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Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple


February 2014 Newsletter
Happy Lunar New Year (農曆新年) the year of the horse
Buddhist year 2557 BE

Chuc mung nam moi

Dear Dharma friends,  

Happy Lunar New Year, Chuc mung nam moi,  Xin nian yu kuai, Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu.

A wonderful quote from J.M. Barrie, "The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings". What a lovely image - that we can fly with perfect faith - I rather like the concept.  Yet even without perfect faith, mankind is capable of great actions of beauty and honor.  A special salute goes out to all people in the armed forces, the fire and police departments, to teachers, nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, and all who keep our lives richer, safer, or more at peace.  Let us all have a safe and wonder-filled year of the horse.   Thay Kozen
Nirvana Day - a one day meditation retreat
Saturday 8 February - Join us!   
   Join us for a one day meditation and celebration of Buddha's Parinirvana or the ending of his time in Samsara (the endless round of birth and death). This is a time to think about our own future death and on the deaths of loved ones and to reflect on our lives. It is a time to experience the Buddha's teachings on impermanence.
Join us for a 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. meditation intensive. We will practice several forms of meditation, develop metta, loving-kindness practices for ourselves and others. A vegetarian lunch will be served. Please contact The Abbey for reservations at 509.395.2030.  We're asking for a $30.00 donation, but we would rather have you here than your money, so don't let finances stop you from coming.

Buddhist Warfare a book by Michael Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer

"Whenever a society must motivate its members to kill or to risk their lives, thus consenting to being placed in extreme marginal situations, religious legitimations become important....Killing under the auspices of legitimate authorities has, for this reason, been accompanied from ancient times to today by religious paraphernalia and ritualism.  Men go to war and men are put to death amid prayers, blessings, and incantations". Peter Berger

The authors describe many war actions taken by different Buddhist groups.  While I do not agree with some of the author's conclusions, the book is worth reading and offers an example of how Dharma can be misused to support an individual's own thoughts and goals.  It was an eye opening book for me.  Kozen  
We have a new temple bell from Vietnam. 

A beautiful carved dragon lintel holds the bell.

Our thanks go to Ms. Bang Truong who ordered the bell.  And to Thich An Giao and Mr. Jonny Vu who arranged transportation to our temple from Southern California.
We are a small Thien (Zen) Buddhist Temple practicing  "laughing farmer zen" - living our practice, sitting zazen, being here - right now!


3-5 Thay Kozen to Arizona to teach Dharma at the Tucson Federal Prison
 8 - Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. A one day retreat 6:00 am - 4:30 pm   

17 - Thay Kozen to CRCC 



17 - Thay Kozen to CRCC   



21 Thay Kozen to CRCC

22 Earthday  

Read This Carefully
& Ponder Its Meaning

From incalculable eons in the past until now, through all the events of the universe, all periods of time, and all places without exception, none of it has been other than your own mind, all of it nothing other than your own Buddha.  Mind is Buddha, and it has always been thus.  Apart from this mind there is no other Buddha to be understood.  Apart from this mind there is no other place where wisdom and nirvana may be found.

Attributed to Bodhidharma from the Blood Vein Discourse
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/ 

A guide for our practice

"Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you".

Ven. Sheng-yen (b. 1931)


Special Temple & Buddhist dates for 2014

Feb 8 (Saturday)  - Parinirvana - Nirvana Day Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death.  1 day retreat.

April 22 (Monday) - Earthday

May 17 (Saturday) - Wesak or Buddha day The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death. 

Jul 12 (Saturday) - Asala - Dharma Day - The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.

Aug. 9 (Satuday) - Ullambana or "MuaVu Lan" mother's day and ghost days celebrated

Aug 23 (Saturday) - Birthday of Ksitigarbharaja Bodhisattva             24 August 2014

October 17-19 (Friday-Sunday) - Temple Fall Retreat

Nov 26 (Saturday) - BodhiDharma Birthday

Dec 8  Bodhi Day (Monday) - some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.  Dec 7, 11pm to Dec 8, at 1am meditation

Kannon Bosatsu overlooks Mt Adams
(also know as the Heart Sutra)

This sutra is one of the most beloved of all the Mahayana Sutras.  It is the story of a monk, Avalokiteshvara, who has realized the great awakening.  He turns to his fellow monk, Shariputra, and explains the great emptiness. 

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva when deeply practicing prajna paramita

clearly saw that all five aggregates are empty and thus relieved all suffering.

Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not

differ from form. Form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself form. Sensations, perceptions, formations, and consciousness are also like this.

Shariputra, all dharmas are marked by emptiness; they neither arise nor

cease, are neither defiled nor pure, neither increase nor decrease.  


Therefore, given emptiness, there is no form, no sensation, no perception, no formation, or consciousness; no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind, no sight, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind; no realm of sight...no realm of mind consciousness.


There is neither ignorance nor extinction of ignorance...neither old age and death, nor extinction of old age and death; no suffering, no cause, no cessation, no path; no knowledge and no attainment.


With nothing to attain a bodhisattva relies on prajna paramita and thus

the mind is without hindrance. Without hindrance, there is no fear. Far

beyond all inverted views, one realizes nirvana. All buddhas of past, present, and future rely on prajna paramita and thereby attain unsurpassed, complete, perfect enlightenment.


Therefore, know the prajna paramita as the great miraculous mantra, the

great bright mantra, the supreme mantra, the incomparable mantra, which removes all suffering and is true, not false. Therefore we proclaim the prajna paramita mantra, the mantra that says: 

"Gate gate paragate parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!"


There are several different translations of Gate Gate.., my favorite is:

"Gone, Gone, Gone beyond Gone beyond

Oh Yes!"


Gate means gone or going. (One translator describes it as Gone from suffering to the liberation of suffering. Gone from forgetfulness to mindfulness. Gone from duality into non-duality).


Gate gate means gone, gone or going going.


Paragate means gone all the way to the other shore. So this mantra is said in a very strong way. Gone, gone, gone all the way over to the other shore.


In Parasamgate, sam means the sangha, the entire community of beings. Everyone gone over to the other shore.


Bodhi is the enlightenment, or awakening. You see it and the vision of reality liberates you.


And svaha is a cry of joy or excitement, like "Hallelujah!" "Gone, gone, gone all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, svaha! 

Community Resources


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. 

non-Buddhist 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

We recommend the following two organizations for retreats and training.  

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center   http://cloudmountain.org/
373 Agren Road, Castle Rock, WA 98611 

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center is a non-sectarian Buddhist center hosting residential retreats year round. Our mission is to provide opportunities for all individuals to hear and practice Buddhist teachings with qualified and realized teachers in an environment that combines exquisite simplicity, comfort and a supportive container for spiritual transformation. It is our intention to provide opportunities for balanced cultivation of the Three Pillars of Buddhism: ethical and moral behavior, generosity and giving, and the cultivation of wisdom.

Great Vow Zen Monastery    http://www.zendust.org/                                                                             79640 Quincy-Mayger Rd. Clatskanie, OR 97016                             503-728-0654  info@zendust.org 

Great Vow is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery inspired and guided by the Bodhisattva Vow to help all beings who suffer, no matter where they are found. The monastery's aspiration is to maintain authentic, whole-hearted practice while keeping the teachings open and accessible to anyone with a sincere desire to practice the Buddha-way.


       A beautiful glow surrounds the   

       main altar at 6 am, just prior to  

       morning meditation.


      Join us at 6:30 am 

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

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