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Hosen participates in the June 18th -July 8th SPOT retreat program, facilitated by Myoan Grace Schireson.

“I am grateful for that opportunity which our Board of Trustees, and members of the community supported by caring for the Bodhi while I was away. It was a unique and life-changing experience.  This diverse group of dedicated practitioners came together for 3 weeks creating a sangha in a caring, nurturing environment, skillfully guided by Grace. I left with a clearer vision of my life and will hope to be able to participate again and again.”  -Hosen

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Group Photo from Empty Nest Zendo taken on July 7, 2015.  Hosen and 13 others participated in the three week SPOT program led by Myoan Grace Schireson.


 

Bodhi Manda Zen Center

June 17, 2015

Dear Bodhi Sangha:

Last November approximately 40 Sangha, local community members and friends participated in the first Healing and Envisioning retreat at the Bodhi Manda. The weekend was organized by the Bodhi Board of Trustees and Director, Hosen Christiane Ranger, and was facilitated by Kathleen Oweegon of Bridges of Peace. The voice of the Sangha was invited.

We are grateful for everyone who came to the weekend, shared and/or supported the Sangha members in attendance. Each participant was given the opportunity to speak and share their experiences at Bodhi Manda and with Joshu Sasaki Roshi, including the impact of his inappropriate activities on their Zen practice and lives. It was a very powerful weekend for all who participated and much healing occurred. For this, we are very grateful.

Out of this retreat, a healing sense of community began to arise within the Sangha, and it became clear that the Bodhi was at a time of new beginnings.

The participants at that retreat also shared written comments. These have been compiled, and will be shared with registered participants in the second retreat. They will also be posted on the Bodhi Manda website at http://www.bmzc.org/.

The Board and Hosen have been working for the last several months with these comments and concerns in mind.

1. The Board of Trustees has committed to continuing the healing process beyond the upcoming retreat by establishing an open door policy to any individual who may wish to come forward to the Board in the future with concerns. We welcome ideas from the Sangha in a group discussion about how best to move forward. The Board will also continue this process of restorative justice on Friday of the August retreat, by offering mediation supported by Kathleen Oweegon as facilitator to any individuals with concerns and/or requests they would like to share in mediation.. Additionally, there will be a Sange (Repentance) Ceremony Sunday morning of the Retreat to affirm this commitment. All are welcome to attend.

2.The Board appointed three new female members to the Board of Trustees. Melanie Van Amsterdam, Myoren Peggy Froelich and Karen Hershman joined past board members Jundo Steve Slusher, John Killip and Seiju Bob Mammoser. You can read more about each of the board members at http://www.bmzc.org/the-center/board-of-trustees/.

3. The Board will use many of the recommendations that came out of the first retreat to create much of our agenda for the August retreat.

4. In accordance with the By-Laws, the new Board unanimously appointed Jiun Hosen, Osho (Christiane Ranger) to the position of Abbess at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center on April 10th, 2015. Hosen has graciously agreed to accept and serve as Abbess of the Bodhi Manda.

The Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the Director/Abbess is charged with the legal responsibility for leadership of the Bodhi Manda. However, it is clear that the best way to heal, revitalize and ensure the future of the Bodhi is to include the voice and participation of the Sangha, friends and local community as active, interested parties in the well-being of the Bodhi Manda.

For this reason, input is welcome for items which are yet to be determined, including such topics as membership options for Sangha, the term and selection of Board members, special retreats led by Sangha members, establishment of communication lines from and between the Sangha to leadership.

5.  A budget for the 2015 fiscal year has been created. The 2016 budget will be prepared to share with the Sangha in time for your input by November.

In these and other ways, the mission of the Bodhi Manda will be carried forward, offering an opportunity for seekers to deepen their understanding and practice of Zen Buddhism as well as to participate in a spiritual, sustainable and vibrant community.

How will this be manifested? We want you to participate in this creation by attending our next retreat:

Healing the Past, Envisioning the Future Retreat
Friday, August 21st until Sunday afternoon, August 23rd, 2015
Monday, August 24th is an optional day of silence.
Private sessions with Kathleen Oweegon are available on Friday by appointment. You may request any Board member(s) and/or the Abbess to attend the session.
There is no charge for any of these activities. Donations are appreciated.

