Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road?

To come to the Providence Zen Center where they can live in a humane, cage-free environment.  PZC has purchased chicks, affectionately dubbed the Dharma Chicks, which will be raised on the grounds and eventually provide eggs to supplement our food budget.  They will be joined shortly by pullets (young laying hens) which will provide eggs immediately for the kitchen.  The chickens are hybrids, a cross between Rhode Island Reds and White Leggins.  They are laying hens bred to produce eggs rather than supply meat.  George will be building a predator-safe ...

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CATCH THE BUZZ!

The Providence Zen Center recently purchased two Honeybee packages from a local bee keeper. Bee packages are 30 pounds of bees and a queen which were installed in hives from Nancy Hedgpeth's apiary. The hives are located in the far end of the orchard, near the stone wall and away from human traffic. The Center provides an ideal environment for bees with fruit trees, a vegetable and flower garden, water and lots of land on which to forage. The Center's primary intention is pollination of the orchard and garden and also to help support bees which have become ...

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Mushroom Workshop Sustainability & Zen

On Sunday, April 17, Providence Zen Center hosted a mushroom inoculation workshop presented by Steve Gabriel, director of the Fingerlakes Permaculture institute.  We spent the day learning to inoculate shitake, oyster and winecap mushrooms, and Steve walked the grounds with George and Troy after the workshop and gave us some pointers on sustainably managing our forest.  Providence Zen Center now has nearly 100 logs inoculated with shitake, which will begin fruiting next year.  In addition, we inoculated the flower beds near the main entrance with winecap ...

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Vesak 2011

Please join us Saturday May, 14th 2011 for Vesak Celebration! Here is a link to the flyer so you can print it out / save an e-copy that you can share with all your friends, family or other Buddhists you might know. Vesak_Poster_2011 We invited as many Buddhist groups as we could find in Rhode Island and we encourage you to do the same. If you are not familiar with Vesak, it is considered one of the most important days in all Buddhist traditions and is the day we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Buddha who lived over 2500 years ago. ...

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ZMSS Memorial

While on retreat this weekend, it was a lovely day and we were able to do our walking meditation outside on the porch of the Diamond Hill Monastery. The wind was brisk at times, but with the Willow tree starting to bloom and all the flowers popping out, it was fun to be outside. As I was walking, I noticed the hillside behind Zen Master Seung Sahn's Memorial Stupa. We had weeded the hillside when installing the area in 2009, but Sunday I noticed it seemed very barren with only a few lone daffodils at the base of the hill. Now, there is a house in Providence near Rhode ...

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Precepts Ceremony Talk

by Zen Master Dae Kwang on Apr 3, 2011   Click here to listen

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Big Suffering

Often Zen Master Seung Sahn used to say, "If the direction of your life is clear, then your whole life is clear. If your direction is not clear, then your life will always be a problem." The reason we practice Zen is to understand ourselves completely, attain our original nature, and save all beings from suffering. This is our direction - the original job of all human beings. In this there is no "I, my, me." If we have "I, my, me" then we will get suffering, guaranteed. Several years ago at the end of the long winter retreat in Korea, Byoek Am Sunim, our precepts ...

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Dharma Heritage

If you've ever been to or practiced in a Kwan Um Zen Center, chances are you've seen these portraits hanging on a wall or over a doorway. They are our Korean Zen Masters and represent our Dharma Heritage. Just like we have parents, grand parents, and great grand parents, the same concept can be applied to the teaching we receive from the Dharma Masters and Zen Masters of our school. Each one successively passed down or gave transmission to the next so that an authentic clear Zen teaching could be preserved through the passage of time. Korean Zen Masters & ...

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