Dae Do Sah
Rockville Zendo
  • Satuday mornings at 11:00 am
  • Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm
  • Location: ONLINE!     Just north of Norbeck Road near Rock Creek Park
If you have not practiced with our group before, then please read this important information.

NEW: Dharma Discussion: The Life of the Buddha - scroll down for more details
Wednesday night Meditation Schedule

Wednesday Zoom link
Meeting ID: 271 179 418 Password: 724813
orientation for new people - by appointment

7:00 Meditation Practice

• Chanting
Evening Bell Chant
Yebul (Homage to the Three Jewels)
Kanzeon Chanting
Heart Sutra (Korean and English)
Great Dharani


• Silent Meditation
Walking 5 min.
Sitting 20 min.
Walking 5 min.
Discussion 20 min.

• Closing
Recitation of Four Great Vows
Sharing of Merit

Formal practice ends at approximately 8:15 pm
Saturday Morning Meditation Schedule

Saturday Zoom link
Meeting ID: 271 179 418 Password: 724813
orientation for new people - by appointment

11:00 Meditation Practice

• Chanting

Yebul/Homage to the Three Jewels
Kanzeon Chanting
Heart Sutra (Korean and English)
Great Dharani
Kwan Seum Bosal Chanting
Ji Jang Bosal Chanting

• Silent Meditation
Walking 5 min.
Sitting 25 min.
Walking 5 min.
Discussion 25 min.

• Closing
Recitation of Four Great Vows
Sharing of Merit

Formal practice ends at approximately 12:45 pm
Kwan Yin

Four Great Vows:
Sentient Beings are numberless, we vow to save them all
Delusions are endless, we vow to extinguish them all
The teachings are infinite, we vow to learn them all
The Buddha Way in inconceivable, we vow to attain it

Sharing of Merit:
May whatever excellent qualities
we have gained from this practice
be extended for the benefit of all beings
(from "Awakening of Faith" by Asvaghosa)

Dharma Discussion: The Life of the Buddha (starting in June, 2022)

Starting on Wednesday night, June 1, 2022, we will be discussing the life of the Buddha as part of our regular group practice.

Schedule of discussion topics (by month):
  • June:
    The Bodhisattva in Tushita Heaven
    Birth of the Buddha
    Suddhodana, Maha Maya, Maha Prajapati
  • July:
    Growing up in the Palace
    Marriage to Yasodhara
    Birth of Rahula
    Chandaka and the Four Sights
  • August:
    Leaving the Palace
    Study of Yoga and meditation
    Asceticism
    Sujata and the middle way
  • September:
    Enlightenment
  • October:
    Teaching, Part One
    Deer Park
    Principle Disciples
    The creation of the Order of Bikkhunis
  • November:
    Teaching, Part Two
    Vishakha and Purvarama
    Angulimala
    Devadatta
    Parinirvana


  • Resources for The Life of the Buddha:
    • 1. "The Awakened One a Life of the Buddha" by Sherab Chodzin Kohn You can get this book used (but in good shape) on Amazon or at Abebooks.com for less than $10 (including shipping).
    • 2. "The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon" by Bhikkhu Ñaṇamoli "A classic biography of the Buddha collecting details scattered around the Pāli Canon to form a compelling narrative, The Life of the Buddha presents the historical record in quirky translation, relatively undiluted by the later hagiographies."
    • 3. "Old Path, White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha" by Thich Nhat Hanh. From blurb: "Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha’s life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself." Available for free download in pdf format here: link
    • 4. "Buddha" by Osamu Tezuka This is an 8 volume "Manga" (comic book) version of the life of the Buddha. I have Volume 1. It's supposed to be really good - but I have never really managed to get into it. Here's the official website for it: link
    • 5. "Life of the Buddha: A spiritual journey" by the BBC This is a very brief illustrated overview of some of the main events in the life of the Buddha: link
    • 6. "The Life Of The Buddha [BBC Documentary]" "A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production, this docu-narrative film describes the life of Siddharta Gautama, the process by which he arrived at the fundamentals of Buddhism and the archaeological findings confirming the traditional accounts of his life. In addition it also gives a glimpse of Buddhism today and features interviews by the Dalai Lama and other notable Buddhists." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heho8bXXLi4

    Our group meditations are free (donations are always welcome - please make online donations directly to Furnace Mountain here). Occassionally practice might be cancelled or rescheduled due to holidays or scheduling conflicts. If you have any doubts, please call ahead! Contact us for detailed maps and directions.

    For more information please email us. If for any reason that link doesn't work, just send an email to steinmetz "dot" curt "at" gmail "dot" com.