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1. October 8-11, 2004 see below for St. Ignatius Retreat House, 251 Searington Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030

2. December 10-12, 2004 ELBERON, NEW JERSEY

Stella Maris Retreat House 981 Ocean Avenue, Elberon, New Jersey

Winter Interfaith Zen Retreat.

Sitting begins after supper on Friday evening at 7:00. (Please get a bite to eat before you arrive). We end with lunch on Sunday at noon. The fee is $185; please send deposit checks for $100 (made out to Morning Star Zendo, coded 'Retreat')by November 1 to Morning Star Zendo, 50 Glenwood Avenue,Jersey City, NJ 07306. If you cannot bring your own cushion and mat, please advise us when you send the deposit and we will supply you with a set. Sign up soon since we are already half full! Call Rosemary O'Connell at 201-985-1515 if you need any further information. The retreat house number is 732-229-0602. Bring heavy socks and warm clothes.

Directions: Exit 105 off Garden State Parkway. Go east (10 miles) on Rte 36 all the way to the ocean and turn right(south) on Ocean Avenue. Go a few miles to #981 on the left.

On-going: one Saturday a month(except summer)all day sesshins. Fall 2004: September 11, October 16, November 20, December 4. Morning Star Zendo, 50 Glenwood,Apt. 309, Jersey City 201-985-1515. Registration required; introduction session required for new sitters.

Sesshins at Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center

Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center
St. Ignatius Retreat House
251 Searington Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030

October 8-11, 2004

Zen practice integrating Christian life, prayer and liturgy
Robert E. Kennedy, S.J., Sensei

Silent meditation retreats with formal instruction and teaching. Cushions and chairs are provided. The retreats begin with dinner at 5:30 (summer) or 6:30 (winter) and end with lunch at noon. The 3-day retreat is $255. A $60 deposit is required six weeks in advance. Swimming pool is available in the summer. Inquiries: roconnell8@aol.com or 212-831-5710. Send checks (made out to St. Ignatius Retreat House) to St. Ignatius, 252 Searingtown Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030. Please include your email address. Directions can be found at www.inisfada.net

Robert E. Kennedy, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a Zen Master (Roshi). Ordained in Japan in 1965, he was installed as a Zen teacher in 1991, and given the title Roshi in 1997. Kennedy studied Zen with Yamada Roshi in Japan, Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and Bernard Glassman Roshi in New York. He teaches theology and Japanese language at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. KennedyRoshi sits with his Zen students on a daily basis at the Morning Star Zendo in Jersey City and with students in twelve other zendos. He is the author of "Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit" and “Zen Gifts to Christians".

Directions (see www.inisfada.net):
BY AIR: to La Guardia Airport.Go to the limo service desk and ask for car service. Cost: c.$20. Try www.classictrans.com or LI Limo at 718-for shuttle service from airports.
BY CAR: take exit 36 on Long island Expressway, go 1/4 mile north on Searingtown Road, pass Estates I and take next left to Retreat House.
BY TRAIN: Manhasset station on Port Washington line of Long Island Railroad from Penn Station (W. 34th St.) New York.Take a $5 cab.

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Note: Saturday 9-4 all day sittings at Inisfada:All Day Sittings at Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center at St. Ignatius Retreat House located at 251 Searingtown Road, Manhasset, Long Island, New York. Saturday. November 13th 2004 9am-4pm Teacher/Presenter: Zen Buddhist Priest Liz Hulsizer from Evanston, Illinois Saturday March 5th 2005 9am-4pm Teacher/Presenter: Ken Byalin, dharma holder of Roshi Glassman Saturday May 7th 2005 9am-4pm Teacher/Presenter: Ray Cicetti, dharma holder of Roshi Kennedy Reservations: Please call 516-621-8300. $45 per person. Includes Teisho (Talk by the teacher) & Kinhin (Walking meditation) & Daisan (Interview with the teacher.) Beginners are asked to arrive by 8:30. Lunch is included and there will be rest breaks throughout the day.

Schedule of Sesshins

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One Saturday a month (except summer) all day (sesshin. Fall 2004: September 11, October 16, November 20, December 4. Morning Star Zendo, 50 Glenwood, Jersey City (Miriam Healy 201-985-1515. Registration required; introduction session required for new sitters.

October 8-11,2004 St. Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset, NY (516 621 8300)

October 29-31, 2004 Ashville, N.C (info@southerndharma.org)

November 4-7, 2004 New Orleans, LA (Joy Weill 504 443 1115)

November 12-14, 2004 The Cenacle, 1400 S. Dixie Hway @ Hypolux Rd.,Lantana, FL.561-582-2534

December 3-5,2004 Belfast, Ireland (Frank Liddy)

December 10-12,2004 Stella Maris Retreat House, Elberon, NJ (R.O'Connell8@aol.com)(2005: 12/16-18; 2006 12/15-17)


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January 28-30,2005 St. Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset, NY (516 621 8300)

June 10-16, 2005 St. Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset, NY (516 621 8300)

August 5-11, 2005 St. Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset, NY (516 621 8300)

October Columbus Day weekend,2005 St. Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset, NY (516 621 8300)

The following sittings are regularly held

One Saturday a month (except summer) all day (sesshin) Morning Star Zendo, 50 Glenwood, Jersey City (Miriam Healy 201-985-1515) Fall 2004: September 11, October 16, November 20, December 4. Registration required; introduction session required for new sitters.

