Peace Walk…Save the Date

Posted on Aug 07 , 2011 in Blog















Hyon Gak Sunim and Dae Soeng Sunim visit PZC

Posted on Aug 05 , 2011 in Blog

Today we were honored by a short visit from Hyon Gak Sunim and Dae Soeng Sunim. We spent some time talking over coffee in the kitchen before taking them for a small tour of the temple grounds. Here are some photos we took while walking around, enjoy!

Diamond Hill Zen Monastery

Walking up to the monastery.

Group photo in front of ZM Seung Sahn Memorial Pagoda

Group shot in front of Diamond Hill Monastery

Inside Jung Wol Gak Hermitage

Observing the mushroom logs.

House Master Troy Rapp showing Hyon Gak Sunim the chickens.

One more teaching moment before going.






Vegetarian Dinner | Meditation Instruction | Long Sitting

Posted on Aug 04 , 2011 in Blog & Upcoming Events

Wednesday Open House Free and Open to the Public

5:30pm Public vegetarian dinner
6:30pm Meditation instruction class
6:30pm Special Chanting
7:00pm Regular Chanting
7:30pm Two sitting periods with walking meditation in between.



Our Wednesday open house, like most of our public programs, is always free, but any donations are gratefully accepted. If you would like to make a donation to our center, you can do it securely online with credit card or PayPal.


How To Eat

Posted on Aug 02 , 2011 in Blog

An eminent teacher said, “A day without work is a day without eating.”
There are two kinds of work: inside work and outside work. Inside work is keeping clear mind. Outside work is cutting off selfish desires and helping others.
First work, then eat.
Eat in silence. Do not make unnecessary noise.
While eating, attend only to yourself. Do not be concerned with the actions of others.
Accept what is served with gratitude. Do not cling to your likes and dislikes.
Do not seek satisfaction in eating. Eat only to support yourself in your practice.
Though you may eat good food all your life, your body will die.

The Great Way is not difficult.
Simply cut off all thought of good and bad.
Salt is salty,
Sugar is sweet.

(From the Temple Rules by Zen Master Sueng Sahn)


Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on Jul 29 , 2011 in Blog & Newsletter

Providence Zen Center always has numerous opportunities for volunteering!  If you enjoy cooking, you can volunteer for the Wednesday night community dinner, either as a head cook, as an assistant, or you can bring a dessert to accompany the meal.  People with any level of skill in carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, flooring installation, or any other construction related skills can be helpful in helping with the maintenance and improvement of the Zen Center buildings.  Folks are welcome to work in the garden or grounds throughout the summer.  Our office staff welcomes volunteers to help with filing, data entry, and other office tasks.  Or if you have a skill which isn’t listed here which you feel would be of use to the Zen Center, we’re always open to suggestions for ways our members might be able to contribute to PZC.  We’re grateful for any help you can give to PZC:  it would be impossible to keep this place running smoothly without many hours of dedicated work from members and friends of the Zen Center.  Contact the PZC director at director@providencezen.org if you are interested in getting connected with volunteer opportunities here at the Zen Center.


July Thank You

Posted on Jul 28 , 2011 in Blog & Newsletter

Thank you to Diana Daniels, Darlene Demers, Scott Beck and Theresa Murphy for continuing to tend our flock of chickens. We are up to nine eggs a day: all our pullets are laying now! Thanks to Diana and Theresa for tending our bees. As always, a big thanks to the Alternative Market in North Attleboro for generously allowing us to purchase bulk organic foods for the Zen Center at cost. Learn more about the Alternative Market here. Thanks to Doug Walsh for his ongoing weekly volunteer time on Wednesdays, and for joining the management team at PZC as Vice Abbot. Thanks to Edith Lebowitz for continuing her work of sewing robes for PZC. Thanks to Pete O’Connell for his regular visits to PZC to help with electrical work that needs done around the place. Pete has also been clearing brush and weeds around the monastery to help get ready for Summer Kyol Che. Thank you Chong Yew Heng, our kitchen master, for teaching calligraphy classes at PZC. Thanks to resident Scott Beck for cutting the grass and volunteering in the office. Thanks to Mel Milligan and Nancy Jacobs for coming out from Orlando early and spending several days helping us get PZC ready for founder’s day weekend. Thanks to Eddie Wisdom, David Barstis and Kimball Amram for putting in extra hours when we rented a wood chipper to tackle the brush pile (“Mount Brushmore”) on the path to the back pasture. Thanks to Robin Hoffman for her work on the Providence Zen Center newsletter. Thank you to our Abbot, Jiri “George” Hazlbauer for your leadership and House Master Troy Rapp for being the glue that holds us together. Finally thanks to any volunteers who we may have overlooked: please remind us if you’ve been left out so we can express our gratitude in the next newsletter!


