No zazen at the church until after 4/26/2020


In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the TJ Memorial Unitarian Church has suspended all church activities until April 26. This means there will be no Wednesday evening zazen until after that date. We will post further updates as necessary. The Crozet Zendo will remain open and you are welcome to come sit.

Bodhisattva’s Prayer – with thanks to Joanna

May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened. – Shantideva

John Sellers

Today we bid adieu to our good friend and Dharma brother, John Sellers, who died yesterday. John was a longtime practitioner and the leader of our sister group, the Zen Group of Reading, PA.

John was a man of keen intellect, with a passion for History and ideas, and a lover of all species of beings. He spent his career as a Veterinarian; in the words of Torei Enji, “caring for beasts and birds with a compassionate heart.” He will be dearly missed.

Mumonkan Case 10 – Seizei is Utterly Destitute

Seizei said to Sozan, “Seizei is utterly destitute. Will you give him support?” Sozan called out, “Seizei!” Seizei responded, “Yes, sir!” Sozan said, “You have finished three cups of the finest wine in the land and still you say you have not moistened your lips!”

Mumon’s Comment

Seizei pretended to retreat. What was his scheme? Sozan had the eye of Buddha and saw through his opponent’s motive. However, I want to ask you, at what point did Seizei drink wine?

Mumon’s Verse

Poverty like Hantan’s,

Mind like Kou’s;

With no means of livelihood,

He dares to rival the richest.