Raichozan (Thunderbird Mountain) Zendo

We are a lay sitting group in Glendale AZ. We meet on Tuesday evenings at the West Valley UU Church at 59th and Cholla. Offering instruction in zazen (Zen Buddhist meditation) and the opportunity to practice with the structure and support of a group inspired in the Rinzai Zen tradition.Beginners welcome.

We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30
First time visitors should call 602.492.2212 or email mui@cox.net for orientation instructions.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Change of Venue

For the past 3 years we've been meeting regularly at my home on Tuesday evenings and the core group has been pretty solid but I think new people who are interested in the practice may be a little uncomfortable meeting in someone's home. Well the good news is that the West Valley UU church would like for us to host our meetings there so starting on Tuesday, April 3 we'll be at the WVUU Church at 59th Ave. and Cholla.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The first cause and the first causer

As someone who was caught up in fundamentalist Christianity for awhile I thought I might do a post on the Creator and then I thought maybe I won't for the reasons Daiho Roshi says in this nice blog post about creation,"the Buddha...flatly says such discussions are not worth talking about as they are distractions from our real purpose which is the personal realization of the truth.Then further down in the post Daiho Roshi says"So, it would seem we could consider discussions of concepts, theories, and even conversations regarding First Cause as useful provided these are understood as skilful means toward creating conditions within which (through our practice) we find personal realization." So here's a link about somethings the Buddha said about the first causer.