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ONLINE PRACTICE

December & January Daily Meditation Schedule

Modified schedule from Friday, December 10 to Wednesday, December 15. Led by Genzen Ed Cadman and Shindo Kevin Souza. SMZC will be closed from December 16 to 30 for a winter break. There will be no on-site or online programs during the winter break.

Friday, December 10 – Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Monday – Saturday Morning

6:30 a.m.7:00 a.m.     Zazen (led by Genzen Ed Cadman)

7:00 a.m.                       Recite Verse of The Kesa (The Robe Chant) [Download]

Tuesday – Friday Evening

7:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.     Zazen (led by Shindo Kevin Souza)

8:00 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

No Instruction in December
Monday, January 3, 2022
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]

Meeting ID: 907 889 251
Passcode: 360919

Meeting ID: 688 048 731
Passcode: 584765

 

Saturday Community (Online & On Site)

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]

Online: Free pre-registration required for each Saturday Community you plan to attend.

On-Site: We are open to the fully-vaccinated public with limited zendo capacity (up to 20 people). Pre-registration required: sign our covid waiver with your proof of vaccination and pre-register for each Saturday Community you plan to attend.

BY DONATION

$10+ suggested

Free pre-registration required to attend

FORMS AND GUIDELINES

 

We have two periods of morning and evening zazen (view schedule). 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). 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.