“Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha. The buddhas of the ten directions have no mind. To see no mind is to see the buddha.” Bodhidharma (5th c.)
Welcome to Two Streams Zen Farm
263 Main Road, Route 66, Westhampton, MA 01027-9682 USA
Sowing Seeds of Awakening…Cultivating Fearless Intimacy…Harvesting World Peace
RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE
We are here for you during these unprecedented and insane times of profound cultural, social and political turmoil. Present current events offer each of us a complex challenge to embody and practice ALL of the Wisdom traditions’ spiritual teachings.
The temples at Two Streams Zen Farm are open to you and all for comfort, support, reflection and companionship as we meet what has arisen–and will continue to erupt–in the nation.
Please come for spiritual respite, a cup of tea, sitting by the pond, walking the temple grounds allowing the sounds of the birds, the stream, and the wind-in-the-trees to hold you, or silence in the Zendo.
For the rest of August, the Zendo is open:
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.
Saturday 19 from 9 am to noon (the last Moon sitting for 2017).
Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
Yours in the Dharma,
Ryūmon and Anraku
September and Beyond
Starting in September the bimonthly New and Full Moon Zazenkais will shift to monthly Applied Zazen as Integral to Zen training: Community Work Practice
Saturdays, from 9 am to 4 pm
Light mid-day meal will be provided. Full day attendance requested.
SAVE THESE DATES
October 27-28: Zen, Trauma and Embodied Social Justice
November 4: Wisdom Salon
December 7-8: Rohatsu Observance
WARM-HAND TO WARM-HAND PRACTICES
Contemplative Somatic Wellness™ – Training and mentoring of young adult activists–in particular those from underrepresented communities–in a holistic and integrative somatic immersion apprenticeship aligning Zen teachings and training, the healing of Transgenerational (Legacy) trauma, and Embodied Social Justice.
B-Coming Ur Own BFF: Learning to Meditate with Kindness – Individual or group introductory class to the practice of sitting meditation for all levels of seekers.
Call to Action in Response to Charleston and Beyond – Facilitated gatherings for white Dharma practitioners who identify as social activists and are seeking to respond with conscious compassion to the suffering caused by the unexamined legacy of white privilege, power, rank, and racism.
White-On-White Gatherings – Intra-group gatherings for Dharma practitioners and social change activists uncovering and renegotiating Whiteness and uncoupling the unconscious patterns that perpetuate our suffering as white people (by invitation).
Trauma-informed, somatic-based spiritual counseling, Precepts and Koan study, Zen training, Death Cafe, Hospice visits, Emotional Support Animals, environmental blessings, ritual cleansing, weddings and funerals.
One-to-one meetings with the guiding teachers are available for those seeking to establish a meditation practice or seeking counsel for life issues as they relate to stepping onto, deepening and sustaining a spiritual life. All sessions are 45 minutes in length. Experienced Zen students may request to meet in terms of their formal training and the student arranges to arrive for a minimum of one hour of Zazen prior to the meeting. The teachings and guidance are always freely given. Traditionally, a gift is offered in return.
THE PRACTICE OF DANA PARAMITA – GENEROSITY
As it has been since Buddha’s time, at Two Streams Zen the Dharma is offered freely. Traditionally, in the spirit of interdependence, a community supports the Dharma by in turn offering monetary gifts to teachers and temples in appreciation for receiving teachings and in recognition of the years of training and understanding teachers have cultivated. To the degree your heart is touched by the teachings, the teachers, the community and the practices offered at Two Streams Zen, please consider offering a gift.