Virtual Practice

Our virtual zazen is conducted on the Web through the Zoom meeting system. The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available ahead of time for manual download here.

The Wednesday and Saturday practice will have separate formats. Please read the introduction for each before joining. Chant sheets for both are available here; detailed instructions for other elements of the practice will soon be available here.


Saturday morning zazen and discussion hour

Saturday zazen will follow the same general pattern as our in-person practice. You may join any time after 7:15am; at 7:25 a large gong will begin to sound at one-minute intervals. The last strike of the gong will be followed by a series of increasingly rapid strikes and a final strong one. The next three strikes on a smaller bell indicate the beginning of zazen.

A single bell 30 minutes later ends the meditation period and starts chanting of the O-kesa Gatha, the Robing Chant. This will be followed by three prostrations, keyed to bell strikes. Next will be chanting of Identity of Relative and Absolute, followed by a brief dedication of merit. A final set of three prostrations, followed by the departure of the priest or head student, draws the service to a close--indicated by a final set of bells.

After a brief pause to resettle comfortably, and retrieve whatever food and drink we've prepared for ourselves, one of the leaders will propose a topic to set off the discussion, which can continue until 9:15.


Wednesday evening zazen

Wednesday evening sessions begin with an optional 10 minutes of quiet and composed social time.  At 8:25 the large gong begins to sound at one-minute intervals, calling us to settle silently on our cushions or chairs. The last strike of the gong is be followed by a series of increasingly rapid strikes and a final strong one. The next three strikes on a smaller bell indicate the beginning of zazen.
A single bell 30 minutes later ends the meditation period. We conclude by chanting the Four Vows, three timesTo preserve the spirit of the zazen, we end  with a brief, silent farewell bow in gassho.