January 2019
Weekly Temple Services 
Monday - Friday 6:30 am and 6:30 pm
Meditation Saturday 9am full service + meditation
Dear Ones,
Well it is the start of the New Year. May we all live in peace, health, and happiness.
We had our usual New Year's Eve meditation and ringing the great bell 108 times, a most wonderful way to end 2018 in meditation and bring in 2019 with bell and more meditation.
To the many friends and Buddhist family members, thank you for your support and practice.
in Metta.....Thay Kozen
Thich Minh Thien's Column
Thay Z at the ocean

Another year around the sun, and here we are, starting what will be designated as 2019. The start of a new year includes reflections about what was just experienced and a look forward to hopes and setting intentions for next year. Get more sleep, lose weight, start that exercise program, spend more time doing what we love and with those we love, are just some of the common intentions many of us will make. 

As each year ends for me, a recollection arises and I choose a personal mini retreat of sorts, with 3 days of increased meditation and reflection, done mostly in silence. I do this as a remembrance and reflection associated with a sad day 6 years ago.
There are a few who know some of the details; but most will not have this reference point. Those details however, are unimportant to know. The importance of this anniversary observance for me is a deepening recognition that life is a precious gift and time waits for no one. So during this retreat on the sixth anniversary of my personal remembrance, these poetic words I recently read, accurately describe what I see and experience and rediscover. I share them with you all now.

“What have I learned from life?

We visit this life,
This world,
This human self, but briefly.
Around me I see
All beings digging holes,
Getting entangled in unnecessary stuff,
Believing it’s the only thing that is real.
The webs we spin
Are only traps for ourselves.

But we must eat, we must love,
We must try,
To blend and merge,
To give and to be,
To thrill in this human form,
While we can.
To be awed by the life around us
And All that we meet
And dance with.

I am so grateful now knowing this.
I dissolve in humility,
As I sit,
And so am edgeless;
Emergent and enduring;
Formless and complete…”

I wish all a most Happy New Year with a reminder from the great Zen Teacher and Master, Dogen Zenji.

“Let me respectfully remind you…
Life and Death are of extreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
Each of us must strive to Awaken; Awaken!
Take heed; do not squander your life.”

May All Beings Be Happy and Free

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Ven. Jeff Miles
Fa Hsing 法 行 , Tâm Minh 心 明
All that time spent
Looking for awakening,
Only to find it
Right where we left it -
Isn’t that always the way?

Winter dawn -
A quiet rain
Slowly rinses
The night away.

Seeking silence,
I chase it away;
Stopping to rest,
It takes hold of me.
Budding Dharma Zen Buddhist Temple
Happy New Year from your sister temple in Arlington, Texas

2018 was a wonderful year for this small, simple temple and the Sangha continues to grow. We added a meditation session called “Zen-to-Go” at 1pm on Wednesdays. It is offered for those who find attending the full service at 7pm difficult due to work/school schedules or family obligations. It is a shorter service with a sitting meditation and the chanting of a Sutra. I wasn’t sure whether there would be anyone interested, but like the old movie adage says, “…build it and they will come…”. There is now a regular group of people who join us at Zen-to-Go and the 7pm Sangha is growing as well. I am grateful for those who come to practice at Budding Dharma.

I am looking at adding another day of services in 2019. I also hope to offer a day Retreat or two as well. We are seeing an increase of students from the University of Texas at Arlington and I am grateful for their interest in developing a meditation practice and learning the teachings of the Buddha. I will also continue to teach at the Dallas Meditation Center on occasion.

Some of the offerings (dana) from Budding Dharma will be designated to help support the Tibetan girls Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple supports as well as sending a small amount monthly to help support the monks at MAZBT. In the practice of Generosity as a Sangha, we increase our understanding of Compassion for all sentient beings.

