Peaceful Dwelling

What is Ango?

Ango—“peaceful dwelling”—is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism.

Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, as the monsoon rains began, the community would gather together. This enabled everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Three Treasures—Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Ango in the Mountains and Rivers Order

The MRO is committed to protecting the spiritual integrity and practice of ango. We recognize the complexity of practicing in the world of family, livelihood and other responsibilities, and this is particularly true during this time of Covid. At the same time, understanding the transformative effect that spiritual practice has on our lives, we emphasize the importance of entering regular periods of intensified training. All MRO students are required to formally participate in at least one ango each year.

Ango Requirements

During ango, Monastery residents intensify their daily practice by increasing their involvement in the Eight Gates of training and participating in monthly sesshins. Home practitioners take up the challenge by increasing their Eight Gates practice at home and making contact with the teachers at the Monastery, Temple or affiliate groups. Each ango, participants help create a unified sangha by joining in at least two zazen intensives and engaging with Buddhist study and Beyond Fear of Differences / anti-oppression work. Participation in an Introduction to Zen Training Retreat or Zen Practice Retreat online with the Monastery are strongly encouraged for those formally participating in ango.

Ango Opening Ceremony

Each ango begins formally with an Ango Opening Ceremony during which those participating in the training period step forward to acknowledge their commitment.  This Fall, the opening ceremony will take place on September 6th as part of our Sunday morning program. All are invited to witness and participant online. Although the morning program is usually webcast over Livestream, a special Zoom link will be made available shortly.

If you have questions about any aspect of ango training, call the Training Office and speak with one of the senior monastics.

Special Opportunities for Ango Participants

Buddhist Study
The 37 Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

Shugen Roshi will be working with this invaluable teaching over the course of the ango, in Sunday dharma discourses as well as the following sessions:

Although we will not be reading one commentary in particular together, various commentaries are helpful in developing a deeper understanding of the teaching. Below are several resources:

The Paramitas & Noble Path Talks
with Hojin Sensei, Hogen Sensei & ZCNYC Sangha
6:30-8 pm, Thursdays: October 1st, October 29th, November 12th
Join the Fire Lotus Temple sangha for a Noble Path Talk and study of the paramitas. Noble Path Talks will bring a diversity of voices and experiences from our community as we listen to a sangha member offer a 15 minute talk reflecting on and sharing their path to Dharma practice. What brought us to the Dharma? How is that spark alive now? How is our practice helping us now?
To register for the October 1st meeting please click here ; registration for 10/29 and 11/12 will be posted in the future.

Art & Body Practice

Sideways & Backwards: Poetry as an Adventure in Not-Knowing with Takusei Twichell
Twice monthly on Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm.  Dates: September 14th and 28th, October 12th and 26th,  November 9th and 23rd.
Please click here for details and to register.

Iyengar Yoga with Angaku Dreyfus
Tuesdays, 11am-12 pm (except during sesshin / One Continuous Thread). Beginning September 8th.
Please click here for details and to register.

A Brush in Time: A Space for Calligraphic Play with Kando Johnston
Twice monthly on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 pm. Dates: September 15th, October 13th, 20th (NEWLY ADDED DATE) & 27th,  November 10th and 24th.
Please click here for details and to register.

Morning Yoga with Ikyo Love
Fridays, 7-8 am (except during sesshin).  Beginning September 11th.
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Chair Yoga with Ikyo Love
Fridays, 8:15-8:45 am (except during sesshin). Beginning September 11th
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In Touch with Bodhisattvas: Art Practice with Hojin Sensei
Fridays, 10:30am-12 pm (except during sesshin)
Different registrations required for  OCTOBER    NOVEMBER

and…on October 31st at 10am…

Engaging the Circle: Dancing Across the Distance
with MK Abadoo and friends
This intergenerational workshop invites participants to relish in the joy of movement by exploring the question: how do we embody the wisdom of being in a circle, from a distance? Together, we will enliven our bodies to take up circling together by dancing together, as a creative expression of our interdependence.
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