Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha ordered his monks and nuns to travel and not remain in any single place for more than three days, but the monsoon season proved dangerous. Lives were lost and crops damaged by the tread of the Shakyamuni’s growing numbers of peripatetic mendicants.
Shakyamuni then decided to allow his disciples to band together in dwellings and practice intensely during the three-month monsoon period each year. In the Zen tradition, Ango has come to mean a 90-day period of intensified Zen practice…but also strongly implied within the concept of zen practice, a 90 day period of intensified engaged life practice where we are focus on developing a deepening presence in living.
Practice within the Zen Garland Order is not based on a monastic model, but on the discipline of worldly life, where we must remain present and balanced while serving multiple roles and meeting multiple responsibilities. As this is the case, our ango practice also reflects a practice immanent throughout all of the fibers that weave together within our life. We gather together with the intention of collaborating and devoting our shared energies to deepening aspects of our Zen practice as living contexts of life practices. These practices are vehicles through which we cultivate learning and impact our individual ability to have a direct and intimate relationship with our humanity. This impact does not stop there but echoes outward with the energy of influence to impact our interaction with and upon our families, our communities, and our world.
The theme for this year’s ango is Differentiation from a Perspective of Unity. As part of this year’s theme, you will have the opportunity to have all of our Teachers’ Circle play a role in infusing dimensions of their experience and practice into our shared learning and practice spaces resulting in appreciation of the many facets that shape Zen Garland.
As part of a shared project for this year’s Ango period, participants will engage in the practice of copying our Zen Garland liturgy book into a beautifully hand-crafted book made by one of our ZGO Sangha, Kuseki (Monta May). There is a small additional materials fee to cover the cost of this book. Additional information and instruction will be provided at Ango Opening around this particular practice.
Important Ango Dates:
Ango Entry – April 9, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Eastern Time
April Zazenkai – April 10, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm Eastern time
May Zazenkai – May 22, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm Eastern time
June Zazenkai – June 12, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm Eastern
Ango Participation Cost
Cost & shipping for your blank book for Ango: $15.00