On Wednesdays, evening service and zazen (sitting meditation) are held at the Sodo at 7pm. The service is a recitation of the Fukanzazengi (or Kyojukaimon in January and February), and takes about 10 minutes. From 7:10 to 7:40pm is zazen. Then there’s a break for tea and cookies.
Classes begin about 7:45pm and go to about 9pm. Wednesday night classes are open to all, and are particularly useful for people new to Zen practice. In the summer there are no classes, but discussions led by senior members alternate with an extra period of zazen. There is no charge, though donations are gratefully accepted.
This schedule changes during the summer.
Sunday morning services begin at 8:30am and include two 30-minute periods of zazen with 10 minutes of kinhin (slow walking meditation) between them, followed by a chanting service at 9:40am, informal tea about 10:15am, and a dharma talk beginning around 10:30am. Variations occur around special ceremonies and events.
Other Meditations and Services
Think about joining us for early morning practice. During summer and winter months, morning zazen Wednesday–Saturday is from 6:30–7:30am, followed by a short service. It is an “open” sitting, which means you are welcome to come in and leave at any point. During fall and spring Ango periods, the schedule begins at 5:30am, with an Ango morning service at 7:20am.
Saturday morning services are listed as “Dharani Chants.” The dharanis are energetic chants, some with syncopated rhythms, so if you haven’t experienced them, please join us for something a little different. The schedule is the same as weekday mornings.
This schedule changes depending on time of year, retreats and other events. Please keep checking the schedule for locations, and to make sure events are happening as planned.