Maezumi Roshi Memorial Zazenkai

5/14/2021, 7:00pm - 5/16/2021, 8:00am at Online

This retreat is an opportunity to deeply appreciate the lineage of teachers that has brought this practice to us. There will be a special service for our founder and the teacher of Myoyu Roshi, Taizan Maezumi Roshi, as well as tribute to our lineage, past present and future. Maezumi Roshi came to the United States in 1956, starting at Zenshuji Soto Mission in Los Angeles, then establishing the Zen Center of Los Angeles Maezumi Roshi and eventually, the White Plum Asanga, the association of Maezumi Roshi's dharma heirs, totaling more than 175 teachers today. Read more about Maezumi Roshi's life and legacy in this article appearing in Lion's Roar at this link.

The best way that we can express our gratitude for the robust practice tradition that has come to us, honed through generations, is to make our own vow to practice deeply and unendingly. We acknowledge the profound legacy of our ancestry in the dharma – it's forms and practices - and at the same time, acknowledge the ways in which the dharma seeks to manifest presently.

In this zazenkai, we will invite participants to speak for 3-5 minutes about how the teaching of Maezumi Roshi has impacted or guided their Zen practice. For example, you may choose a passage from one of Maezumi Roshi's books – Appreciate Your Life, On Zen Practice I or II, or the Hazy Moon of Enlightenment – to speak about in relation to your own practice. Or you may find quotes on the internet that inspire your reflections. If you would prefer not to speak, that's OK as well.

After registering, you will receive complete instructions on how to participate in the retreat from home. You are welcome to participate in as much or as little of the retreat as is desirable/feasible for you. Below is a summary of the basic schedule:

Friday evening, we will begin with three periods of sitting, which will include opening remarks and precautions. The evening will end with the Four Bodhisattva Vows and three bows. On Saturday morning, we begin at 6 AM with the chanting of the Verse of Atonement and Three Refuges and two sitting periods. Morning service will be a special founder's service for Maezumi Roshi, followed by a breakfast break. There will be two late morning sitting periods starting at 9:30 AM. At 10:50, there will be short remarks by participants about Maezumi Roshi's teaching, followed by lunch service (online) and lunch on your own. There is a self care period at 2 PM during which you can do a body work practice (such as yoga, tai chi or qigong), take a walk, attend to family needs or another activity. This will be followed by a work period, during which you can do a work task of your choice at home, followed by a period of zazen and then evening service. After dinner break will be three more periods of sitting (online) beginning at 7:00 and ending with the Four Bodhisattva Vows and 3 bows. On Sunday morning, we will have two periods of zazen starting at 6 AM, followed by the Gate of Sweet Nectar.

You are welcome to participate in this retreat full time or part time. As with all zazenkai, we encourage you to participate even if you can only attend some of the events. During the sitting periods, please turn off your video and mute yourself. During the chants before or after sittings, you can leave your video on.

There will not be a formal charge for the Maezumi Roshi Memorial Zazenkai. Instead, we invite you to make a free will donation of any amount you would like on our Dana Page. Please indicate in the comments that your donation is for the Maezumi Roshi Memorial Zazenkai. Register by Wednesday, May 12. For more information or questions about the zazenkai, email Roshi at myoyu.roshi@greatplainszen.org.