Ven. Ananda said to the Buddha, “This is half of the holy life, lord: admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie.” [Buddha replied] “Don’t say that, Ananda. Don’t say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When one (monk) has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path. — Upaddha Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya 45:2
Zen practice, or Seon in Korean, can sometimes be misunderstood as a self-centered activity — depicting individuals engaged in meditation — seemingly setting themselves apart from every day relationships and community. While it is true that each person is responsible to make a great individual practice effort, the supportive power of Sangha Life, or “Together Action”, cannot be underestimated, or disregarded. In fact, as Buddha affirms, it is the “whole of the holy life” on the path of awakening. The word Sangha is not “membership” in the contemporary sense, but closer to kinship; a relationship of connection founded on a shared lineage of teaching, committed practice, ethical conduct, and service, and informed by sunyata — the inseparable, interdependent nature of reality.
Each week individuals from all walks of life come together for practice and support in the work of Great Awakening. Chanting, bowing, sitting, walking, listening, and learning — each one selflessly attending to WHAT IS with attention and intention. Seon Practice Services are held each Sunday from 9:00am-11:00am.
Since everything is interrelated, since all things depend one upon another, nothing is absolute, nothing is separate, but all are part of the one indivisible whole. — H.H. Thich Thien-An