May All Beings Be Happy and Free.
Tibet Aid

Each year our temple sends money to 2 Tibetan Children who are refugees living in India, and another girl who is in Nursing School. We also send money to 1 refugee Tibetan monk living in India. Private donations help us some with these costs.

Private Donations
$480 for Dechen Youdon 08-10876-10
$60 for Dechen Youdon 08-10876-10 spending money - via private Donation
$100 for Tibet Aid
$100 for TCV School Gopalpur, Village Darati
$740 total
Temple pays
$480 Lobsang Legden (monk)
$120 ($10 month spending for Lobsang Legden
$480 Sonam Choetso 08-10875-10 via 1/2 from private donation
$60 Sonam Choetso 08-10875-10 Spending money via private donation
$1140 total

Private Donation
$1000 year for Tibetan Refugee girl to attend nursing school. She has completed her degree and passed the national nursing exam in India.

Children's savings for college
We have committed to sending our two young girls $1000 each per year for 4 years of college. We have $6,000 saved up so far - A most wonderful start of a new life for both girls.
Please Donate to

(877) 842-3824‬


M eat Production = Global Warming ???? Yikes!

We published this story in 2018 and it is just as true 1 year later

The boom in demand has been driven to some extent by the availability of new and better alternatives like plant-based burgers, but also the championing of more plant-based diets by chefs and celebrities. Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio made headlines in the fall when his investment in Beyond Meat was announced. 
There are also ethical concerns. Major changes in livestock production, including the spread of so-called mega-farms where large numbers of animals are reared in close confinement, has led to criticisms over what some see as unacceptable levels of animal welfare.
Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown told HuffPost he believes health concerns are the main motivation for reducing meat consumption. The World Health Organization has said  eating processed red meat like burgers and sausages is linked to cancer, with 50 grams (about 1.7 ounces) of processed meat a day ― less than two slices of bacon ― increasing the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent.
The environmental impact of meat production is also huge. Meat and dairy production is said to account for 14.5 percent of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions ― slightly more than the emissions produced by every car, train, aircraft and ship on the planet. 
Without cutting the over consumption of meat, it will be almost impossible to prevent global warming from passing the danger level of 2 degrees Celsius, according to international affairs think tank Chatham House.
Likewise, meat production is resource intense. Producing 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of fresh beef may need about 29 pounds of grain and 66 pounds of hay, research suggests, which in turn requires more than 26,000 gallons of water to produce.
Then there’s the fact that feeding crops to animals to produce food is just not very efficient. Globally, one-third of the calories produced by the world’s crops are used for animal feed, but only 12 percent of those feed calories contribute to the human diet, in the form of meat and other animal products.
It is these types of planetary costs, as well as potential human health risks such as antibiotic use in livestock operations, that have prompted calls for meat products to be taxed and the ” true costs ” of meat production to be accounted for.

Avalokiteshvara, Guānshìyīn Púsà, Quán Tự Tại Bồ Tát in the snow Dec 2018
2019 Temple Activities
this list is still under development, it may change
Dec 26 – Jan 3 Temple Closed
16 Tet Lunar New Year

8-10 Spring Metta Retreat with Thay Z  MAZBT
31 - April 7 Spring Retreat at Chua Thien An, Southern California
31 - April 7 Spring Retreat at Chua Thien An, Southern California
6 Qi Gong 9am-12noon. Therapeutic Touch 1pm –4pm  
with Janet Essley primordial energy flow Qi Gong 9am -12noon
& Kim Curtis Healing Touch 1pm - 4pm      
20 Tea is Zen, Zen is Tea by Ven Jeff Miles
 Ven. Fa Hsing (10:30 – 12:30) Tea history, service, and practice
18 Trinity Sanga
 25 VESAK the most important Buddhist festival, commemorating the birth, enlightenment,
and death of the Buddha, and celebrated at the full moon in the Indian month of Vaishaka (April–May)
25& 26 WOMEN'S Retreat with Kay & Erika

