Daily Meditation Schedule (Ongoing)
Monday – Saturday Morning Schedule
6:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Zazen
6:30 a.m. Opening Bell
7:00 a.m. Recite Verse of The Kesa
Meeting ID: 907 889 251
Tuesday – Friday Evening Schedule
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Zazen
7:30 p.m. Opening Bell
8:00 p.m. Recite Verse of The Four Vows
Meeting ID: 688 048 731
Wednesday, January 13
Special Evening Dharma Talk: Rev. Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. PST (California Time)
Special Guest Teacher Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi gives online Dharma talk from Rinso-in, Japan
Hoitsu Suzuki-roshi is a Dharma heir of his late father Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and held the position of tanto and godo at Eiheiji head Soto Zen training Monastery. He has been the abbot of Rinsoin temple in Yaizu City, Shizuoka, Japan since 1966. After his father’s death, he gave Dharma transmission to Jakusho Kwong-roshi in 1978. Hoitsu currently resides at Rinso-in with his wife Chitose. Their son Shungo and his wife Kumi are helping as well. Please join us for this special occasion!
FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
($20 suggested donation)
Join us on Saturdays at 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. for meditation instruction, designed for those who are new to Zen or needs brushing up. [More...]
Meeting ID: 132 887 219
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. SMZC Background, Brief Lineage & History
9:10 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Posture (How to Sit)
9:35 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Integration into Everyday Life
9:35 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Question & Answer
Saturday, January 16, Saturday Community
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Zazen
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Dharma talk will be given by Zenki Traustasson, Leading Teacher of Natthagi Zen Center, Reykjavik, Iceland
Zenki Astvaldur Traustasson has been a student of Jakusho Kwong-roshi for more than 20 years. In 2009, Zenki received Tokudo ordination from Kwong-roshi. In 2011, he was entrusted the title of Hoshi as Dharma Holder. In April 2016, Zenki participated in 3-month intensive training at Toshoji International Training Center in Japan. In July 2017, He received lineage transmission from Jakusho Kwong-roshi at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. He is also a jazz pianist and composer.
Meeting ID: 570 834 905
($10 suggested donation)
DOKUSAN WITH TEACHERS (Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Nyoze Kwong)
Please email the office for information and scheduling.
($20 suggested donation
FORMS AND GUIDELINES
We have one period of 30-minute morning and evening zazen. Beginning period of zazen will start by the facilitator striking a bell with three times. To end the period and to begin closing verse, there will be one strike on the bell.
It is extremely important that we all aim toward creating a calm, quiet, and strong container in which we can deepen our practice of zazen (just sitting) during online zendo. Please keep the following forms in mind to manifest our practice as One Body and One Mind.
Creating A Strong Container
Organize and straighten up a space in which you will be sitting zazen. Clean the area around your computer if it is a desktop to create a calm environment in which you can settle. This gives space for a calm mind to manifest. We are connecting and cultivating something deeper that is in harmony with the universe.
Sit stable like a mountain and unmovable. Do not move and keep your seat. Become one with your breath, body, and mind.
There are various ways to sit – in profile or facing away from the computer screen to not be distracted by others that may be moving. Others may choose to “stop the video” or turn off their camera. You can also face your camera on an altar, vase of flowers, candle, or incense.
Maintaining Noble Silence
Please maintain silence throughout online zendo to deepen your practice and for others as well. Please arrive in silence and on time to create harmony and start practice together as one body. Please mute your microphone when you enter.
Begin your sitting by holding your hands in gassho (palms together) and bow towards and away from your cushion or chair to prepare your body and mind for zazen.
At the end of zazen after the reciting the closing verse, hold your hands in gassho and bow. When you are finished zazen, comes to standing, brush and fluff your zafu (cushion) and zabuton (mat) as your first activity as stillness in action.