shan Temple in Hu Nan Province.  His temple is the site of the Blue Cliff records that Dogen Zenji (and many other Zen Masters) have studied.  The Rev. Ming Chan will visit our temple as his other duties allow.  Rev Ming Chan spent 2 weeks here last month and shared a wealth of Buddhist Dharma with all.  Rev. Ming Chan is a monk in the Chinese Chan tradition.  Chan is the origin of both Zen and Thien Buddhism and part of the same school.  We are all very happy to have him join our temple as a senior monk and teacher and we have hopes that he will return often to the US and stay here.

Abby Gail Layton will join us in October and be a resident lay Dharma Teacher.  Abby Gail Layton has taught meditation for some twenty years. Her work is a heart-centered, psychologically attuned, study of the mind, offered gently and clearly for the peace and health of all beings. Abby was a psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon for thirty years. She has trained in Vajrayana Buddhism with Ken McLeod of Unfettered Mind, and has returned three years ago to study with Venerable Lama Ngawang Tsultrim Rinpoche, who bestowed ordination as clergy of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism upon her. Some twenty years ago, Abby began learning Jewish meditation, attending two, 3-year training programs, one through Chochmat HaLev, and the other with Rabbi David and Shoshana Cooper . Abby was then certified as a Jewish Meditation teacher.  She formed the Jewish meditation center, Or Hadash, in Portland, Oregon, and taught meditation and Jewish mysticism at many synagogues for the next ten years. Abby's style is relaxed, supportive and loving.  She teaches the art of cultivating awareness, and opening the heart and mind to the present moment

Northwest Buddhist Resources

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Happenings at the Abbey 

Looking at solar flares 
Kozen and Keith climbed up to the tree line on Mt. Adams - just below "Lunch counter" (a large rocky outcrop)
As long as the weather stays warm and dry, we'll be hiking to a scenic spot each week.  If you want to join us we're hiking every Friday for an easy 3-4 hour hike.

A big thanks to Corky Fredrickson who has been weeding in the Abbey gardens every week


+ Join us Monday - Friday at 6:30 AM for our usual daily service.  

+ Thursday and Friday Evenings at 6:30pm

+ Saturday Morning at 9 AM

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PO Box 487, Trout Lake WA 98650     www.MtAdamsZen.org

509.395.2030  (e-mail -put in the @ sign) kozen1 at embarqmail.com