Zen Buddhism is non-theistic, so its emphasis is on realizing our Buddha Nature, the nature of the self.  Therefore, all of Zen's rituals point to the oneness of the self and the ten thousand things.  Zen liturgy is upaya,- skillful means.  Like meditation and all the areas of zen training, it functions as a way of uncovering the truth which is the life of each one of us.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  Buddhist practices like meditation, are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.  The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path; a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.  An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision.  This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the Western sense.  The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical:  nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible.  So, Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender.  It teaches practical methods which enable people to realise and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, and instead of being a victim or blaming, to be fully responsible for their lives.



Sunday Services begin at 10 a.m. 


Please arrive early enough to allow for parking and settling in to sit, as the short meditation begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp.  The door is opened at 9:40 a.m. and locked between 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. so as not to disturb those who are meditating.


Everyone is welcome.  (Registration is not required)


Wear loose, clean clothing, something that is comfortable and allows you to stretch. Sweat pants and shirt are fine; shorts not so much.  Avoid bright colours. Shirts with logos and writing can be distracting to a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.  Please wear socks. Warm socks are a good idea in the winter, as you will be asked to remove your shoes at the door.  Perfume and jewellery are not worn in the meditation room.


Recitation of the 3 Refuges, 5 Precepts and Bodhisattva Precepts will take place on the Thursday closest to the Full Moon, before Members' Sitting, unless otherwise noted*. If you have taken Refuge and the 5 Precepts, in any tradition, please join us on the following dates, in 2017.

January 12
February 9
March 9

* To be recited at home if there is a cancellation.


7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
January 11, 2017

First Wednesday of Every Month (unless otherwise noted)
Please call or check this site in case of a cancellation.

Join us by chanting the Medicine Buddha Mantra for those who need a blessing for physical, mental and/or emotional well-being.  Use it, give it, and share it.  Everything begins here, in our hearts.

Explanation of the meaning of the Mantra


Bekandze means eliminating pain, maha bekandze means great eliminating of pain. One explanation of the meaning of the first bekandze is that it refers to eliminating the pain of true suffering, not just of disease but of all problems. It eliminates the pain of death and rebirth that are caused by karma and disturbing thoughts. The first bekandze eliminates all the problems of body and mind, including old age and sickness.

The second bekandze eliminates all the true cause of suffering, which is not external but within the mind. This refers to karma and disturbing thoughts. It is the inner cause that enables external factors such as food and exposure to sunlight to become conditions for disease.

Scientists claim that intense exposure to the sun causes skin cancer. However, without the cause in the mind, there is nothing to make external factors become conditions for disease. Exposure to sunlight is a condition for skin cancer, but it is not the main cause. For those who have created the cause to get skin cancer, the external phenomenon of sunlight can become a condition for skin cancer.

For example, not everyone who sunbathes on the beach gets skin cancer. Also human beings have been exposing themselves to the sun for many thousands of years, but skin cancer is a comparatively recent phenomenon. The important question is: Why doesn’t everyone who is exposed to the sun get skin cancer? The proof that sunlight is not the main cause of skin cancer is that not everyone who is exposed to the sun gets skin cancer.

If someone has created the cause, as long as they do not do anything to purify it, the cause will definitely bring its own result; just as a seed that is planted will definitely result in a sprout as long as it is not eaten by birds, and so forth. Once there is a cause, as long as there is no obstacle to the cause, it is natural to experience its result.

So, the second bekandze refers to eliminating the cause of problems, karma motivated by disturbing thoughts.

The third phrase, maha bekandze, or “great eliminating,” refers to eliminating even the subtle imprints left on the consciousness by disturbing thoughts.

The Medicine Buddha mantra actually contains the remedy of the whole graduated path to enlightenment. The first bekandze contains the graduated path of the lower capable being in general; the second bekandze, the graduated path of the middle capable being in general; and maha bekandze, the graduated path of the higher capable being. The whole graduated path from the beginning up to the peerless happiness of full enlightenment is contained in the Medicine Buddha Mantra.