 This retreat is open to everyone, whether or not you participated in the 2014 retreat. Kathleen Oweegon will collaborate with the Board on designing the agenda and facilitate this retreat. As we mentioned earlier in this invitation, we will use many of the recommendations that came out of the first retreat to create much of our agenda for the August retreat. If you have any questions or concerns about participating, please contact Kathleen at oweegon@bridgesofpeace.com.

Please reply to Hosen by email, office@bmzc.org, or call the Bodhi office at 575-829-3854 to reserve your space and obtain transportation information from the Albuquerque airport. We are dedicated to facilitating your healing, the healing of our community, and creating a new path toward the future. Your active participation is a vital component of creating a future that will meet your needs and the needs of our community. We invite and encourage you to join us.

The Bodhi Manda Board, in concert with the Abbess, extend heartfelt gratitude for friendships near and far, for the guidance, forgiveness and encouragement of the extended Zen community, and for the dedication and commitment offered by the Sangha from the past and present as the Bodhi moves forward into a new beginning.

Please stay in touch, participate in our retreats, and follow our growth and activities on our website http://www.bmzc.org. Please direct inquiries to the Bodhi office at 575-829-3854 or to office@bmzc.org.

In Gassho,

The Board of Trustees and Abbess


June 10th-14th 2015
A Successful First Annual Gay Meditation Retreat
 
Bodhi Manda Zen Center and Spirit Journeys celebrated twenty three years of relationship as the Bodhi hosted Spirit Journeys’ first Annual Gay Meditation Retreat, co-led by our Abbess Hosen Christiane Ranger, and Spirit Journeys’ new director, Hunter Flournoy. Twelve participants explored the foundations of Buddhist meditation practice, the interplay of body, breath, and consciousness in meditation, and the application of the Buddha’s teachings to contemporary LGBTQ experience. Together, we manifested a tremendous spirit of respect, understanding, and love, and every person left with a renewed commitment to the practice of meditation in every aspect of our lives.
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Memorial Day Ceremony

The Bodhi Manda Zen Center was invited to participate in the ceremony, hosted by the Jemez Springs American Legion Post 75.   The ceremony was held at the Catholic church cemetery.  The church bells at the Catholic and Presbyterian churches were rung in synchronicity with the striking of the han (a heavy solid board of wood)  hung by the front door of the Zendo outside the Zendo (meditation hall).   We chanted the Heart Sutra honoring the selfless lives dedicated to preserving the freedom of our country.

American Legion Post 75 Commander:
“Comrades, this day is sacred with the almost visible presence of those who have gone before us.  We honor the memory of those who served our country,  and of those others who have dropped their burdens by the wayside of life, and are gone to their eternal rest.  May the ceremonies of today deepen our reverence for our departed friends and comrades.   Let us renew our pledge to our country and its flag.  Let us resolve by word and deed to emphasize the privilege and duty of patriotism. ”

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Bodhi Birth Announcement! 
We are delighted to announce the arrival of the newest member to our community! A precious, new, healthy baby girl, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz,  was born here at the Bodhi on April 19th, at 3:47am. It is so heart warming to see that a beautiful birth has taken place here in this auspicious springtime of new beginnings.  Not only is this a great blessing to the Bodhi, but also to our entire Jemez Valley Community. We invite you to join us in sending your blessings and great joy to her parents, Ally Wilson and Robert Gold, who have been staying at the Zen Center the past many weeks, in preparation for the arrival of their daughter. Congratulations to the happy family!

“First baby in 40 years born early morning at the Bodhi Manda on Sunday April 19th.  The baby girl born to Rob Gold and Ally Wilson greeted the world through the water surrounded by the peace and tranquility of the Bodhi Manda.  Hosen and friends of the Bodhi and the Jemez Valley Community have all been participants and well-wishers along the journey making this a cherished community event.  The young couple are so grateful and happy to be surrounded by such care.
Thank you so much!!”

From Ally and Rob

 


Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday (Traditionally celebrated on April 8)

On Saturday, April 11, a particularly lovely spring morning in the Jemez river valley, Bodhi Manda Zen Center hosted the festive celebration of Hanamatsuri, a special Buddhist holiday commemorating the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Participants of every age attended the festivities, creating a happy, familial atmosphere. The celebration began with a formal ceremony in the Sutra Hall and ending with a delicious vegetarian feast in the Dining Hall.