(Fr. Kennedy attends as his schedule allows)

Sundays 9:00 a.m. Clear Mountain Zendo, 214 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, NJ (Carl Bachmann 973-267-2657; Deb Baretz 973-728-2968; web:  - www.dharmarain.com)

Mondays 7:00 p.m. Stella Maris, Elberon, NJ (Marty Sullivan 732-530-4534)

Mondays 7:45 p.m. 113 Cottage Pl. (Unitarian Church), Ridgewood, NJ; July and August at home of John Vitell (201-652-0409, gento@earthlink.net), 367 Glen Ave., Ridgewood; also contact Carl Viggiani (914-428-8506

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. St. Lucy's Church, 833 Mace Ave., Bronx, NY. Allerton Ave on #2 IRT train. (Fr. Miachael Holleran)

Tuesdays 6:25 p.m. Empty Bowl Zendo, Church of the Redeemer, Morristown, NJ (Ray Cicetti, DH 973-984-6343; Deb Baretz 973-728-2968;web:  - www.dharmarain.com)

Tuesday 7:25 pm Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center, St. Ignatius Retreat House, Manhasset, NY. (Anne McNeill, 516-294-3156.)

Tuesday night St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Sea Cliff NY (Paul Thurman 516 759 2142)

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. White Plains Interfaith Zen at St. Bartholomew's Church, White Plains, NY (whiteplainszen.tripod.com) (Russ Michel 914 403 3623)

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. Mt. Manresa, Staten Island (Ken Byalin 347-581-4147). Beginners: 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesdays 7:30 p.m., Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center, Manhasset, NY (516-621-8300)

Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. Tabor House, St Anthony's, Oceanside, NY (Madeline Larsen 516-678-6614)

Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. All Souls Unitarian Church, Lexington Avenue /80th St., NYC. (Paul/Peggy Shubert, moonwind@bellatlantic.net)

Thursdays 7:30 p.m. St. Mary's Chapel, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY (K. Deignan 914-633-2233)

Sundays 8 a.m. Inisfada Interfaith Zen Center, Manhasset, NY

Saturdays 6:30-7:30 am Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. (Robert Drucker)

One Saturday a month (except summer) all day (sesshin) Morning Star Zendo, 50 Glenwood, Jersey City (Miriam Healy 201-985-1515) call for date; registration required; introduction session required for new sitters.

Individual days of sitting are scheduled in addition to those days listed above; please call the leaders for details.

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Biography - Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, S.J.

Fr. Robert E. Kennedy, S.J. teaches Theology and Japanese at St. Peter's College, Jersey Cityhe He is also a practicing psychotherapist and the author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit. He is active in interfaith work, teaching zen to persons of all faiths.

He studied zen in Japan with the Japanese master Yamada Roshi. Later he continued his study under Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles and Bernard Tetsugen Glassman Roshi in New York; in 1991 was made Sensei (teacher), in the White Plum lineage, enabling him to formally teach zen and create successors to the teaching. In 1997 he received inka, the compete seal of approval from his teacher, and was given the title Roshi or Master. He holds doctorates in Theology from the University of Ottawa and from St. Paul University in Ottawa, a Masters in Theology from Sophia University in Tokyo, a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from Andover-Newton in Boston. He is a graduate of the Blanton-Peale Institute of Religion and Health in New York. He is also the US Representative to UN NGO, The Institute for the Creation of Spiritual Consciousness in Politics and the Economy (ISPW). He is the author of "Zen Gifts to Christians" and "Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit" (Continuum).

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Morning Star Zendo

The Morning Star Zendo at the Jesuit Residence, 50 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are formal weekday sittings 5:30-7:00 a.m., and Saturdays 9:00-noon. Introductory sittings once a month. One Saturday a month there will be day-long sittings. Fall 2004: September 11, October 16, November 20, December 4. Call for details. Tax deductible donations to the Morning Star Zendo Fund, 50 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306 are welcome. In addition to providing support for daily operating expenses, these funds go to rent, scholarships, and honorariums. A yearly accounting is made to the sangha.

via PATH: to Journal Square, walk 1/2 mile south on Kennedy Blvd. to St. Peter's College, take left on Glenwood Avenue;

via Turnpike: take exit 15 E towards Jersey City, continue on Communipaw to Kennedy Blvd (Walgreens, Fleet); take left 1/2 mile to St. Peter's College, walk right on Glenwood which is one way the wrong way at this point;

via Lincoln Tunnel: follow main egress and watch for Kennedy Blvd. exit. Continue on Kennedy Boulevard south through Journal Square to St. Peter's College and Glenwood Avenue. #50 is to the left on Glenwood.