Reciting the mantra leaves imprints on our mind, so that we are also able to actualize the path contained in the mantra. It establishes the blessing of the whole path within our heart; we can then generate the whole graduated path to enlightenment, which is signified by bekandze bekandze maha bekandze.

The OM is composed of three sounds, ah, u, and mmm, which signify the Medicine Buddha’s completely pure holy body, holy speech, and holy mind. Actualizing the whole path to enlightenment purifies our impure body, speech, and mind and transforms them into the Medicine Buddha’s pure holy body, holy speech, and holy mind. We then become a perfect guide for living beings.

You need not be a Buddhist to participate in chanting this marvelous mantra.  Intent is most important.


(for those who have taken Five Precepts)

Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  (Please check for cancellation dates)

October 6 - Homage to Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Sitting and Walking Meditation
October 13 - Precept Ceremony & Recitation
October 20 - Homage to Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Sitting and Walking Meditation
October 27 - Earth Touching Meditation

Important:  Be seated 10 minutes before the beginning of the Bell Gatha.

Experienced meditators are welcome to attend.

Please confirm attendance 24 hours in advance.


The Uposatha is a time to intensify one's own meditation and Dharma practice, for instance, meditating an extra session or for a longer time, reading or chanting special Buddhist texts, recollecting or giving in some special way.

One can observe Uposatha on the days of half-moon, new moon, and full moon of each lunar month.  Traditionally, the Uposatha days are observed ten times a month, on the 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and final three days of each lunar month. 

On each Uposatha Day, devout Upāsaka and Upāsikā (those who have taken lay-precepts) practice the Eight Precepts, perhaps echoing the Buddha's teaching that laypeople should "imitate" arhats on Uposatha days.

For lay practitioners, the Uposatha is a time to intensify one's meditation and Dharma practice.  For example, meditating for an extra session or a longer time, reading or chanting special sutras, eating only vegetarian, and practicing Dana.

The Eight Precepts are for upāsakas and upāsikās who wish to practice Buddhism more strictly than through adherence to the five precepts. The eight precepts focus both on avoiding morally bad behaviour, as do the five precepts, and on leading a more ascetic life.
The Buddha gave teachings on how the eight precepts are to be practiced, and on the right and wrong ways of practicing the eight precepts.
  1. I undertake to abstain from causing harm and taking life (both human and non-human), and to abstain from eating meat.
  2. I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given (for example stealing, displacements that may cause misunderstandings).
  3. I undertake to abstain from sexual activity.
  4. I undertake to abstain from wrong speech: telling lies, deceiving others, manipulating others, using hurtful words.
  5. I undertake to abstain from using intoxicating drinks and drugs, which lead to carelessness.
  6. I undertake to abstain from eating at the wrong time (the right time is after sunrise, before noon).
  7. I undertake to abstain from singing, dancing, playing music, attending entertainment performances, wearing perfume, and using cosmetics and garlands (decorative accessories).
  8. I undertake to abstain from luxurious places for sitting or sleeping, and overindulging in sleep.


Registration is required for all programmes, except Sunday morning sesshins. Please email to the address indicated in the programme outline on this site, with the following information.

  1. Register by emailing sistertinhquang (at) yahoo (dot) ca. (one registration per Contact).
  2. Full Name (Dharma name if you have taken Refuge)
  3. Address, including postal code
  4. Day & Evening telephone numbers
  5. Email address
  6. The programme in which you are interested, including dates.

Space is limited ... register early! Registrations must be received no later than 5 days before the intended programme.

Your registration will be confirmed by email.


*Dana, or generosity, is a lovely tradition in Buddhism that allows students the chance to convey their appreciation for Buddhist teachings by assisting the Sangha. A gift of Dana comes from our heart and is suitable to the circumstances. Each gift is valued and every practitioner appreciated.

Your Dana helps a lot. All Dana is suggested only. There is no wish to deprive anyone of the opportunity to attend a workshop or other sessions because of financial inability.  Place Dana in an envelope and hand it directly to the teacher.  An alternative is to bring a non-perishable food item.


Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.
But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.

The disciples were greatly confused. Buddha quietly displayed the lotus to each of them. In turn, the disciples did their best to expound upon the meaning of the flower: what it symbollized, and how it fit into the body of Buddha’s teaching.

When at last the Buddha came to his follower Mahakasyapa, the disciple suddenly understood. He smiled and began to laugh. Buddha handed the lotus to Mahakasyapa and began to speak.

“What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.”
Mahakashyapa became Buddha’s successor from that day forward.

The Flower Sutra is a sutra in the Zen (or Chan) tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. It's earliest versions date from the 11th century. Zen Buddhism stresses wordless insight more than most other types of Buddhism. This sutra exemplifies that very well.
In many versions of this sutra the Buddha doesn't walk around, he merely holds up the Lotus, roots and all, to a group of disciples. Most disciples are confused.

Mahakashyapa smiles.

To Zen Buddhists this sutra shows the origins of the wordless teachings of Zen - its history started with the Buddha himself.


Bodhi Day! Just a reminder for those who have tickets for Bodhi Day at McMaster's W.J.McCallium Planetarium tomorrow ... Please try to arrive by 6:30. Parking will be at a premium due to exams and parking lots are not too close to the Burke Science Building, B149.

It is a small space and it will be disruptive if arriving late. Do your best!


Bodhi Day (Buddha's Enlightenment Day)! 
December 8, 2016 at 7 p.m.
at W.J.McCallion Planetarium
Light Refreshments after showing

Bodhi Day or The Buddha's Enlightenment is celebrated by Mahayana Buddhists on 8th December each year.  Among Mahayana Buddhists, this holiday celebrates the Buddha's attainment of understanding of the truth of existence, freeing himself from all human suffering, and finding perfect happiness.

Little Heron Zen Hermitage has been working with McMaster University's W.J.McCallion Planetarium to take us back in time and have a showing of the night sky and rising morning star, at the time of the Buddha's Enlightenment (roughly 2560 years ago). Planetarium staff will explain the star formations, I will speak about the events leading to the Buddha's enlightenment, followed by a short meditation to coincide with the rising morning star.

Seating is limited to 33 people. May karma be ripe for you to join us.

Tickets:  $25  

Contact for Tickets:  Diane Milliard  289-238-8913



Beginning January 18, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Zen Buddhism was founded by the South Indian Tamil Pallava prince- turned monk, Bodhidharma, who went to China during the rise of Tamil Buddhism to teach a "special transmission outside the scriptures, not founded on words or letters."

Rising out of the wisdom of China, Vietnam, India, and Japan, Zen became an influential movement to explore the lesser-known reaches of the human mind.  Today we are reviving modern significance in its ancient insights.  This course is an endeavour to meet Zen in its purest form, by returning to its famous, legendary Teachers.

This course presents a treasury of Zen tradition:  Meditation, teachings, anecdotes, stories, legends, sayings, and wisdom culled from the classic texts of Chinese Chan, Vietnamese Thiền, Korean Seon, Japanese Zen and even Tibetan Zen.

Suggested Dana:  $20/class

To Register:  Email - sistertinhquang (at) with full name and telephone number. Space is limited, so register early.


Buddhist Teachings and Meditation

Mondays beginning September 19 until November 28.
(No class on Thanksgiving or Halloween)

7 p.m.

Little Heron Zen Hermitage
74 Alpine Avenue

Mindfulness is the skill of being deliberately attentive to your experience as it unfolds - without the superimposition of your usual commentary and conceptualizing.  The capacity to be mindful provides a wholesome way to attend to your experiences and helps you overcome the unskillful habits of mind that cause you to suffer needlessly. Learn to control stress and create resiliency, and learn mindfulness meditation to help promote healing along with emotional stability and the ability to overcome a wide variety of difficulties. These teachings provide a practical guide to developing the skill of mindfulness and applying it to every aspect of daily life.