Morning Bell Chant

Posted on Jul 27 , 2011 in Blog

Performed by Jason Quinn

The Morning Bell Chant is an extremely rich chant, combining three major Buddhist traditions: Hwa Yen (Hwa Om) Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism.

For more info and translation: http://www.kwanumzen.org/2001/the-morning-bell-chant/

won cha jong-song byon bop-kye
chor-wi yu-am shil gae myong
sam-do i-go pa do-san
il-che jung-saeng song jong-gak
na-mu bi-ro gyo-ju hwa-jang ja-jon
yon bo-gye ji gum-mun po nang-ham ji ok-chuk
jin-jin hon ip chal-chal wol-lyung

ship-cho ku-man o-chon sa-ship-pal-cha il-sung won-gyo
na-mu dae-bang-gwang bul hwa-om gyong
na-mu dae-bang-gwang bul hwa-om gyong
na-mu dae-bang-gwang bul hwa-om gyong
je-il gye yag-in yong-nyo-ji
sam-se il-che bul ung gwan bop-kye song il-che yu shim jo

pa ji-ok jin-on
na-mu a-tta shi-ji-nam sam-myak sam-mot-ta gu-chi-nam
om a-ja-na ba-ba ji-ri ji-ri hum
na-mu a-tta shi-ji-nam sam-myak sam-mot-ta gu-chi-nam
om a-ja-na ba-ba ji-ri ji-ri hum
na-mu a-tta shi-ji-nam sam-myak sam-mot-ta gu-chi-nam
om a-ja-na ba-ba ji-ri ji-ri hum

won a jin-saeng mu byol-lyom a-mi-ta bul dok sang su
shim-shim sang gye ok-ho gwang yom-nyom bul-li gum-saek sang
a jip yom-ju bop-kye gwan ho-gong wi-sung mu bul gwan

pyong-dung sa-na mu ha cho gwan-gu so-bang a-mi-ta
na-mu so-bang dae-gyo-ju mu-ryang su yo-rae bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul

chong-san chop-chop mi-ta-gul
chang-he mang-mang jong-myol gung
mul-mul yom-nae mu gae-ae
ki-gan song-jong hak-tu hong
na-mu a-mi-ta bulBsan-dan jong-ya jwa mu-on
jok-chong nyo-yo bon ja-yon
ha-sa so-pung dong-nim ya
il-song han-ang-nyu jang-chon
na-mu a-mi-ta bul

won gong bop-kye jae jung-saeng
dong-im-mi-ta dae won-hae
jin mi-rae je-do jung saeng
ja-ta il-shi song bul-do
na-mu a-mi-ta bul

na-mu so-bang jong-to gung-nak se-gye
sam-shim-nyung-man-ok il-shib-il-man
gu-chon-o-baek dong-myong dong-ho
dae-ja dae-bi a-mi-ta bul
na-mu so-bang jong-to gung-nak se-gye
bul-shin jang-gwang

sang-ho mu-byon gum-saek-kwang-myong
byon-jo bop-kye
sa-ship par-won do-tal jung-saeng
bul-ga-sol bul-ga-sol-chon
bul-ga-sol hang-ha-sa bul-chal mi-jin-su
do mak-chug-wi mu-han guk-su

il-shib-il-man gu-chon-o-baek
dong myong dong-ho dae-ja dae-bi
a-dung do-sa kum-saek yo-rae
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul
na-mu a-mi-ta bul

bon-shim mi-myo jin-on da-nya-ta
om a-ri da-ra sa-ba-ha
om a-ri da-ra sa-ba-ha
om a-ri da-ra sa-


Thirty Years of Teaching Abroad Poem

Posted on Jul 26 , 2011 in Blog

Mountain is mountain, water is water,
Mountain is blue, water is flowing.
East, West, South, North.
Circling around, around and around this globe for thirty years.
Running, running, and running, not resting even for a day,
In order to show correct Way, correct Truth, and correct Life.

This empty world becomes substance world,
Substance world becomes truth world.
Truth world changes into function world.
World after world, life after life, only following the Bodhisattva path.
To attain that, could not even rest one minute, not even one second.
White faces, black faces, yellow faces.
Numberless eyes all become one.
Holding both hands with palms together:

Blue sky, white cloud, universal love and service.
Throughout world after world, life after life, following the Bodhisattva Way.
Kwan Se Um Bosal, Kwan Se Um Bosal. Great Love, Great Compassion, save
those in suffering, in difficulty,
Kwan Se Um Bosal.
What is this?
Don’t know!

The heavens collapse, and the ground caves in.
The great universe is split from side to side.
In the midst of true emptiness, without even one thing.
Where do you come from, and where do you go?
What is this?
Only don’t know!