Guests arrived early from the local communities of Jemez Springs and Jemez Pueblo, along with students and friends from Santa Fe, Albuquerque and rural New Mexico. Residents of the Bodhi during Hanamatsuri included a precious, new-born baby girl and her parents, along with Bodhi’s much-loved elder nun, Teishin, who was able to attend the ceremony.

This memorial holiday is also known in Japan as the Floral Festival, and in keeping with tradition, loving hands pitched in to create beautiful arrangements of fresh flowers, including a wreath of lilies and roses which hung over the Tanjobutsu, the golden statue of the baby Buddha. The rich fragrances of incense and sweet mountain-morning air flowed into the hall from the open doors along the walkway as the ceremony began.

A rhythmic sounding of the hanging brass gong was offered by acting shoji, Kevin Kaishin, as the monks formally entered the hall, walking in step together wearing beautiful ceremonial attire. The soothing, other-worldly vibrations of the Japanese gong washed over the completely silent participants, creating a feeling of deep stillness throughout the hall. Words of welcome were offered from Osho Jiun Hosen, who shared the meaning of Hanamatsuri and explained the tradition of washing the Buddha statue with honey-tea and rose petals. Everyone was warmly invited to come forward to the shrine to make their own offering.

A reading was then shared in English of the Hannya Prajna Paramita, or Heart Sutra/Wisdom Sutra, and then the chanting began. Instruments accompanying the voices included the large Japanese mokugyo (large, wooden ‘fish drum’) and mega-sized Japanese singing bowl. The rousing sound which permeated the hall was so rich with everyone’s voices that Hosen called for the Sutra to be chanted twice more!

Adults, seniors, children, monks, nuns and lay people came forward during the chanting along both sides of the alter to take turns using mini-wooden ladles to pour sweet honey-tea over the statue. The liquid accumulated in a large porcelain bowl like a sweet pond of nectar. Flower petals were then sprinkled over the statue before each person folded hands and bowed in a respectful gesture of gassho. Hosen stood resolutely still through all three renditions of the Heart Sutra with the most beautiful smile, eyes sparkling with delight, in obvious gratitude for each and every person in attendance. The entire process was enchanting.

The community was treated to a special solo chant in honor of Buddha’s birth by Myoren Peggy, a lay nun and current member of the Bodhi’s Board of Directors. Everyone joined in for the last chant of the Four Great Vows, ending with formal bows. Smiles were on everyone’s faces as the program was concluded with a beautiful talk about the importance of coming together as a community.

Hosen grinned as she quietly pointed out that in fact, unification had been experienced, and asked the group if that were not so? Heads nodded in agreement as she noted how during the entire time of chanting and offerings to the Buddha, all separation had ended, and there was a feeling of Oneness in the Hall. Guests young and old appeared joyous as Hosen thanked them for their participation and invited everyone to a healthy vegetarian feast created by cooks Ivy and Rob, with help from Kaishin and visiting guests. Delicious!

As everyone gathered together to enjoy their three bowls, the infamous and ubiquitous Bodhi chickens could be heard roving outside on their daily foraging adventure, the Jemez river whispered in the distance, and across the entire Zen Center grounds, a feeling of deep, abiding peace permeated every nook and cranny. What a beautiful and blessed day to have shared together during the onset of spring! A heart-felt Happy Birthday to the Buddha indeed, along with a very happy new springtime to the Bodhi!

 

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Steve Sanfield’s passing beyond

We are saddened to inform you of the passing beyond of Steve Sanfield this morning of January 28th 2015.
This news unifies all of us as he was a Great Friend to all. Our thoughts of loving kindness go out to his beloved wife Sarah, and all the neighborhood and worldly friends, for their pain and suffering.
His ties to the floating world are no longer. Having departed from this world of sadness and sorrow to be born as Buddha.Mortal eyes are closed forever but the eyes of the Dharma are forever.

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2015 New Years Program

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Posted on December 26, 2014

As 2014 surrenders to 2015 we wish you and your family inner silence and peace of mind.

Come join us for our annual New Year’s celebration!