Practicing mindfulness meditation reveals and develops the qualities of wisdom and compassion, the twin virtues of the discipline.

Everyone can benefit from this practice. It helps free us from illusion so that we can look at ourselves with greater clarity and make appropriate changes in our lives. We become aware of the depth of selfishness and the real intent that can motivate actions that are thought to be altruistic.

Taught by Thich nu Tinh Quang, based on the Buddha's style of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, the original techniques used are for increasing your awareness and freeing yourself of painful mental habits. Vipassana meditation is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as mentioned in the Satipatthana Sutra. Your understanding and experience of meditation will deepen. Sister Tinh Quang will give teachings on Walking Meditation, The Three Poisons, Karma, Four Brahma Viharas, Metta, Karuna, The Five Hindrances, Dukkha, Intention, and Equanimity. Vipassana meditation is a lifelong process that requires daily practice, discipline, and patience.



November 20, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m.

The Quest

Mohawk College 
Student Residence Conference Centre


Submit your request for Thich nu Tinh Quang to speak or lead a retreat,
by emailing sistertinhquang (at)



Kindness and compassion are the way of the Bodhisattva.  Our objective is to provide sanitary products, toiletries, socks, gloves, winter head covering, and undergarments to women and girls living on the streets.

(Youtube video from Bustle)

We are asking individuals to fill a purse or backpack with the following items, to be distributed by Helping Hamilton Homeless.
Tampons/Pads, cups, Period panties, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, cleansing wipes, hair products, menstrual cramp relievers (Advil, Aleve) packaged underwear, gently used bras, socks, dental floss, vaseline, chapstick and deodorant. Also any products for young girls. (Brushes, purses, stockings, hair ties, shampoo/conditioner).
Once your package is complete, please drop it off at the Hermitage on Sunday morning after service.  

Your help is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE:  I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who took the time to make up bags of items for homeless women. I'm not sure who you all are as some backpacks and purses were left at the front door of the Hermitage. Thanks so much Jackie Jones and Lindsay Law (and friends). Your kindness and compassion will bring some ease and joy into the heart of some homeless women.  HHH were extremely pleased with the number of items provided and thanked you all very much.

If you have some warm blankets, winter coats, gloves, toques, scarves, socks or boots for men or women which you would like to donate, please contact Roots of Humanity OR Helping Hamilton Homeless on Facebook.
Thanks again.



Verses on the Faith Mind by The 3rd Zen Patriarch, Seng-ts'an

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
The Way is perfect like vast space when nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things.
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.
Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both activity and passivity, assertion and denial.
To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality; to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.
The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth.
Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.
The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance.
Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.
Do not remain in the dualistic state -- avoid such pursuits carefully.
If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
Although all dualities come from the One, do not be attached even to this One.
When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when such a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.
When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.
When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes, as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
Things are objects because of the subject (mind); the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).
Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.
In this emptiness the two are indistinguishable and each contains in itself the whole world.
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.
To live in the Great Way is neither easy nor difficult, but those with limited views are fearful and irresolute; the faster they hurry, the slower they go, and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited; even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.
Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.
Obey the nature of things (your own nature), and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
What benefits can be derived from distinctions and separations?
If you wish to move in the One Way do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, to accept them fully is identical with true Enlightenment.
The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself.
There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind is the greatest of all mistakes.
Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
All dualities come from ignorant inference.
They are like dreams or flowers in air: foolish to try to grasp them.
Gain and loss, right and wrong: such thoughts must finally be abolished at once.
If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease.
If the mind makes no discriminations, the ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence.
To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.
When all things are seen equally the timeless Self-essence is reached.
No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, relationless state.
Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion, both movement and rest disappear.
When such dualities cease to exist Oneness itself cannot exist.
To this ultimate finality no law or description applies.
For the unified mind in accord with the Way all self-centered striving ceases.
Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible.
With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.
All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind's power.
Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value.
In this world of suchness there is neither self nor other-than-self.
To come directly into harmony with this reality just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'
In this 'not two' nothing is separate, nothing is excluded.
No matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth.
And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space; in it a single thought is ten thousand years.
Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes.
Infinitely large and infinitely small; no difference, for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen.
So too with Being and Non-Being.
Don't waste time with doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this.
One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction.
To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with trusting mind.
The Way is beyond language, for in it there is
no yesterday,
no tomorrow,
no today.



