This date is close to the anniversaries of the deaths of both of our founders, Keido Chisan Koho Zenji (d. November 1, 1969) and Roshi Jiyu Kennett (d. November 6, 1996).
There is no leader for this vigil, but someone will be present the entire time, with people taking turns being awake so that someone is awake at all times. Vigilants can do as much or as little as they like, and can rest, sit, or do kinhin as they wish. Sleeping pads are available. No sign-up required to participate in the vigil. It ends Sunday morning just before breakfast, which will be available for those who sign up by 6am and wish to stay for it.