Original Mind Zen Sangha. Last week I received full ordination as a Zen priest in the Five Mountain Order, and this weekend I'm beginning to offer meditation and Buddhist services. Talk about things moving fast. I'm nervous and excited, anxious and optimistic.
Coincidentally, OMZS will be meeting at the same exact time as another Zen group meets, one that I was a member of for several years. Upon the suggestion of a friend, I contacted my old teacher--whom I respect and hold in high regard--just to inform him that, due to scheduling, we'll both be meeting at the same time.
To my surprise, he couldn't be happier. He was very encouraging, and once things get settled with OMZS, we're even planning to collaborate in the future. It felt really refreshing to know that he supported me and was confident in my ability and competency to lead a group. Thanks, Bill.
As my Zen teacher Rev. Paul Lynch always says, "There are close to 7 billion people on this planet, the more helping hands the better. We have a lot of work to do." The more helping hands the better.
Which is why the first activity I have planned for OMZS is to chant the Bodhisattva's Vow: "Sentient beings are numberless; I vow to save them all..." This clarifies the sangha's practice and direction. I love this chant and want it to form the basis of the group's aspirations from our very first meeting.
Thanks to everyone for their support. If you or anyone you know are looking for a Zen group in Central New Jersey, come check us out. We meet at 291 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, from 7-9 PM. Or join the Original Mind Facebook group; all are welcome.
Thanks and have a great weekend.