1 Walking & Moving Meditations Class 10:30 – 1pm
Spend a morning learning and practicing walking and moving meditation
15 Living with Grief with Thay Kozen, An 8 hour class exploring grief and feelings.  We’ll review Buddhist beliefs as well as how we relate to our losses.  
20-23 FAMILY CAMPING RETREAT A chance to spend
a weekend with your family – camping and fun activities.
2-8 ZIKR with Bodhi Be and Leila
13 Mindfulness / Vipassana with August Mannett
A week long camping adventure with education , Buddhist lectures, rafting, and family life.
3 Organic Living with Emily Martin Explore the nature of organic living as well as practical tips on how to bring more of the concepts into your own life.  
10 ULAMBANA This is the day when the monastics complete their Rains Retreat.
It was considered that many monastics would have made progress during their retreat and therefore become a greater field of merit. Lay devotees make offerings on behalf of their ancestors
and dedicate the merit towards those suffering in the preta realm to relieve their suffering.
13-15 Fall Meditation Retreat
20-22 Thich Nhat Hanh Retreat
with Lucy Kingsley & Jeff Kerr
12-14 LGBTQ+ Retreat with Josh Wright & Tushar Bhagat
26 October SOBERfest with Dick Withers
Spend a day with family, fun, BBQ, and a sober group of friends.
9 Alternative Health
  Explore acupuncture, Qi Gong, Healing Touch.
NOV 30 – DEC 1 WOMEN'S RETREAT with Kay & Erika
7 Midnight Meditation
  Meditate from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am. Celebrate the time of great retreats. Spend the night in the temple
31 Midnight Meditation
MAZBT Meditate for 11:30 pm to 12:30 am Celebrate the time of great changes – ending the old year and beginning the new year. Spend the night in the temple.
We will ring the great bell 108 times at midnight
2019 Religious Holidays
"Either we are all God's children or none of us are"
1 Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
5 Twelfth Night - Christian
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
6 Epiphany - Christian
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian
7 Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian
8 Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
13 Maghi - Sikh
17 Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
20 World Religion Day - Baha'i
Tu BiShavat * - Jewish
21-23 Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist

2 Imbolc - Lughassad * - Wicca/Pagan - Northern and Southern hemispheres
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christian
3 Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto
5 Lunar New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism  
14 St. Valentine's Day - Christian
15 Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain
26 Intercalary Days begin - Baha'i
MARCH  2019
1 Intercalary Days end - Baha'i
2 – 20 Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
3 Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
6 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins- Christian
17 St. Patrick's Day - Christian
20 Equinox Ostara - Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
21 Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
Purim * - Jewish
28 Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** - Zoroastrian

April 2019
3 Laylat al Miraj * - Islam
9 Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh
Palm Sunday - Christian
19-21Theravadin New Year ** - Buddhist
19 Good Friday - Christian
20-27 Pesach * - Jewish
21 Easter - Christian
First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
Lailat al Bara'ah * - Islam
Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
28 Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christian
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

MAY 2019
1 Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
2 Last day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
Yom HaShoah - Jewish
6 Ramadan begins * - Islam
9 Yom Ha'Atzmaut * - Jewish
18 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist
23 Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
Lag B'Omer * - Jewish
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
30 Ascension of Jesus - Christian

JUNE  2019
1 Laylat al Kadr * - Islam
5-7 Eid al Fitr * - Islam
9 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian
Pentecost - Christian
9-10 Shavuot * - Jewish
16 Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh
Trinity Sunday - Christian
20 Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
21 Solstice Litha - Yule * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
22 First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
23 All Saints - Orthodox Christian

JULY  2019
9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
13-15 Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist/Shinto  ?
16 Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

AUGUST  2019
1 Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
10 Tish'a B'av - Jewish
Waqf al Arafa * Islam
12-15 Eid al Adha * - Islam

1 Hijra - New Year * - Islam
3 Paryushana Parva * - Jain
8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian
10 Ashura * - Islam
14 Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian
23 Equinox Mabon - Ostara * - Wicca Northern and Southern hemispheres
30-October 1 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish

4 St Francis Day - Catholic Christian
Blessing of the Animals - Christian
8 Dasara  ** - Hindu
9 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
14-20 Sukkot * - Jewish
20 Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
21 Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
22 Simchat Torah * - Jewish
27 Diwali - Sikh - Hindu - Jain
28 Jain New Year - Jain
29 Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
31 All Hallows Eve - Christian

1 All Saints Day - Christian
Samhain - Beltane * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christian
10 Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh
15 Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian
23 Thanksgiving - Interfaith
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh
26 Christ the King - Christian
Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i
28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i
Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA
30 St. Andrew's Day - Christian

1-24 Advent - Christian
6 Saint Nicholas Day - Christian
8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
12 Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
16-25 Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian
21 Solstice Yule - Litha * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
Yule - Christian
23-30 Hanukkah - Jewish
24 Christmas Eve - Christian
25 Christmas * - Christian
Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian
26 Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** - Zoroastrian
St Stephen's Day - Christian
27 Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
28 Holy Innocents - Christian
29 Holy Family - Catholic Christian
31 Watch Night - Christian
"Either we are all God's children or none of us are".
Mt. Adams Zen - Outside Of Our Temple
1st Sunday of the month, Buu Hung Monastery at 3pm
17808 NE 18th St. Vancouver WA 98684  
contact Venerable Su Co Hue Huong, huehuong7@yahoo.com
Every Monday - Trinity Sangha, at Trinity Natural Medicine at 12 noon
1808 Belmont Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

1st and 3rd Wednesday Evenings - Trinity Sangha Stu dy Group Time 6:30-8:00pm
Where: at Withers residence, 1829 5th St., Hood River (Sieverkropp Development behind Rosauer's)
Book to be studied: Peace in Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh

Other Meditation Groups in the Gorge

Heart Journey Each week there is a different presenter: Videos, teachers, mindfulness practices. Come join us. NO COST. Meets every Sunday Night October 7, 2018 - June 2019, 6pm to 7:30pm
 Stevenson United Methodist Church 325 NW Jefferson, Stevenson, Washington
Beginner to advanced practitioners welcomed! For information, contact heartjourneycenter@gmail.com or info@heartjourneycenter.org or call 427-5001

Friday Morning Guided Meditation with Emily . 6:30 - 7:00 am at Trinity Natural Medicine at 1808 Belmont Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

11th Step Recovery Meetings (Sundays in White Salmon and Tuesdays in Hood River) are cancelled until January. Please watch for further notice. Questions? Contact Dick Withers at (414) 587-4065.

11th Step Recovery Meeting #2 HOOD RIVER - Tuesday 5 to 6:30 at Medicine Lounge 1 029 May St, Hood River, OR. Contact Dick Withers for details : Richard.withers@att.net ; 414-587-4065

Pacific Hermitage Meditation and Dhamma talk with Thai Forest Monks 6:30-8 pm every Tuesday evening at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, WA. http://pacifichermitage.org 

Hood River Zen Sunday afternoon walking and sitting meditation 2nd and 4th" Sundays G ood Medicine lounge  1029 May Street, Hood River, Oregon. http://www.hoodriverzen.org. Contact Kyri Treiman: (kjtreiman@yahoo.com)

White Salmon Dharma Practice Group every other Sunday evenings at Atlan (near Northwestern Park outside of White Salmon). Contact: Scott Cushman: (rscottcush@gmail.com; 925-708-5652)

 Scott Rower, PhD scott@scottrowerphd.com has mindfulness classes - please contact him for details and to join the gorge facebook page - Mindfulness in the Gorge:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/179582775875524/
May the Infinite Light of Wisdom and Compassion so shine within us
that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled; 
so shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.
Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple   46 Stoller Rd., Trout Lake WA 98650 509.395.2030     www.Mtadamszen.org