Responsibilities of the Sangha

Greetings my dear friends!

As we have spoken about together, Sangha is a sacred Jewel and one of the three fundamental tenants of being Buddhist. To become Buddhist one simply states out loud; “I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I take refuge in the Sangha.” Each ONE is none other than US.

One time when Jitsudo was Taizan Maezumi’s “gisha” (attendant) he removed Maezumi’s tea bowl when he was finished with it, washed it and put it away. Maezumi bowed to him and Jitsudo asked him “Why bow to me, all I did was took care of your tea?” Maezumi responded to him; “When you take care of my tea bowl, you are taking care of me and all beings.”

Such a simple gesture, but deeply relevant when looked into in this way. Each thing we care for, each gesture, no matter how small serves to remind us that the view we strive to put into compassionate action: “all-is-one”.

At this time the Sangha has some basic needs that we are asking all of you to help meet.

*Our fountain needs an electrician to repair it and we need to pay for it.

*The altars (3) need fresh flowers purchased each week and arranged. Would someone volunteer to take this as a rotating responsibility for perhaps one month at a time, then graciously pass it off to another sangha member? It is a an auspicious task to care for the altar.

*Tea light candles need to be kept stocked up.

*Incense needs to be kept stocked.

Dana is the offering of selfless giving, teaching us to recognize and free ourselves from our propensity for clinging.

Please consider offering monthly dana (financial support) to the sangha so that we may create a “prudent financial reserve” in order to care for the things we need to care for.

I know each one of your hearts and know from experience the depth of your generosity and kindness.

Deep Peace and Great Love,

Issan & Zenho

Schedule June 5- June 11:

Monday, 6:30AM, Zazen at the Tea House

Tuesday, 7PM, Dream Koan, at the Tea House or Zoom

Wednesday, 6:30AM, Zazen at the Tea House or Zoom with Zenho Sensei

Thursday, 6:30AM, Vajrakilaya Sadhana, In person at the Tea House

Friday, 6:30AM, Zazen at The Tea House

3 thoughts on “Responsibilities of the Sangha

  1. Hi!

    Not sure if this is the best way to respond, but I would be more than happy to take on flower duty for June and coordinate passing it along to the next person for July (I will be away for work for a couple week in July otherwise I would be happy to continue).

    As for the electrician, my mom’s husband is a retired electrician and I can see if he would be willing to take a look at it. He helps us out often with electrical work. Would that be helpful?

    And lastly, as for dana, what is the best form and manner to donate? Is there an online platform we use or is cash in the dana bowl preferred?

    Have a beautiful day, Madison


  2. Dear Madison,
    Thanks for your generous offer!
    I will coordinate with Zenho regarding the electrical work. Perhaps you could check with your Mom’s husband in the meanwhile.
    You can give dana directly to the Senseis or through the Eighthwave website.
    Also, The Center For The Promotion of Peace (CPOP) website.
    Thanks so much!
    Deep peace,


  3. Hey guys, I will buy some candles and incense when I get back and go on on the electrician. Can anyone look at that box at the zendo and tell me the name of the incense?

    This message was produced on a mobile device. Any typographic errors are due to the limitations of this technology.


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