☉ Zentrum Wien :: Newsletter Januar 2023

Dear Reader,

Writing „moon“ and „snow“ –
How I have indulged myself
the end of the year! (Matsuo Basho)

The holidays are over, and we all start a new year. With this newsletter, the Vienna Zen Center gives you a brief overview of the most important events in 2023.

After moving to new premises in Vienna’s 7th district, we are able to offer an additional date for personal practice since October: „Zen on Wednesday mornings“ will take place from 7 to 8 am and will be led by Leo Welsch, SDT. 

This means that in the future we will offer you four dates per week for practice: Monday (hybrid: at the Zen Center and online), Wednesday (at the Zen Center), Thursday (online), and Sunday (online) – you can find the overview at the end of this letter. 

Since September there is another teacher authorized to give koan teachings: You know Jan Sendzimir as a previous host at the Zen Center Kolingasse as well as an abbot of our school. Congratulations! –  We are looking forward to the three retreats led by Alma, Jan, and Knud this year! 

We hope to see you soon at the practice online or at the Zen Center – but at the latest at one of the Zen Days or Retreats: Please write to ta.ne1674793036zmuna1674793036wk@of1674793036ni1674793036 if you want to know more about the events or the practice, or if you have questions for our teachers: We will be happy to forward your mail!

With warm regards
In the Dharma
Your team from Zen Center Vienna

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Events

What to expect in 2023? 

Zen Days

Once again, there will be a special opportunity for you to intensify your practice in each month of the year. There are, for example, the Zen Days (one-day short retreats on Saturdays until 4pm). The next dates:

  • Online Zen Day on January 14 with Knud Rosenmayr, JDPSN: Please register now!
  • Zen Day (hybrid): Saturday, February 11, 2023, with Knud Rosenmayr, JDPSN (more details TBA). 

Weekend Retreats

We are pleased to offer a total of three retreats in 2023 – spring, summer, and late fall: 

  • Sat. 11/Sun., March 12, 2023: 2-day weekend retreat at the Zen Center (ZM Hyon Ja, Knud, Jan)
  • Fri. 14 to Sun., July 16, 2023: 3-day mountain retreat with Knud and Jan
  • Fri. 17 to Sun. 19. November 2023: 3-Day Weekend Autumn Retreat at the Zen Center (Alma, Jan, Knud). 

More information will be available in time on our website and in the forthcoming newsletters!

Hikes in the Vienna Woods and the surrounding area

During the warmer months of the year, there is once again the opportunity to participate in walks led by Leo Welch SDT in the vicinity of Vienna: These walks are informal and are sometimes scheduled on short notice due to weather. Please write to ta.ne1674793036zmuna1674793036wk@of1674793036ni1674793036 if you are interested in these walks! 

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Jan Sendzimir, JDPSN: „Where is Home?“ („Inka Speech“, Dharma Note)

We have a new teacher: Jan Sendzimir, JDPSN!
In September, there was a major meeting of teachers from the European Kwan Um School of Zen in Kosice (Slovakia). There our abbot, Jan Sendzimir, received the so-called „Inka“ (=teaching authorization). This happens in a traditional ceremony, which also includes a programmatic speech. You can read this speech, held in English, on our website: Jan Sendzimir JDPS: „Where is Home?“ (Dharma Note).

Jan talks about his life on several continents and ponders where „home“ might be found: in a specific geographical region? In books? In philosophy or in science?
„Take away searching and missing- then what is this?“

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Stay tuned!

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In addition to this newsletter, there is also a (monthly) „Circular“ for members and interested parties: this circular alerts you to short-term dates, events on a smaller scale, and informal matters. Interested? – We are looking forward to your message!

 

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Regular dates

  • Practice on Monday (hybrid): 18:30-20:45
    Chanting, 2 x 35′ Zen meditation, Q & A/talk.
    Head: ZM Hyon Ja.
    Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89367428516
  • Wednesday morning practice: 07:00-08:10
    One hour of early morning Zen meditation.
    Head: Leo Welsch, SDT. 
    The practice will take place at the Zen Center.
    (Please register via ta.xm1674793036g@nez1674793036_oel1674793036.)
  • Online practice on Thursday: 18:00-19:00.
    2 x 25′ Zen meditation, Q & A/talk.
    Head: Knud Rosenmayr, JDPSN.
    Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88448319406
  • Online practice on Sunday: 09:00-10:00.
    2 x 30′ Zen meditation, Q & A/talk.
    Head: Jan Sendzimir, JDPSN.
    Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83560911996

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