Category Archives: Zen

A branch of Buddhism and also a type of meditation.

Meditation for the Incarcerated

2016 Insight on the Inside Instructors  Photography by Danuta Otfinowski
2016 Insight on the Inside Instructors Photography by Danuta Otfinowski

Rev. Inryu is part of a program to bring meditation to those incarcerated and awaiting sentencing at the Washington D.C. Department of Corrections facility.   As an team member of the  “Insight on the Inside” a program of the Insight Meditation Society of Washington DC instructors group, she  co-leads a weekly meditation class at the main DC DoC building.  She and hopes to be a part of the team to provide meditation instruction to the guards who work at the facility during the 2016 calendar year.

 

2016 January and February Retreats

All Beings One Day Zen Retreat at Woodburn Hill Farm, Mechanicsville MD.

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Photo by Inryu

January 30th, 2016

Schedule

10 Opening Bell Chant/Kanzeon/Heart Sutra

10:15 Zazen

10:40 Kinhin

10:50 Zazen

11:15 Practice Discussion

12:00 Lunch

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Photo of our post lunch walk taken by John Flanagan

1:00 Zazen

1:30 Kinhin

1:40 Zazen

2:10 Kinhin

2:30 Practice  Discussion with tea and cookies

3:15 Zazen

3:45 Kinhin

3:55 Zazen

4:25 Closing Circle/Refuges

Inryu can provide directions and help coordinate ride sharing to the farm from the city environs. RSVP with Inryu at bobbi@bagheerayoga.com

 

February 13th Opening Day – Full Day Retreat for Spring Practice Period lead by Dairyu Michael Wenger

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Left to Right: Dairyu Michael Wenger and Dan Welch at the Dharma Sangha Zen Center, Crestone CO

Ceremonies

Rev. Inryu is available help you write your wedding vows and officiate at the ceremony. She is registered clergy for the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been the legal officiant for weddings in Maryland and Georgia as well.

 

  • Wedding ceremony is beginning, waiting for the bride.
  • Wedding couple exchanging their vows.
  • Exchanging vows as Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger looks on

The above photographs are from a recent wedding in Virginia.  Below are photographs of Rev. Inryu officiating at a wedding at Stone Mountain Lodge in the Sugarloaf Mountains of Maryland, June 2013 and a home wedding in Washington DC in July 2014 and a Wedding venue ceremony in Georgia in August 2014.

Bobbi and couple enjoying a happy moment during a wedding ceremony
Enjoying happiness during a wedding

Bobbi with young couple at a home wedding
Home Wedding – July 2014
Families gathered for a wedding, Inryu Bobbi presiding
Families gathered for a wedding, Inryu Bobbi presiding

Bobbi and couple in the sun under a canopy
Ceremony under a canopy
Full view of large wedding with bridesmaids, groom's men and guests
Full view of wedding

Rev. Inryu is also interested and supportive of interfaith dialogue and actions for the wellbeing of our community, nation and earth.

Inryu with interfaith clergy at the ordination of Eileen Crawford at Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington DC July 2013.
Inryu with interfaith clergy at the ordination of Eileen Crawford at Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington DC July 2013.

Click here to contact Inryu Bobbi about ceremonies or other issues.

Retreats

Local Retreats

Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger leads week-end and day-long zen and yoga retreats in and near the DC area. The retreats are usually in scenic areas with paths for walking meditation and hiking. All retreats include healthy food and expert yoga and mediation instruction. Bobbi often offers retreats with Prudence Kestner.  She also holds retreats for All Beings Sangha. 

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All Beings Sangha 2013 Rohatsu Sesshin

Bobbi with one of her yoga retreat groups and Pru Kestner near Shepardstown, West Va
Bobbi with yoga retreat group and Pru Kestner

 

National retreats

Co-leaders; Inryu Ponce-Barger and Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi with retreat participants at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center following the Zen, Yoga and Brush Painting retreat
Co-leaders; Inryu Ponce-Barger and Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi with retreat participants at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center following the Zen, Yoga and Brush Painting retreat

 

Click here to contact Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger about retreats.

 

Zen

All Beings Zen Sangha

Rev. Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger is the resident teacher of the All Beings Zen Sangha which is a Branching Streams affiliated group in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center). The All Beings Zen Sangha meets regularly for meditation, retreats and study.

 

A founding member of the Sangha begun in 2004, Bobbi now serves the community as an ordained Soto Buddhist priest.   Her Buddhist name is ”Shin Chi Inryu” Body Wisdom Hidden Dragon offered to her by her zen teacher Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi.

Bobbi and Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi at her ordination to the priesthood
Inryu with Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi,  January 6th, 2013 at Inryu’s ordination as a Priest in the courtyard at San Francisco Zen Center

Information on weekly meditation and special events can be found at the allbeingszen website. Click here to go to the site.

Bobbi & Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi at her lay ordination, 2005
Bobbi & Dairyu Michael Wenger Roshi at her lay ordination, 2005

 

Inryu now enjoys giving dharma talks and working with students both in person and via the Internet.

Dharma talk
Dharma talk at Empty Nest Zen Center, 2015

Inryu working with student via the Internet
Inryu working with student via the Internet

Click on the button in the column to the left to contribute to the work of the All Beings Zen Sangha.  The Paypal function for ABZS will be moved to the ABZS website in the  Fall of 2016.