Dharma Class / Weekly Meditation


Weekly Meditation Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Dharma Class Sunday 9:30-10:30 a.m. 


Effective November 14th: Weekly Meditation 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.     (or thereabouts)

consisting of two 30″ periods of seated meditation and one short period of walking meditation, followed by tea and a brief discussion.  If there is interest in chanting/instrument study, this may be included in the schedule.

Effective December 2nd: Dharma Class moves to Sundays at 9:30 a.m.,

preceding our Sunday Service.  We will begin with program on Basics of Buddhism.  Drop-ins always welcome.  

June 19- November 7, we studied the first sections of In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of the Discourses from the Pali Canon, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi. 

March into mid-June: the prior-birth stories (Jataka Tales) of the Buddha, using Endless Path: Awakening Within the Buddhist Imagination: Jataka Tales, Zen Practice, and Daily Life by Rafe Martin and Richard Wehrman.

We began the year with the study of Pure-land Zen, Zen Pure-land, edited by Smith:selected letters from 20th Century Pure Land Chinese Master Yin Kwang,  We still have copies to loan.


Meet the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas (End of the year 2012), the stories and iconography found on the altars, shrines, and walls of DZC.

Rains Season Training (September 8th – December 9th)

November- mid-December, We studied the Bodhisattva Precepts as found in the The Brahmajala Sutra (Brahma Net Sutra), cultiminating in a Ceremony Giving these Precepts on December 8th, 2012.

 Online text available; the version used in class, which is divided into sections and includes an introduction, liturgy, notes and glossary, is found here or, if you prefer one long document of the Sutra only, check here

October:  The Diamond Sutra. Online versions here and,  in a “modern” version, here .

Choose some Gathas to learn this Training Period from here

Upcoming topics: Precepts – including Bodhisattva Precepts, Lankavatara Sutra,

A Still Forest Pool

March 22-September 13, 2012: A Still Forest Pool by Ajahn Chah
Highly recommended.  You can read it for free online: here

Vimalakirti Nirdesa
January 12 through March 15th, 2012.
You can read it for free online:
Charles Luk translation here
Robert Thurman translation here
or in pdf here
or BDK pdf file (downloadable) here


(December) The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma as translated by Red Pine.
Read it for free online here

American Buddhism – seminar style class without a text, but for additional information and insights, see How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America by Rick Fields

The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau – highly recommended (various editions – we have a number of copies available as loaners or you may find at your local bookstore)

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula – highly recommended.  Available online in a pdf from dhammaweb.net here

The Lotus Sutra or “Sutra on the White Lotus of the Sublime Dharma.” Online digital copies at
Kern translation
Kubo & Yuyama translation


Chants and texts requested by the class of the 2010 Rains Season Training Class (several faithful members were only there in spirit when we took the photo)

Dharma Class continues on Thursday nights, 7:00 p.m. in Zendo, followed by practice in Dharma Hall and informal lecture in Sangha Hall.

Vietnamese Chants The Vietnamese chants we use may be found here. For sample recordings of these chants, here are a couple from UTube and one homemade attempt.

The Heart Sutra in Vietnamese, (Bat Nha Ba La Mat Da Tam Kinh) chanted by the monks and nuns at Plum Village Sangha (in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh), complete with scrolling “chant-along” words is found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eX-IcL00Gg. Chanting begins at 57 seconds in, after bell.

Avalokiteshvara Dharani in Vietnamese (Chu Dai Bi) chanted by Thay HD (?), complete with scrolling “chant-along” words and moving graphics, is found at http://www.youtube.com/v/VGOkjb7I32g?fs=1&hl=en_US. About five minutes

A recording of the Dedication or Offering of Merit chant is found here (complete with strong American accent and inadequate breath control, sorry!) If it doesn’t play, right click on the link, “save as” onto your computer and play at your convenience.

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Dedication of Merit (English translation used at DZC)







I wish that all this merit
Be extended to everyone,
That we, together with all beings,
May gain the Buddha’s way.






2010: Reading List:
Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (aka Platform Sutra)

McRae translation in pdf here
A.F.Price and Wong Mou-Lam translation in html here

*AND* Now that we’ve finished with this document, here’s a Link to
Instructions for the Cook, by Dogen Zenji
from the Eihei Shingi, Instructions for the Cook (Tenzo Kyokun)
based on the translation by Griffith Foulk prepared by the Soto Zen Text Project for publication in Jisho Warner et al., Nothing is Hidden: Essays on Zen Master Dôgen’s Instructions for the Cook, pp. 21-40. (N.Y. and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 2001.)

The Anapanasati Sutta: A practical guide to mindfulness of breathing and tranquil wisdom meditation by Ven. U Vimalaramsi


The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya