miércoles, 14 de marzo de 2012


Dear Sangha,

On Saturday March 24, 2012 we will hold an all-day meditation retreat at The New Dawn Foundation in New Rochelle, New York.  It is a beautiful retreat property on Long Island Sound.  We sit in the teahouse on the water's edge with expansive sea views, tides, birds, beach, tide pools and a beautiful park.  For more information regarding The New Dawn Foundation, go to:   www.theoaksndf.org

The day’s retreat will start at 6:00am and end at 4:00pm.  Please bring a bottle of your liquid of choice, something for a light breakfast and a bag lunch.  Meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, private interviews, liturgy, an outside morning work period, a talk, lunch and a mid-day break.   Please feel free to join us for all or part of the day.   And please dress for the weather, as the teahouse is not heated.  If the daytime temperature is in the 30s or below, we will sit indoors.

The requested donation for the day is $40.  Any donation at all is acceptable. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us by email.

However you do your spiritual practice – now is a good time to renew it and practice it daily.

RSVP if you plan to attend: ggauntt@gmail.com

Blessings for you and yours for all you do and for all you serve,

Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt
Sensei Paco Lugovina
Sensei Sally Kealy
Hudson River Zen Center

Directions to the New Dawn Foundation:  Please go to:  www.theoaksndf.org

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Hudson River Zen Center

23 Park Avenue
Yonkers, New York

Open Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm to 8:30pm
Regularly scheduled all day meditations and sesshins
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Mailing Address:
Hudson River Zen Center
C/O Grover Genro Gauntt
5443 Palisade Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday March 24, All Day Sitting at New Dawn Foundation
Bearing Witness in Rwanda, April 4 - 14, 2012
Bernie & Genro's New York Street Retreat: April 27 - 29, 2012
Zurich Street Retreat:  May 17 - 20, 2012
Swiss Alps Sesshin:  May 24 - 28, 2012
June 13 - 16:  Sesshin at the New Dawn Foundation
Black Hills Native American Black Bearing Witness Retreat: August 13 - 17, 2012
Sao Paulo Streeet Retreat, September 6 - 9, 2012
Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat Nov. 5 - 9, 2012
Hudson River Zen Center:  www.hudsonriverzencenter.org

Peacemaker Institute:  www.peacemakerinstitute.org

lunes, 12 de marzo de 2012


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Karma Triyana Dharmachakra  
Sunday, April 22, 2012 
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

......A profound inquiry into a bold vision:
to bring forth an environmentally sustainable spiritually  
fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth.
Help create a new future.
Sacred Music of the World Series:
Kirtan Concert
Earth Day - Sunday, April 22, 2012
10:00 AM -  4:30 PM
Kirtan  Concert:
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 KTD Monastery
335 Meads Mountain Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
Suggested Donation:
$10.00 lunch
 More information:              (845) 679-5906      , ex: 1121
Through dynamic group interactions,
leading edge information & inspiring multimedia,
explore the current ecological state of our planet from a new perspective
 & connect with a powerful global environmental movement
to reclaim our future.

Chenrezik Puja-for-the-Earth 
2012 Nationwide KTC Earth Day Invitation  
KTCs Pick up the Baton: Inspired to action by the environmental advocacy of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, the Hartford, Connecticut KTC demonstrated compassion for the Earth by dedicating its first annual Chenrezik "Puja in the Park," to our planetary home on Earth Day 2011. The Hartford KTC synchronized its 2011 puja for the Earth with the environmental group 350.org's World Day of Climate Change Awareness.
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The Hartford KTC extends an enthusiastic Earth Day 2012 Puja invitation to ALL KTCs and Buddhist practitioners nationwide. Extend your compassion wherever you or your group may be this Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Organize and synchronize a Chenrezik puja for the safeguarding of the Earth.

Please notify the Hartford Connecticut KTC organizers to participate in this groundbreaking Chenrezik practice-for-the-planet, on Earth Day, April 22:              (860) 461-8922      , or e-mail: aaronmasciotra2009@yahoo.com

The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa's Environmental Advocacy

The Karmapa officially declared himself an environmentalist as he delivered the inaugural address at the Global Buddhist Congregation's section on "Environment and the Natural World" at which he stated:
We have access to an abundance of information on the environmental impact of our current lifestyle." "Our task now is to turn information into an awareness that we feel in our hearts, and that can inspire us to live according to environmentally wise and compassionate principles."
Years earlier His Holiness the Karmapa formed the Khoryug (Tib.-environment) network of monasteries throughout the Himalayas which proactively works to safeguard the environment in the region. (See www.khoryug.com)

His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa invites us all to actively engage with the reality of climate change. Participate in the nationwide Earth Day 2012 Chenrezik, "Puja-for-the-Earth," and in so doing join His Holiness' initiative to safeguard our planet.
Listening to the Earth
Green Monastery   
Sustainable Development & Stupa Project    
Office of Development
Fundraising Goal:
Funds Raised to Date:
$  65,000
Funds Needed - KTD Community Challenge:
Infrastructure &
Sustainable Development Permaculture Projects:
      The time has come! KTD's Green Monastery Project is off to an auspicious start with $65,000 already donated towards the sustainable development of the monastery campus. 
      The environmentally sustainable framework for all of the screen and ornamental trees, garden benches, dedicated garden wall stones, planters, etc. graciously donated in 2011 by KTD community members is just around the corner. Your donations this spring will directly and tangibly implement the environmental mandate of His Holiness the Karmapa as KTD sustainably develops the monastery property.
Periphery screen trees: On Earth Day 2011 KTD augmented the number of screening trees on the Meads Mountain roadside border of the monastery property. This spring KTD will continue to plant these majestic evergreens until a total of 71 trees grace the campus perimeter. 
Rain gardens: are both beautiful and functional. Situated on the lower end of the sloped property below the kitchen area, rain gardens will incorporate native plants and soil in a shallow bowl shape to collect and manage storm water run off and filter out pollutants.  DONATE BY MAIL     DONATE ONLINE 
Raised cement and stone garden beds: filled with healthy organic soil adjacent to shrine building will produce herbs, lettuces and other greens for the KTD kitchen. DONATE BY MAIL     DONATE ONLINE 
Donor recognition garden wall with ornamental berry hedges on the west end of the parking area and in front of the main building entrance will offer beautiful, edible greenery.  DONATE BY MAIL     DONATE ONLINE
A Three-bay Compost & Recycling Center near the kitchen area will reduce KTD's waste by 23% and help produce the healthy soil to nourish monastery gardens.  DONATE BY MAIL     DONATE ONLINE 
Terraced gardens built of dry laid native stones below the parking area on the east side of the new building will incorporate edibles and ornamental plants.  DONATE BY MAIL     DONATE ONLINE 
An orchard & arboretum of ornamental and fruit trees near the pond front-roadside will be an annual source of nourishing organic fruit. 
A Wildflower field (a 4-yr process) seeded twice annually with clover and wildflower mix will support biodiversity and encourage beneficial insects and pollination.  DONATE BY MAIL     DONATE ONLINE 
 Environmental education sites & nature trails will proceed from the "Dharma Path," looping around the pond area, meandering through the forest and wetlands. Plants and trees will be identified. 

Stupa Partnership

viernes, 9 de marzo de 2012


  Enter a new era of peacemaking
    Same inspiration, new website, new approach
April 27 – 29, 2012
Bearing Witness Retreat
Nov 5-9, 2012
Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 16th year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oświęcim, Poland, for a Bearing Witness Retreat in November 2012.
Bernie Glassman began the annual Bearing Witness Retreats in 1996, with help from Eve Marko and Andzej Krajewski. They have taken place annually every year since.
"I so connect with last year's (2010) experience in Oswiecm [the original Polish name for Auschwitz], I so long to go again, at least part of me does.  My parents never went back to Poland and in some ways something about that feels like how I can align with them in a deep way, my yearning to go back."-Estelle Hackermann, USA
Most of each day is spent sitting by the train tracks at Birkenau, both in silence and in chanting the names of the dead. There is time to walk through the vast camps, do vigils inside women’s and children’s barracks, and memorial services. Prayer Services from various religious traditions are offered daily. Participants meet daily in small Council groups designed to create a safe place for people to share their inner experiences. The whole group meets in the evenings to bear witness to oneness in diversity.
Bearing Witness Retreat
Nov 5-9, 2012

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