If you know someone who would like to be on the master mailing list, or if you would like general information, call 20l-985-1515, or email roconnell8@aol.com. To reduce our mailing costs, please take the time to call us if you do not want to be on the list. If you would like information on the Baltimore schedule of Sr. Janet Richardson, Roshi or the video "A Day with Robert Kennedy, Sensei", check claresangha link below. "Zen Spirit. Christian Spirit" is available through your local bookstores; "Zen Gifts to Christians" is available now.

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Readings and On-Line Articles

read on line
A Zen Retreat by Robert Drinan, as it appears in the January 11, 2002 issue of Commonweal

A Review of "Zen Gifts to Christians" by James Fredericks, as it appears in the Spring 2002 issue of Horizons Magazine, Villanova University College of Theological Studies

The Gifts of Zen Buddhism, available from the archives of America Magazine October 14, 2000

new and recommended: Chetwynd, Tom. Zen and the Kingdom of Heaven. Shambala, Boston.

Aitken, Robert & Stendl-Rast, 0.S.B., David. The Ground We Share: Everyday Practice. Buddhist and Christian. Ligouri. 1994

Dalai Lama. The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings Jesus. Wisdom. 1996

Dumoulin, S.J., Heinrich. A History of Zen Buddhism. Pantheon. 1963

Enomiya-Lassalle. S.J. Hugo Makibi. Zen. Way of Enlightment.

Graham,O.S.B., Dom Aelred. Zen Catholicism. Harcourt. 1963

Griffiths, O.S.B., Bede. The Marriage of East and West. Templegate. 1982

Hackett, David. Silent Dialogue. Continuum. 1993.

Habito, Ruben. Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth. Orbis. 1993

Hand, S.J., Thomas and Chwen, Jiuan A. Lee. A Taste of Water: Christianity through Taoist Buddhist Eyes. Paulist, 1990

Jagar, Willigis. The Meaning of Life. Liguori.

Johnston, S.J., William. The Still Point: Reflections on Zen and Christian Mysticism. Fordham, 1970

Kadowaki, S. J., Kakichi. Zen and the Bible. Penguin. 1990

Keenan. John P. The Meaning of Christ: A Mahayana Theology. Orbis. 1993

Kennedy, S.J., Robert E. Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit. Continuum. 1996

McGuinness, Sr. Elaine. Light Sitting in Light. Harper Collins. 1997

Merton, C.O.S.O., Thomas. Mystics and Zen Masters. Noonday. 1967

Mitchell, Elsie. Sun Buddhas, Moon Buddhas. 1973

Panikkar, Fr. Raimundo. The Silence of God: The Answer to the Buddla. Orbis, 1989

Waldenfels, Hans. Absolute Nothingness: Foundations of the Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. Paulist. 1980

Aitken, Robert. Taking the Path of Zen. North Point. 1982

Beck, Charlotte Joko. Everyday Zen

Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro. Mysticism. Christian and Buddhist. Harper and Row 1957

Suzuki, S. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

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Interesting Links

Zen Community of Baltimore Clare Sangha - www.zcbclaresangha.org

Peacemaker Community/House of One People, Bernard Glassman - www.peacemakercircle.org

St. Ignatius Retreat House,Inisfada,Manhasset, NY - www.inisfada.net

Senseis Charles and Ellen Birx, Radford, Va. - www.healingzen.com

Empty Bowl Zendo, Morristown, New Jersey - www.dharmarain.com

Clear Mountain Zendo, Montclair, New Jersey - www.dharmarain.com

Dr. T.M. Ciolek Asian Pacific Research - www.ciolek.com

Hidden Mountain Zen Center - www.hiddenmountainzen.org

Zen Desert Sangha - www.zendesertsangha.com

Inner Explorations - www.innerexplorations.com

Pathless Path - www.pathlesspath.org

Seven Thunders - www.seventhunders.org

Monastic Interreligious Dialogue - www.monasticdialog.com

Bede Griffiths - www.bedegriffiths.com

Mountain Cloud Zen Center - mczc.tripod.com

Osage Monastery - www.benedictinesisters.org/b5.html

Peacemaker Community - www.peacemakercommunity.org

Kanzeon Zen Center - www.zencenterutah.org

The Village Zendo (Dotoku-ji) - www.villagezendo.org

Zen Center of Los Angeles - www.zencenter.org

Still Mind Zendo NYC - www.stillmindzendo.org

Maria Kannon Zen Center, Dallas - www.mkzc.org

White Plains Zen  - www.whiteplainszen.tripod.com

Monos Community - www.monos.org

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A Single Thread  - www.asinglethread.net

Other Zendos In the NYC Area

Still Mind Zendo, 28 W. 27th St., NYC: see stillmindzendo.org

Clear Mountain Zendo, Montclair, NJ: see dharmarain.com

Empty Bowl Zendo, Morristown, NJ: see dharmarain.com

Namaste, St. Anthony's, Oceanside, NY: Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. Tabor House, St Anthony's, Oceanside, NY (Madeline Larsen 516-678-6614)

White Plains Interfaith Zen Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. St. Bart's Church, White Plains, NY: (Russ Michel 914-403-3623) see www.whiteplainszen.tripod.com

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