March 2020 Newsletter
Weekly Temple Services 
Monday - Friday 6:30 am and 6:30 pm Meditation , Saturday 9am full service + meditation
for a full list of al events at Trout Lake Abbey
Dear ones,

Our good friends Venerable Nandha Medha and Venerable Esika, monks from Myanmar, visited us for a week. We hope to see them again.

Thai Restaurant, Sa Bai Thai Cuisine, at 4440 NE 131st Place, Portland OR was very kind to our visiting Myanmar monks and Thay Kozen. They have great food and kind hearts.

Many of us have thought or said, "you should do this, I like this, I don't like that, I want this, I don't want that" over and over again all day. Judgements are part of our everyday life and we may make hundreds of them every day. In our inward journey to find the practice of Buddhism, the great teachers tell us that "When opposite arise, the Buddha mind is lost". We're encouraged to go past wrong and right, good and bad judgements. As a personal gatha practice, we can stop whatever we are doing when a "should" (like or dislike) arises in thought, take a deep breath and recognize that a judgement is being made. Recognising the judgement allows us to be inner-aware. As we then go on with our day.

With the great concerns about the Novel Corona Virus all around us, please may we all take good care of ourselves and others.
May we all be well and happy. May we all know love and peace....Thay Kozen
Mt Adams Buddhist Temple Clergy Programs
Mt Adams Buddhist Temple 2020 Monks
Graduated Monks
Ven. Ron Zimmerman Arlington TX
Ven. Jeff Miles Aberdeen WA
Current Monks in training
Mt Adams Buddhist Temple 2020 Ministerial Program
Graduated Ministers
Debbie Nelson Trout Lake WA
Current Ministers in training
Valerie Grigg Devis Corvallis OR
Jean-Luc Devis, Corvallis, OR
August Jensen Trout Lake WA
Ed Reis Tucson AZ
Scott See Vancouver WA
Dave Sheppard White Salmon , WA
Emily Martin, Hood River OR
The Five Precepts of Service by Frank Ostaseski
Mindful and compassionate Buddhist End of Life Care Precepts

The first precept:
Welcome Everything. Push away Nothing.
The second precept:
Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
The third precept:
Don’t Wait.
The Fourth Precept:
Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things.
The Fifth precept:
Cultivate Don’t – Know Mind.
If you want to learn more about the precepts and Frank Ostaseski’s work, please visit
Snow Sound Sutra
by Ryan Warren January 2020

Crao Crao Crao Crao
The sound that sifts
Up as my boots chew through
The fog-sodden snow, frozen
To a fine crust.

Swallowing the winter sky,
The White Mountain,
A mist that melts to rain
The pine coated hillsides,
Granite-shouldered, white-footed,

Sliding in and out of view.
Frish Frish Frish Frish
Was yesterday’s sound
So much rain
I almost didn’t come.

Now night, wandering in the velour
Darkness, unless, starless,
Post-holing past half-buried Buddhas
At the near end
Of a deep-drifted field,

Chao Chao Chao Chao
Is now the sound
But changing with the hour
With every extra inch of mist
Every night’s fresh freeze, thaw.

I look down, lamp-lit
The prints of a pawed animal
Loping through the deep snow, too,
Maybe two days old, maybe Ten,
The big farm dog, maybe not.

I follow them for a bit before
I bend back to my bed.
Looking up at the sky
The ever-falling mist
Has frozen into snow.

The urgency of tomorrow’s investigation
Becomes apparent.

Walking Meditation
by Venerable Esika

T he Buddha said that mindfulness must be applied to the four postures of the body, i.e. walking, standing, sitting and lying down.

• While you are walking, you must be mindful of it as it is-
• While you are standing, you must be mindful of it as it is-
• While you are sitting, you must be mindful of it as it is-
• While you are lying down, you must be mindful of it as it is-

So, in every posture, there must be mindfulness.
We instruct meditators to practice walking and sitting meditation alternately so that they can
concentrate more easily and hence attain insight into the walking and sitting processes. Every
session of sitting must be preceded by walking because in walking meditation, the movement of
the foot is more distinct than the abdominal movement when sitting. When your meditation
practice matures, you may then need sitting meditation for a longer period than walking. When
you have reached the sixth stage of insight knowledge, you may practice sitting meditation
longer than walking you may sit for two or three hours and walk one hour. At that stage, your
concentration is good, deep and strong enough to realize the dissolution of nama and rupa
(mental and physical phenomena). But in the beginning of the practice, you need walking
meditation longer than sitting because you are not yet able to sit for long but can walk longer.
You can attain some degree of concentration more easily in walking than in sitting.
So first of all, you should practice walking meditation by being aware of stepping. When you
make a left step, note it as left. When you make a right step, note it as right. In this way, note left,
right, left, right, or just stepping, stepping. Labeling or naming is not so important as the mind
that observes the movement of the foot. You should lay stress on awareness, sharp awareness of
the movement of the foot.
When you practice walking meditation, you must not close your eyes. Instead, your eyes must be
half closed (that means, relax and keep your eyes normal) and you should look at a place on the
floor about four or five feet in front of your foot.
You must not bend your head too low. If you bend your head too low, you will soon feel tension
in your neck or shoulders. Also, you may have a headache or dizziness. You must not look at
your foot. If you look at your foot, you cannot concentrate well on the movement. Nor must you
look around here and there. Once you look around, the mind goes with the eyes; then your
concentration breaks. You may have a tendency or desire to look around when you feel that
someone is coming towards you or passing in front of you. That tendency or desire to look
around must be very attentively observed and noted as tendency or wanting to look until it has
disappeared. When the tendency or desire has disappeared, you won't look around. Then you can
maintain your concentration. So, please be careful not to look around so that you can maintain
your concentration and make progress in your attainment of concentration by walking
meditation. Your hands should be locked together in front or behind. If you feel you should
change the position of your hands, you may do so, but mindfully.
When you have an intention to change position, you should note intending, intending. Even then,
you should change the position very slowly and every action and movement involved in the act
of changing must be observed. You must not be unmindful of any movement or action. When
you have changed the position of your hands, then you should continue to note the movements of
the foot as before.
Winners and Losers
In many cultures, the concept of Winners and Losers has a definite impact on who we think we are. From the earliest of my recollections, in school, in sports, even in family dynamics, I can remember how this judgement of winning or losing influenced how I was viewed, how I felt and in many ways, how I made choices. Even today, after seven decades of life, this still influences some of my actions. Certainly the politics in this country, in this day and age is consumed with the concept of Winners and Losers. We label so many things that way. How many times have we heard statements like … “what a loser” … or “that was a winning strategy” … or … “you won’t win doing it that way”, in our conversations with others, or maybe even in judgements we internally make about ourselves.

