November Zazenkai

11/6/2020, 7:00pm - 11/8/2020, 8:00am at Online

Our November Zazenkai begins Friday, November 6 and runs through Sunday, November 8. In the interest of safety for all, we continue to have zazenkai online. This is still a wonderful way to feel the presence of others sitting with you, even if remotely, and it allows those living in different areas, even different states or countries, to sit together.

November Zazenkai will follow a typical online zazenkai format. We will begin on Friday, November 6 at 7 PM with three periods of zazen and end on Sunday November 8 at about 8 AM with a brief closing discussion. After registering, you will receive 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.  The following is a summary of the basic schedule.

Friday evening, there will be three periods of sitting, which will include some brief precautions and instructions on getting the most out of the online zazenkai. 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 (as well as noon and evening services) will consist of a group reading, followed by a breakfast break.  There will be two late morning sitting periods starting at 9:30 AM, followed by a talk at 10:50 and 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. On Sunday morning, we will have two periods of zazen starting at 6 AM, followed by a closing meeting.

This schedule is only a framework.  Some may wish to do more sitting, some may wish to substitute walking or a bodywork practice for some of the sitting.  You may find that you need more time for household chores and cannot participate in all of the activities.  Even if you are only able to attend a little of the schedule, you are still welcome to be a part of the zazenkai. Please remember to turn off video and audio during zazen.

There will not be a formal charge for the November Zazenkai. Instead, we invite you to make a free will donation of any amount you would like on our Dana webpage here. Please indicate in the comments that your donation is for the November Zazenkai. Register by Thursday, November 5th. For more information or questions about the zazenkai, email Roshi at myoyu.roshi@greatplainszen.org.