Daily Meditation Schedule (Ongoing)
Monday – Saturday Morning
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
Wednesday – Friday Evening
No Tuesdays during Spring Study Group (March 9 – May 25)
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
Spring Study Group (12 Weeks: March 9 – May 25)
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions on the book “DOGEN’S GENJO KOAN (現成公按) with Three Commentaries” by Eihei Dogen. This 12-week course occurs every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:00 pm PST starting March 9, 2021. We invite newcomers to join us!
Donate to register. ($10/session suggested)
852 7097 3180
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. Taught by Nyoze Kwong. [Read about Instructor...]
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, May 1 "Entering the Gate" One-Day Sitting Online
Deepen your practice and join us from 6:30 am to 12 pm. An introductory retreat for both beginners and experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. We invite newcomers to join us!
907 889 251
A lone figure in a sumi painting
the street cleaner
sweeping the curb
Photo/Poem by Russ Jakushin (寂心) Flynn
6:00 a.m. Wake up
6:23 a.m. Bonsho
6:30 a.m. Zazen
7:10 a.m. Break
7:20 a.m. Zazen
8:00 a.m. Soji (temple cleaning at home)
8:20 a.m. Zazen
8:30 a.m. Break (silent meal at home)
9:20 a.m. Zazen
10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Zazen
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Zazen
11:50 a.m. Recite Four Vows
12:00 p.m. Closing Circle Ceremony
Open to all. Please donate to register ($20 suggested).
No Meditation Instruction on May 1st
No Saturday Community on May 1st
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.