ONLINE PROGRAMS

Daily Meditation Schedule (Ongoing)

You are welcome to sit one period of zazen as your schedule permits. Participate in the daily schedule as much as you are able. Continuous daily practice helps strengthen your resolve. If attending partially, please leave or enter during kinhin (walking meditation). Download daily sutras to partake in the service.

Go to Ango Schedule from Saturday, July 31 Evening to Saturday, August 28 Morning.

Monday – Saturday Morning

5:15 a.m.5:50 a.m.     Zazen

5:50 a.m.6:00 a.m.     Kinhin

6:00 a.m.6:35 a.m.     Zazen

6:35 a.m.6:40 a.m.     Recite Verse of The Kesa (The Robe Chant) [Download]

6:40 a.m.7:00 a.m.     Service [Download Chants]

Tuesday – Friday Evening

7:30 p.m.8:10 p.m.     Zazen

8:10 p.m.8:20 p.m.     Kinhin

8:20 p.m.8:55 p.m.     Zazen

8:55 p.m.9:00 p.m.     Recite The Four Bodhisattva Vows [Download]

Saturday Meditation Instruction (Drop-in)

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   

Meeting ID: 907 889 251
Passcode: 360919

Meeting ID: 688 048 731
Passcode: 584765

Meeting ID: 132 887 219
Passcode: 609789

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Zazen & Recite Opening Sutras [Download]

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Talk & Recite Universal Transfer of Merit [Download]

Saturday Community (Ongoing)

BY DONATION

$10 suggested

Meeting ID:

570 834 905

Passcode: 758423

July 31, 2021 | Summer Ango Opening Ceremony
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10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Zazen

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Ango Opening Ceremony will be offered by Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza, Shuso (head student) for Summer Ango. He is a student of Kwong-roshi and a SMZC sangha member since 2008.

August 7, 2021 | Saturday Community Shuso Talk
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Student talk will be given by Shuso Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza, a student of Kwong-roshi, following 10:30 am zazen. Kevin started practicing in Phoenix AZ in 2007 right around the time his son was born. He was at a point in his life where he had to make significant changes in order to be the father his son deserved. In 2008 he moved to Carson City to be closer to his son where he led a sitting group on Thursday nights. He would travel back and forth from Carson to SMZC to practice on weekends whenever he got a chance. He received Jukai from Kwong-roshi in 2009 and was given the dharma name Shindo which means “Mind/Ground.” He is appointed to serve as Shuso (head student) for the Summer Ango in 2021. The position of Shusho is a great honor that comes with a significant responsibility of leading by example and serving the sangha. He is excited to carry on this revered position. He currently lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and 13-year-old son and works full time. He loves spending his free time outdoors in the mountains backpacking in the summer and skiing in the winter. He looks forward to connecting with old friends and new at SMZC this summer.


August 14, 2021 | Saturday Community Shuso Talk
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Student talk will be given by Shuso Kevin Shindo (心土) Souza, a student of Kwong-roshi, following 10:30 am zazen. Kevin started practicing in Phoenix AZ in 2007 right around the time his son was born. He was at a point in his life where he had to make significant changes in order to be the father his son deserved. In 2008 he moved to Carson City to be closer to his son where he led a sitting group on Thursday nights. He would travel back and forth from Carson to SMZC to practice on weekends whenever he got a chance. He received Jukai from Kwong-roshi in 2009 and was given the dharma name Shindo which means “Mind/Ground.” He is appointed to serve as Shuso (head student) for the Summer Ango in 2021. The position of Shusho is a great honor that comes with a significant responsibility of leading by example and serving the sangha. He is excited to carry on this revered position. He currently lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and 13-year-old son and works full time. He loves spending his free time outdoors in the mountains backpacking in the summer and skiing in the winter. He looks forward to connecting with old friends and new at SMZC this summer.

 
DOKUSAN WITH TEACHERS
(Jakusho Kwong-roshi and Nyoze Kwong)

Please email the office for information and scheduling.

BY DONATION

$20 suggested donation
for non-members

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.