The frightened rabbit with horns runs to the South,
the stone snake with wings flies to the North.
The Sunrise at dawn brightens the Eastern sky,
a beautiful white cloud passes towards the West.
Thirty years pass by just like a dream.
Shin Myo Jang Gu Dae Da Ra Ni
with palms together:

How may I help you!

Given by Zen Master Sueng Sahn June 20th, 1996


Trusting In Mind (Third Patriarch of Zen, Seng-Ts’an)

Posted on Jul 19 , 2011 in Blog & Newsletter

A New Translation of the Hsin Hsin Ming, the classic poem by the Third Patriarch of Zen, Seng-Ts’an

The Great Way is not difficult,
Just don’t pick and choose.
If you cut off all likes or dislikes
Everything is clear like space.

Make the slightest distinction
And heaven and earth are set apart.
If you wish to see the truth,
Don’t think for or against.

Likes and dislikes
Are the mind’s disease.
Without understanding the deep meaning
You cannot still your thoughts.

It is clear like space,
Nothing missing, nothing extra.
If you want something
You cannot see things as they are.

Outside, don’t get tangled in things.
Inside, don’t get lost in emptiness.
Be still and become One
And all opposites disappear.

If you stop moving to become still,
This stillness always moves.
If you hold on to opposites,
How can you know One?

If you don’t understand One,
This and that cannot function.
Denied, the world asserts itself.
Pursued, emptiness is lost.

The more you think and talk,
The more you lose the Way.
Cut off all thinking
And pass freely anywhere.

Return to the root and understand.
Chase appearances and lose the source.
One moment of enlightenment
Illuminates the emptiness before you.

Emptiness changing into things
Is only our deluded view.
Do not seek the truth.
Only put down your opinions.

Do not live in the world of opposites.
Be careful! Never go that way.
If you make right and wrong,
Your mind is lost in confusion.

Two comes from One,
But do not cling even to this One.
When your mind is undisturbed
The ten thousand things are without fault.

No fault, no ten thousand things,
No disturbance, no mind.
No world, no one to see it.
No one to see it, no world.

This becomes this because of that.
That becomes that because of this.
If you wish to understand both,
See them as originally one emptiness.

In emptiness the two are the same,
And each holds the ten thousand things.
If you no longer see them as different,
How can you prefer one to another?

The Way is calm and wide,
Not easy, not difficult.
But small minds get lost.
Hurrying, they fall behind.

Clinging, they go too far,
Sure to take a wrong turn,
Just let it be! In the end,
Nothing goes, nothing stays.

Follow nature and become one with the Way,
Free and easy and undisturbed.
Tied by your thoughts, you lose the truth,
Become heavy, dull, and unwell.

Not well, the mind is troubled.
Then why hold or reject anything?
If you want to get the One Vehicle
Do not despise the world of the senses.

When you do not despise the six senses,
That is already enlightenment.
The wise do not act.
The ignorant bind themselves.

In true Dharma there is no this or that,
So why blindly chase your desires?
Using mind to stir up the mind
Is the original mistake.

Peaceful and troubled are only thinking.
Enlightenment has no likes or dislikes.
All opposites arise
From faulty views.

Illusions, flowers in the air —
Why try to grasp them?
Win, lose, right, wrong —
Put it all down!

If the eye never sleeps,
Dreams disappear by themselves.
If the mind makes no distinctions,
The ten thousand things are one essence.

Understand this dark essence
And be free from entanglements.
See the ten thousand things as equal
And you return to your original nature

Enlightened beings everywhere
All enter this source.
This source is beyond time and space.
One moment is ten thousand years.

Even if you cannot see it,
The whole universe is before your eyes.

Infinitely small is infinitely large:
No boundaries, no differences.
Infinitely large is infinitely small:
Measurements do not matter here.

What is is the same as what is not.
What is not is the same as what is.
Where it is not like this,
Don’t bother staying.

One is all,
All is one.
When you see things like this,
You do not worry about being incomplete.

Trust and Mind are not two.
Not-two is trusting the Mind.

Words and speech don’t cut it,
Can’t now, never could, won’t ever.

Seng-Ts’an was the third Chinese patriarch of Zen, having received transmission from Bodhidharma’s successor, Hui K’o. The poem attributed to him, the “Hsin Hsin Ming” (lit. “Trust Mind Inscription), is one of the earliest and most influential Zen writings, blending together Buddhist and Taoist teachings.

The translator, Zen Master Hae Kwang, teaches Zen at the Kansas Zen Center and Classics at the University of Kansas.


Ox Herding with Barry Briggs

Posted on Jul 15 , 2011 in Blog

Barry Briggs a.k.a. @Layman_Pang on Twitter is doing a series of posts on food this week over on his blog Ox Herding. Check it out!