Seon Practice Service – Uposatha Observance – Flower Garland (Avatamsaka Sutra) Celebration
December 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Seon (Zen) Practice Services are held each Sunday from 9:00am-11:00am at the Historic Axe Factory building in Collinsville, Connecticut. For those new to Seon practice, please arrive at 8:30am for a brief introduction to the forms, which include chanting, bowing, sitting and walking meditation.
The Uposatha Observation is an ancient practice in which both lay and monastic practitioners placed special effort, attention to renewing and rededicating themselves to the study and practice of the Dharma. These observations fell on Full Moon periods of the lunar calendar. And so WLHZ continues in this practice tradition by reciting together the Five Precepts of ethical conduct.
The Avataṃsaka Sūtra, rendered in English as Flower Garland Sutra, describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon realms, mutually containing one another. Today we celebrate its teachings of the Bodhisattva path, the interpenetration of phenomena (dharmas), the visionary powers of meditation and the equality of things in emptiness.