Schedule

Sunday, December 28 – Wednesday, December 31: Three Great Cleaning Days
Wednesday, December 31: Contemplative Meditation (Zazen) Program 8 pm – 12 am *Bon fire included in Evening Program
Thursday, January 1: Traditional Buddhist New Year’s Day Ceremony 10:30 am

Suggested Donations

Entire Program: $75 ($65 Members)
New Year’s Day Ceremony and Traditional Lunch: $50
New Year’s Eve Program: $20

 Thank you for your participation and support!

For reservations, please call (575) 829 – 3854 or e-mail office@bmzc.org.

 


 

Happy New Year 2015!

Posted on December 26, 2014

Embracing a New Beginning

Happy New Year 2015!  As we move into the New Year, we stand in the marvelous vantage point of the present moment. We can appreciate the past, enjoy our gratitude for the present, and look forward to a vision of hope and continued blessings in the New Year. From the Bodhi Manda Zen Center, nestled in the beautiful, snow-dusted Jemez mountains, we wish you and yours the sacred and still Inner Peace and Serenity of this holiday season. May you enjoy a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! We look forward to seeing you, and hope you’ll be able to include many visits to the Bodhi in the coming year! Peace and Joy! Gassho!


 

HEALING AND ENVISIONING RETREAT

Posted on December 20, 2014


November 21-23, 2014
Bodhi Manda Zen Center

The current leadership team of the Bodhi Manda Zen Center invite you to participate in a Healing and Envisioning Retreat. Each of us on the leadership team recognize that this past year has been a tumultuous time for the Bodhi and the entire membership of our sangha. This is a unique moment in the Bodhi’s history, and with the passing of Joshu Roshi in July, it is also the end of an era. This is an exciting opportunity for the Bodhi to grow in a fresh new direction. The Board and our Director recognize that a new direction is possible only if we first acknowledge the sangha’s suffering.

The Bodhi sangha deeply values the teachings and practice tradition Roshi has given us. The Roshi has also left a history of sangha suffering that has never been acknowledged or addressed. Late recognition of this history will not in itself bring relief. However, we hope that healing and a bright future for the Bodhi are possible for all of us. The Board is offering to the entire sangha a Healing and Envisioning Retreat at the Bodhi November 21st – 23rd, 2014. The retreat sessions, which will occur on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday morning November 23rd will be facilitated by Kathleen Oweegon of Bridges of Peace. Kathleen is an experienced facilitator and mediator whose website,   www.bridgesofpeace.com is available if you wish further information about her.

We offer this retreat as a safe, supportive environment in which those who wish to may share their experiences, trauma and suffering, and be deeply heard and in which all of us may acknowledge and, as appropriate, accept responsibility for the suffering of the sangha. We ask that whatever is shared at the retreat remain confidential. It is the Board’s hope that through each of us speaking our truth, healing, peace and a future vision for the Bodhi will arise.

The retreat is open to all current and former Bodhi students who wish to share any feelings they have towards the Bodhi, including teachers and current and former officers and staff. The Board and our Director are committed to hearing whatever the sangha brings forward. Along with those who would like to share, we welcome those who would like to simply listen and hold the space for healing to happen.

Your current leadership team feels that the Bodhi, as a Buddhist organization, must find a Buddhist response to the suffering of its sangha. This retreat is intended to begin what will be an ongoing process. However the Bodhi moves forward, the leadership is committed to ensuring that inappropriate behavior is never allowed in our future. Our experience at the first meeting will guide further action as we continue to grow as a harmonious sangha of Bodhi practitioners.

Participants are asked to arrive Friday afternoon or evening November 21st . The retreat begins Saturday morning and concludes Sunday with lunch. Participants should register by contacting the Bodhi office no later than Friday November 14, 2014.

The Healing and Envisioning Retreat is a gift to our community so there is no charge to participants. As always donations are appreciated!

To register for the retreat, contact the Bodhi by email at office@bmzc.org; or telephone at (575) 829-3854.

Board Members

John Killip
Seiju Bob Mammoser
Jundo Steve Slusher
Hosen Christiane Ranger, Director

Former Bodhi Abbot Gentei Sandy Stewart will participate.


