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
Wednesday – 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
October 27 – December 8, 2020
Fall/Winter Study Group (6-Week Course):
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
An opportunity to explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and build a foundation for daily practice through discussions. We will be studying “DOGEN’S GENJO KOAN with Three Commentaries” by Eihei Dogen and commentaries by Nishiari Bokusan, Shunryu Suzuki and Kosho Uchiyama. We invite newcomers to join us!
November 30 – December 5, 2020
Rohatsu Five-Day Online Sesshin & Online Tetsuya (All-Night Sitting)
Sesshin (接心), literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume our original nature. This sesshin is a special time of practice that will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way.
Each day, the schedule begins at 6:30 a.m. and includes 8 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work at home, short "Zen in Everyday Life" Dharma talks at noon, and private interviews with teachers upon request and ends at 9 p.m. The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday and ends at 4 a.m. Saturday. You are welcome to attend partially if you cannot attend the entire retreat due to work commitments. In the spirit of Buddha’s enlightenment, on Friday night we will be in tetsuya, which means we will “sit through the whole night,” from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
BY DONATION ($20/day suggested donation)
Saturday, December 12, 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 Jakusho Kwong-roshi, founding abbot of SMZC
Join us on Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 a.m. for meditation instruction.
DOKUSAN WITH TEACHERS
Please email the office for information and scheduling.
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.