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Board Meeting Highlights – January 14, 2024

Welcome new board members (Beau) Mark Splitt and Chris Cadman are welcomed by Beau and the other board members present.  It is estimated that board meetings will occur every 4 to 6 weeks.  Guiding Teacher Report (Taigen) Taigen discussed the recent Tanto talk by...

Board Meeting Highlights – December 17, 2023

Transition Report (Hogetsu)  Hogetsu, after reflection and discussion with Sangha members, feels that the proposed Co-Guiding Teacher position would not be comfortable for her.  It is essential to honor Taigen and to mark his stepping back. Hogetsu wants to be a...

Board Meeting Highlights – December 3, 2023

Techno Report (Simone) Simone put together a packet with proposed improvements and suggests a microphone purchase for $500 to $700 Reuben expressed concerns that the microphone will sit on the floor and pick up extraneous sounds Wade suggested checking in with regular...

Board Meeting Highlights – October 22, 2023

Proposal to Invite Hogetsu as a Co-Guiding Teacher There is a committee to determine compensation - David Wray, Alex Bernstein, and Ko Carol Laursen Committee will put a proposal together with Taigen and Hogetsu and then bring that proposal to the board for approval. ...

Board Meeting Highlights – October 1, 2023

Branching Streams Recap (Wade, Reuben, Douglas) Wade discussed how he enjoyed wide-open format of conference. Some common themes included engaging younger sangha.  Other themes included training new leadership and training new leadership Reuben enjoyed the community...

Bob Dylan’s Hymns: What Is Really Sacred

Bob Dylan’s Hymns: What is Really Sacred[1] by Taigen Dan Leighton   Copyright © 2023 Taigen Dan Leighton Introduction: What is Truly Sacred? One of Bob Dylan’s seminal songs is “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” from “Bringing It All Back Home” in 1965. Dylan...

Board Meeting Highlights – August 13, 2023

Board Meeting Highlights August 13, 2023 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Guiding Teacher Report Guest speakers Florence Caplow in-person last Sunday of August  Hakusho speaking September 10th Steven Heine the week after Norman Fischer will talk in November or December  ...

Board Meeting Highlights – June 11, 2023

Guiding Teacher report Upcoming guest teachers – Brook Ziporyn (July 30), Peter Coyote (TBD), Gaelyn Godwin (TBD) Jukai – June 18th scheduled for 2:00 pm  Taigen giving on-line talk July 23rd at Houston Zen Center Sangha Care Commitee We will do an hour Zoom tea, on...

Board Meeting Highlights – April 30, 2023

Guiding Teacher report Jukai June 18th at 2 pm – conducted by Taigen and Nyozan  Jukai recipients are Alex Peltz, Wade Wheatley, and David Wray  There will be a Zoom offering Upcoming Guest Teachers – Gaelyn Godwin, Brook Ziporyn, and Peter Coyote  Plan to do a...

Board Meeting Highlights – March 5, 2023

Sangha Meeting Recap Themes: desire for people to connect with other practitioners, particularly for online folks, and to volunteer more to be part of the sangha, the desire for more information of this body and the finance folks, and temple search, lingering concerns...