Tuesday: Last Zen Session Until 2nd Semester

Need a little grounding for the holidays? Join us in the Trinity College Chapel at 7 p.m. for our last Zen meeting of the fall semester. If you’re new to Zen, come at 6:30 for instruction. If you can’t make it, please have great holidays and don’t forget to find some quiet time for meditation, contemplation, reflection or prayer.

Garret + John

Trinity Zen

Ken Kessel Named Zen Master in Kwan Um School

We are so psyched that New Haven Zen Center and Trinity Zen Group Guiding Teacher Ken Kessel received transmission on Saturday as Zen Master Jok Um. Ken has provided many hours of retreat time and given many talks at Trinity College. Congratulation. He is shown with members of the New Haven Zen Center sangha at the Provident Zen Center in Cumberland, R.I., where the ceremony was conducted.

Form and Ritual in Buddhism – From Lion’s Roar

“But for many of us Buddhists, whether we like it or not, form is kind of a big deal. And it can be a source of stress. We wonder as we make that offering at the altar if what we’re doing is culturally relevant or if it’s just foreign superstition. As we look up at a teacher who is seated, literally and figuratively, above us, we ask, Does it have to be this way? And when a senior student pulls us aside to tell us we’re bowing incorrectly or that we need to hold our sutra book just so or that we ate our foods in the wrong order, we may simply think, You’ve got to be kidding me.”
https://www.lionsroar.com/taking-form/