The church in which we meet remains closed. This Saturday (April 11th) we will have an extended practice (9–3) at home for the Buddha's birthday, with a Dharma Talk via Zoom.
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We are working on a Tuesday evening and Saturday morning Zoom project. Details about that will posted here soon.
CREATING A HOME ALTAR
If you do not currently have an altar, this might be the perfect time to create one.
I love my home altars and have many scattered throughout my house. Some are quite elaborate and others are very simple and I appreciate the opportunity to care for each one. This month I created an altar in gratitude to my dear dog Jake, who I recently lost. It is a sweet altar with a fun picture of the two of us, a candle, flowers and his collar. i miss him so much….
The first altar I ever created many years ago was made of a variety of things I found in nature- flowers, sea shells, birchwood bark, empty bee hives, the wings of a monarch butterfly that I found on the ground, fallen bird nests, and feathers.
*Think elements - earth, wind, fire, and water. Elements on your altar might be candles, flowers or water bowls, incense, or potted plants. Your altar may also have an image of Buddha or Kwan Yin. I offer everything on my altar gratefully to them. Perhaps family photos would bring peace and love to your altar.
As I recall offerings such as fruit are made in three(s). The pieces of fruit and/or three types of fruit. But don’t worry about rules so much. The only rule I have is adding something that touches my heart and reminds me of the inter-connectedness of all beings. It is a solid place of zen practice and reminds me to grateful and compassionate.
Below are photographs of some of Udumbara members' home altars.
In deep gassho
Introduction to Meditation
Are you interested in meditation? In starting to practice on a regular basis? Ready to jump off now or prepare to hit the ground running (or sitting ). We want to help you with the skills you need. We offer an Intro class to review the basics of sitting and form, depending on your physical needs, and end with a 30 minute meditation. Udumbara Zen Sangha is a welcoming community of zazen practitioners.
RSVP at (847) 475-3264
If you arrive and the church doors don't automatically open, please ring the bell on the intercom on the wall.
1330 RIDGE AVE., ROOM #2
UNITARIAN CHURCH OF EVANSTON
EVANSTON, IL. 60201
The building and room are 100% accessible.
P.O. Box 6031
Evanston, Il. 60204
To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self