108 Bows
Before bowing, I prepare the proper mindset:
- Bowing is one way to purify myself.
- Through bowing, I learn how to humble myself and how to have a healthy body and mind.
- I bow to realize that others' lives are just as valuable as mine.
- I bow to get rid of my selfishness.
- I bow because it is the desire of my true self.
- I bow for all living things, and for peace in the universe.
1. I bow to wonder where I came from and where I am and where I am going.
2. I bow to appreciate my parents for giving birth to me.
3. I bow to think about who I am.
4. I bow to find my true self.
5. I bow to always appreciate my body and spirit.
6. I bow for the well-being of my body and spirit.
7. I bow to think about my true desires.
8. I bow to find myself and to learn how to control myself.
9. I bow to appreciate the life I live today.
10. I bow to give thanks for being alive.
11. I bow to think about how much I love myself.
12. I bow to be able to always love my family.
13. I bow to feel happiness and peace of mind through love.
14. I bow to look for happiness only through love.
15. I bow to know that unchangeable love is flowing through the universe.
16. I bow to the teacher who has shown me the right way.
17. I bow to feel that love originates inside me.
18. I bow to reflect that my teacher's lessons are inside me.
19. I bow to feel that all living things, and the universe, are inside me.
20. I bow to remember that my ancestors and gods are inside me.
21. I bow to ask for forgiveness from the people I have hurt, because it hurts the whole universe.
22. I bow to take care of myself and not to do bad things.
23. I bow to rid myself of arrogance.
24. I bow to rid myself of false humility, even if I am in bad circumstances.
25. I bow to call attention to the good in others, but not the bad.
26. I bow to keep others' secrets.
27. I bow to rid myself of hatred of others.
28. I bow to rid myself of anger against others.
29. I bow to not repeat anything I have not heard.
30. I bow to not repeat anything I have not seen.
31. I bow to always be ready, but not to expect things to be easy.
32. I bow to avoid expecting obedience from others.
33. I bow to avoid expecting difficulty in my life.
34. I bow to make the best of each moment in my life.
35. I bow to live a righteous life.
36. I bow to repay even the smallest debt of gratitude.
37. I bow to not put my own needs over the needs of others.
38. I bow to not be stingy to others.
39. I bow to not harm others in order to get ahead.
40. I bow to try not to obtain valuable things with little effort.
41. I bow to have the power to control my desires.
42. I bow to reflect that life is more valuable than anything else.
43. I bow to know that suffering comes from an attached mind.
44. I bow to avoid making foolish mistakes out of ignorance.
45. I bow to try to attain deep wisdom.
46. I bow to learn to be nice to people, even if I have negative feelings toward them.
47. I bow to avoid clinging to the strong in order to hurt those who are weaker than me.
48. I bow to be honest with myself, and also to avoid flattering others.
49. I bow to be true and honest with myself above all others.
50. I bow to know that happiness, unhappiness, and desire are all within my mind.

