In April, Hojin Sensei and senior monastic Yukon Grody attended a screening of a new documentary about Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community, sponsored by the Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community and the Rosendale Theater. Afterwards they led a lively discussion with 200 audience members about the monastic life.
Downstate in April, Hojin Sensei met with residents at the Brooklyn YWCA where she gave beginning instruction in zazen, the start of an on-going program which has been warmly received.
In May, Shugen Roshi traveled to Buffalo, offering a public evening on Loving Kindness: A Talk on the Metta Sutta, a discussion evening on The Unexpected Gift of Karma, and to officiate at the wedding of Buffalo sangha members David Nelson and Christine Mawhiney. Also in May, Zuisei Sensei visited and gave a presentation for an open house at the new Middle Way School in Saugerties, NY.