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Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple

December 2012 Newsletter
Dear Dharma Friends,
   Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Good Solstice, and happy Bodhi Day to us all.  This is the season of lights, peace, compassion, and a time of renewal for the coming year.  May it bring joy, peace, and happiness to us all.
   This is the time of year when it is easy to practice what I call active metta.  We seem to look for ways to help others - from donating to Heifer International to giving a food bag to those in need.  This physical giving is one component of active metta, giving without thought of reward or personal gain..             
  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!

Services & Meditation  


Morning Services  6:30AM 




1 Saturday Service 9am   

2 Ven. Kozen teaches at the  

UU church Hood River 

3 Kozen to CRCC Prison

7 Midnight meditation 

(11:00 pm -1:00 am)    

8 Saturday Service 9am

8 Bodhi Day - celebration of Buddha's birth - (Japan).   

Temple gift exchange   

10 - 16 Ven. Kobai here  

15  Saturday Service 9am

20 - 27 Ven. Kozen Away  

21 End of Mayan calendar 

22 Saturday Service 9am

22 Sound Meditation - see below 

22 Druid Winter Solstice  

at 3:30 PM - potluck after 

29 Saturday Service 9am 

31 Midnight meditation  

        (11:00pm - 1:00 am)   



4 - 13 Ven. Kobai here 

5 Saturday Service 9am  

7 Ven. Kozen to CRCC Prison   

12 Saturday Service 9am

11-13 Qigong Retreat 

 19 Saturday Service 9am

25 - 27 Qigong Retreat 

26 Saturday Service 9am  


Dogan Zenji's Dharma
 Dogen Zenji

That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening

Words of Wisdom 
by Gandi-ji

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."  

"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."  

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."  

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win."  

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."  

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always."  
Words of the Buddha
Lord Buddha  

"The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood."


"The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart."


"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?"


"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."


"The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed."


"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting."


"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."


"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."

Is your group part of the Northwest Dharma Association
if not, it is time to join!  If you are a solitary practitioner or without a sanga you can still donate dana (money).  They are a clearing house for Buddhist Activity in the Northwest and need our support.

read more about the NWDA at http://www.northwestdharma.org/
DharmacakraBuddhist Wheel
Wheel of Dharma
Come and join us 
Friday 7 December  
Midnight Meditation
11pm - 1 am
We will meditate on the last day of Buddha's enlightenment day
meditate on the start of Buddha's first day of enlightenment 
We celebrate the Buddha's Enlightenment Day on Dec. 8th every year.  Do come and join us.  Overnight accommodations are available.
Happy New Year! 
Come and join us 
Monday 31 December  
Midnight Meditation
11pm - 1 am
We will meditate on the last day of 2012
and welcome in the New Year  
Overnight accommodations are available.
Good Question, Good Answer by Ven Shravasti Dhammika 
Good Question, Good Answer is a delightful book which lists and answers many of our questions about Buddhism.  It is a great first step into learning about Buddhism.  While many of the questions and answers are very basic, there are some very difficult ones.  This book is well worth reading for beginners and experienced practitioners.

The Broken Buddha by Ven. Bhante Dhammika 

The Broken Buddha is an eye opening book filled with insights into Theravada Buddhism.  While the author points out many of the interesting elements of ethno-specific practices, he does so with a sense of profound reverence for the Dharma and all of its followers.
   Many of the recorded events are thought provoking as they allow us to see into a wide range of Buddhist practices and also a glimpse into our own "stuff" as human beings.
Both books are available at our temple - contact us if you would like to obtain a copy.
Many Faiths - One heart - a holiday union of spirit

Out temple shared in the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Catholic Church in White Salmon.  Many faiths presented at the service that followed the dinner - a wonderful sharing of heart and spirit.
Feast Market in White Salmon
is a newly opened health-food store.  They feature many locally produced foods and a broad array of natural products.  They also carry our Organic Brown Eggs so we are happy to have such a good place to sell our eggs.  In the photo, Jenessa VanDelHey holds up one of their delicious homemade dishes available at their deli.  They serve wonderful meals and always have a great assortment of gourmet salads and sandwiches.  May their business do well.


Free Trade coffee that goes for a good cause:   

The Presbyterian Coffee Project provides free trade, sustainable, worker friendly coffee.  In the greater Trout Lake area you can purchase it from The Farm Store at Trout Lake Abbey.  Proceeds are shared between the Trout Lake Presbyterian church and the Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple. 

Churches practicing an embracing, kind, and loving faith.


Trout Lake Presbyterian - Sunday service in winter at 11:15 am    


Sunday Service at in summer 10AM   


Bethel Congregational Church (United Church of Christ)  

Sunday Service at 10AM in White Salmon  


Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.        

Sunday Service at 10AM at the Rockford Grange, Hood River


Northwest Dharma Resources

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center

Co Lam Pagoda (Ethnic Vietnamese) 

3503 S. Graham St.,

Seattle WA 98118 
Some monks speak English

(Ask for Master Kim)  


Minh Quang Temple (Ethnic Vietnamese)

14719 SE Powell Blvd.  

Portland, OR      


Plum Mountain Buddhist Community http://www.plummountain.org 


Portland Buddhist Priory http://www.portlandbuddhistpriory.org/  



Northwest Dharma Association http://www.northwestdharma.org/


Pacific Hermitage  http://hermitage.abhayagiri.org/ 

65 Barnedt Road, White Salmon,  Washington 98672


Dharma Rain  http://www.dharma-rain.org


Hood River Zen www.hoodriverzen.org  

(affiliated with Dharma Rain)


Local Providers of Compassionate Alternative Care


Cookie Gilpatrick  LMT  Massage Therapist Yoga Instructor
offices in Trout Lake and Hood River cell 541.490.9077  home 509.395.2468
Cookie also teaches yoga a the Abbey two days a week, Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, call her for details.

Karen Hoffman LMT  Massage Therapist
offices in Trout Lake and White Salmon cell 509.637.4995  


Dave Martin MSOM, LAc  Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine   

Trinity Natural Medicine http://www.trinitynaturalmedicine.org/  

410 E. Jewett Blvd, White Salmon WA

office 509.493.1241


These individuals are recommended because of
the quality of their practice,
not because of any religious beliefs.

Dreaming a New Way Into Being  

With Sound Meditation 

Sat. Dec 22nd 11am - 12:15pm  

 Join Beth Welton-Miller in a sound and toning meditation to focus our energy and expand consciousness. Using singing bowls and a tambura, we will be guided to imagine and experience a life of peace, compassion, and health. This is a unique time in history where millions of people around the globe are focusing their intention to birth a new way into being.
 Donations appreciated.


For more information contact Beth at beth@vibrant-living.com 503-680-5810



+ 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

Tuyết Sơn Thiền Tự + Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple + 

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

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