 

Contemplation in Zen Buddhist Practice

We would like to welcome those interested in an introduction to Zen Buddhist practice held Oct. 26- Nov. 15; the schedule will include orientation to Zen Buddhist practice, zazen (sitting meditation), walking meditation, the study of Buddhist texts, chanting, work practice, and orioki meals. If you would like more information, or to reserve a space, please contact us.

 


 

July Zazenkai

Posted on October 25, 2014

Thank you to our July Zazenkai retreat members! We had a beautiful, summer hot, and harmonious weekend, and enjoyed refreshing the beginner’s mind with a diverse group of students from near and far.

 

Caretaking Weekend at the BMZC

Posted on October 25, 2014

Caretaking Weekend 

The weekend of October 17-19, the Bodhi Manda hosted a Caretaking Weekend, co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Zen Center.  The event was well attended with 20 participants.

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Caretaking Weekend at Bodhi was “Care” for Us

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The October weekend Samu (work practice) event at the beautiful Bodhi Manda Zen Center was an experience that left participants uplifted and recharged in the spirit of giving. Coming together as a Sangha (mindful community) to offer the age old practices of service, Zazen (meditation) and chanting together was an incredible treat. Says one visitor, “What a joy to work together, share meditation, meals and nature! If felt like family vacation!”

The joint venture was hosted by the Bodhi Manda and the Albuquerque Zen Centers. Hosen, Director of the Bodhi, welcomed Seiju, Director of AZC, and together led students, neighbors and friends in various caretaking projects around the Center. There was a job for everyone, from refreshing buildings with new paint, repairing doors, gardening, freezing green chili to making fresh apple sauce.

To our delight, the most delectable, homemade dishes arose from the Bodhi kitchen prepared with love by volunteer cooks. Highlights included garden-veggie soup, Auryuvedic kitchari, fresh-from-the-chicken egg scramble, hand-cranked applesauce and freshly squeezed OJ. Every morsel was a delight! Seiju made wonderful, fresh-baked scones which were topped with a recent batch of strawberry-plum jam made by Hosen. Delicious!

Kaishin, a volunteer staff member was Shoji for the weekend, taking care of our needs and the Zendo. He offers, “”It was great to get together with like-minded people in the spirit of service. The whole weekend was joyous. I’m appreciative to Bodhi and the students of Zen who attended. It’s wonderful to see that the light of the Dharma is not extinguished.”

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The most striking image, aside from the glowing faces and smiles of participants, was caught by early morning risers as the vivid crescent moon made it’s appearance over the softly lit walls of the Sutra hall, silhouetted against the clear stream of the Milky Way. A truly enchanting vision, which seemed to say to us, “Thank you!” for all the loving care offered throughout the weekend.

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Bodhi Manda extends a warm welcome to all who visit, and this weekend was no exception. Folks from young to old and near to far enjoyed the Retreat so much, several asked to return soon! If you did not have the opportunity to participate in the Caretaking weekend, but would enjoy offering service, you are most welcome to call and arrange a stay. The Bodhi offers guests rooms for a modest fee whenever the Center is open to the public. Please call the office for details.

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Zazenkai

Posted on June 4, 2014

July 25-27 we will be hosting a weekend zazen meditation retreat starting 6:00 pm on Friday and continuing until lunch on Sunday at noon.

Perfect for beginners, the zazenkai includes ~2 days of meditation instruction and practice, chanting, work practice, and formal meals. This is an opportunity to learn the Rinzai practice tradition or, for experienced students, deepen your understanding and awareness.

Suggested donation is $75 ($60 for members). Please call ahead for more information and to reserve a space.

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2014 New Years Program

Posted on October 3, 2013

As 2013 surrenders to 2014 we wish you and your family inner silence and peace of mind.

Come join us for our annual New Year’s celebration!

Schedule

Saturday, December 28 – Monday, December 30: Three Great Cleaning Days
Tuesday, December 31: Contemplative Meditation (Zazen) Program 8 pm – 12 am
Wednesday, January 1: Traditional Buddhist New Year’s Day Ceremony 10:30 am

Suggested Donations

Entire Program: $75 ($65 Members)
New Year’s Day Ceremony and Traditional Lunch: $50
New Year’s Eve Program: $20

 Thank you for your participation and support!

For reservations, please call (575) 829 – 3854 or e-mail office@bmzc.org.

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December 2012 Newsletter

Posted on November 30, 2012

 

 

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