Using terms like Winners and Loser, we might get the implication that it is about something that is right or something that is wrong. Even one of the key elements in some of the translations of our historical teacher’s the Noble Eightfold Path, assigns the word “right” to his philosophy and teachings for living a life with less suffering. We are encouraged to follow choices that incorporate Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Attitude, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Meditation. One might argue that this certainly opens the door to judgements about wrong views, intentions, speech, attitude, livelihood, efforts, concentration and meditation. When we assign labels like right or wrong or winners or losers, we can wall off the opportunity to see things in reality; more clearly, more broadly, with more love and compassion. It is easy to write-off a loser or to admire a winner however the challenge is to see deeply that there are more layers to a person’s actions and choices than may be evident at first glance.

In the book Recovery Dharma, I was impressed with how the author substitutes the word “Right” with the word, “Wise” in talking about the Noble Eightfold Path. This broadens the use of the word “Right” with the deeper concept of making choices in our lives that are “Wise”. I know that as I grow in wisdom following this Buddhist philosophy, through the choices I make, or the directions I take, I see life in a much broader spectrum beyond making a judgmental assignment of right or wrong, or calling winners or losers.

I see in my own attempts at mindful living and in my meditation practice, that there is a softening of judgements, not only against others, but also against myself when viewed more broadly through the spectrum of Wisdom. I can more clearly see that some choices that I make or words that I use, could have been more wise and thereby opens up the possibilities of making different choices in the future. Our ability to change in each moment offers us hope that we no longer hold others or ourselves under a banner of Winner or Loser. So life becomes more about walking the path of mindfulness seeking wisdom and seeing things more realistically rather than just as a scorecard about winning and losing.   
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Ven. Jeff Miles
Fa Hsing 法 行 , Tâm Minh 心 明
quiet morning —

the sound of rain
fills the spaces
between my thoughts


dreaming of blossoms

a single petal falls,
and I awaken.
We call our practice here Laughing Farmer Zen

We call our temple practice Laughing Farmer Zen. We take joy in the practice of work. How we look at everything is a matter of perspective.

The Zen Pig Farmer went out to slop the hogs one day. He poured the slop into the trough, and the pigs came quickly and started eating. He stood and watched. After a bit, one pig looked up at him. Licking slop from its chin, it said, "You know, every day you come here and bring us our food. All we do is lie around and eat, yet you see to all our needs. Why do you do this?" The Zen Pig Farmer stroked his beard slowly and said, "They call me The Zen Pig Farmer because of what I do." The pig went back to eating.

A little later the pig looked up again. It said, "Did you ever consider that maybe you are called The Zen Pig Farmer because you are a pig farmer and I am the Zen Pig?" The farmer said, "Um... no..."

located somewhere on the internet by Scott See
2020 Temple Event Calendar

*Please click on links to register or find more information, links will be added as more registrations open

14 - Quan Yin's Birth &  Metta Day of Practice daylong
9am holiday service, 10am-3pm retreat

 18 -  Tea is Zen, Zen is Tea  class with Ven. Fa Hsing
26-   Woman* & Dharma  daylong retreat w/ Kaye Jones
*all self identifying women welcome

2 - Buddha's Birthday/Vesak 9 am holiday service
Vipassana + Metta Retreat
options for 5- or 10-day intensive

6-7 -  In the Footprints of Rumi  w/ Pouria Montezeri
13 - I mpermanence & Death Awareness  daylong workshop w/ Tamara Thiel 
25-28 -  Mindfulness in Daily Life  w/ Rev. August Jensen

3-7 -  Zikr Retreat  with Bodhi & Leilah
11-12 -  Buu Hung Monastery Precepts Retrea t
17-19 -  Mandala Family Camp

8 - Quan Yin Enlightenment Day &  Walking/Moving Mediation Daylong
9am holiday service, 10am-3pm retreat 

2 - Parent's Day (Ullambana) 9am holiday service
27- OctSOBERfest


1 - Women & Dharma daylong retreat w/ Kaye Jones
14 - Quan Yin Renunciation Day &  Living with Grief daylong
9am holiday service, 10am-3pm retreat

5 -  Buddha's Birth/Death & Enlightenment Day  - midnight meditation
31 - Midnight Meditation and ringing the great bell 108 times at midnight
to welcome in the new year

Many other groups and activities will attend meetings at The Abbey. Look at the calendar on


Sunrise on a snowy morning,
Avalokiteshvara welcomes the sun
on the mountain
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