51.  I bow to know that happiness does not come from others, it comes from me.
52. I bow to realize the value of living a smooth, peaceful life.
53. I bow to avoid looking back at the past, and to not worry about the future.
54. I bow to own possessions, but not to be controlled by them.
55. I bow to know that I can find peace by being patient.
56. I bow to know that having a repentant mind is the best mind.
57. I bow to find freedom through wisdom.
58. I bow to control my mind, not to be controlled by it.
59. I bow to be diligent in my efforts to improve myself.
60. I bow to be thankful for the hard times I have had, because they have made me strong.
61. I bow to keep my original pure mind, even when time passes.
62. I bow to pray with a thankful mind for everything.
63. I bow to be thankful that I can find myself in silence.
64. I bow to reflect on the value of living a pure, honest life.
65. I bow for the people who are working in bad conditions.
66. I bow for the people who are starving, poor, and living hard lives.
67. I bow for the people who work to provide me with healthy food.
68. I bow to have a generous mind, even if I don't have enough for myself.
69. I bow for the precious lives of my children, who I have brought into the world.
70. I bow for my partner, who became one with me through love.
71. I bow for all disabled people.
72. I bow for friends who have been beside me, sharing my laughter and tears.
73. I bow for moderation, even when I have enough to waste.
74. I bow for a humble mind.
75. I bow for humility, so that I can always put others first.
76. I bow to realize that nature is being destroyed.
77. I bow to realize that all lives are interconnected.
78. I bow for all the lives destroyed by the greed of humanity.
79. I bow for all the ecosystems that are recovering after being hurt by humanity.
80. I bow to listen to the sounds of life that are all around me.
81. I bow to realize that my life is the movement of my soul.
82. I bow to realize that the object of love and longing is life.
83. I bow to feel my soul being purified when I hear the sound of a clean, clear stream.
84. I bow to give thanks for being able to hear and enjoy the beautiful songs of birds.
85. I bow to be refreshed by the feeling of a cool breeze.
86. I bow to be thankful as I breathe in fresh air.
87. I bow to be thankful for the sight of beautiful wildflowers that are always present.
88. I bow to give thanks for the mountains and landscapes that speak to me through wind and snow.
89. I bow to the Earth, which feeds all living things.
90. I bow to the sky, which gives life to all living things.
91. I bow for my own peace.
92. I bow to hope for peace in everything around me.
93. I bow for the peace of my neighbor.
94. I bow for peace within countries that have been separated for no reason.
95. I bow for peace between countries arguing for political reasons.
96. I bow for peace and harmony among all religions.
97. I bow to hope for peace in all dead and living things.
98. I bow to hope for peace between human beings and nature.
99. I bow for a mind that is enlightened and peaceful
100. I bow for harmony between the poor and the rich.
101. I bow for harmony between the sick and the healthy.
102. I bow for harmony between those who have learned and those who have not.
103. I bow for those who have fallen into darkness.
104. I bow to accept all of the things I have done.
105. I bow to be thankful for all of the people who love me and take care of me.
106. I bow to be thankful for all of the good and beautiful things in my life.
107. I bow to be thankful for my life and to reflect on the lives that are yet to be.
108. I bow for myself, realizing that my own precious life is like the universe.






The library at Little Heron is being purged and most books must go. There are over 1,000 books, including Tibetan, Pureland, and some Buddhist psychology books. Some are pristine; some have been well loved. The photos are only a snippet of what is available. You are welcome to pick up one or several after Sunday services. Only about 30 will be available per week. Each week, more books will be put at the entrance.  

Free. Dana if able.

Those not taken after one week will be distributed to local hospitals and to the jail.  



When we respond to social problems, there is no need to think that we are involved in such activities because we are Buddhist.  We do them because we are responding compassionately to the situation, as should anyone who is sensitive to what that situation calls for.

The Little Heron Zen Hermitage is re-launching a food bank collection.  So, I'm asking all of you to please donate non-perishable food items to the drop-off box at the front door.  The food will alternately be delivered to Neighbour to Neighbour and to The Good Shepherd.  In lieu of Dana for the Hermitage, if you cannot afford it, please consider bringing a canned good for the food bank.

Volunteers would be appreciated to help deliver the boxes, when they are full.  This is a great opportunity to introduce your children or grandchildren to the importance of volunteerism.  

While fresh foods are an important part of anyone's diet, non-perishables are also a vital resource . You can make the most of your non-perishable food donation when you consider three things: nutrition, usefulness, and quality vs. quantity.

Most needed items include:

  • whole grain foods, pastas, rice, cereal
  • baking goods, sugar, salt, flour
  • canned beans, vegetable soup/noodles, fruits, and vegetables
  • lentils and beans



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