Practice and enlightenment, the masters have long said, are both solitary and social endeavors. We need each other for reflection, encouragement and inspiration. Though some may have a strong capacity for seclusion, sangha is one of the three precious gems for a very good reason. We depend on each other to wake up.
At this time, we are pleased to offer the following opportunities to sit with others online.
Firstly, the Monastery itself is livestreaming its morning and evening zazen as follows:
Evening Zazen — Tuesday through Saturday — 7:30pm – 9pm
Morning Zazen — Wednesday through Saturday — 5:25am – 6:30am
Sunday Morning Program
9 – 9:30am Liturgy service
9:30am – 10:55am Zazen (2 periods with approximately 10 minutes between for kinhin walking meditation)
11:05 – 11:50am Dharma talk by a teacher or senior
Early morning Zazen with Lay Seniors (via Zoom)
Each Monday and Tuesday, 5:25am -6:30am
Additionally, Wednesday through Saturday during Monastery sesshin weeks.
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Morning Zazen with Lay Seniors (via Zoom)
Mondays through Saturdays, 7am – 8am
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Schedule for Early Morning Zazen over Zoom (Mondays and Tuesdays + sesshin week)
5:25 – 5:55am Zazen
5:55 – 6:05am Break, Kinhin, Movement
6:05 – 6:30am Zazen
6:30 – 6:35am Chant the Four Immeasurables, Verse of the Kesa (words below) and then a brief good morning/check in.
Schedule for Daily Zazen (Mondays through Saturdays)
7:00 – 7:30am Zazen
7:30 Chant Verse of the Kesa (words below)
7:30 – 7:35am Brief break
7:35 – 8:05am Zazen
8:05 Chant the Four Immeasurables (words below) and then a brief good morning/check in.
Schedule for Evening Zazen
7:30 – 8:05pm Zazen
8:05 – 8:10pm Break, Kinhin, Movement
8:10 – 8:45pm Zazen
8:45 – 8:50pm Chanting the Four Bodhisattva Vows (words below)
Verse of the Kesa
Vast is the robe of liberation, a formless field of benefaction. I wear the Tathagatha’s teachings, saving all sentient beings.
The Four Immeasurables
May all beings be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May all beings know happiness and the root of happiness.
May all beings live in sympathetic joy, rejoicing in the happiness of others.
May all beings live in equanimity, free from passion, aggression, and delusion.
The Four Bodhisattva Vows
Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them.
Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to put an end to them.
The dharmas are boundless, I vow to master them.
The Buddha Way is unattainable, I vow to attain it.
Dharma Discourse (Teisho) and Dharma talks are sometimes said to be dark to the mind and radiant to the heart. They require a certain kind of listening that is open and receptive.
To help yourself receive the talk fully, allow yourself to settle into a zazen posture and remain still. You can engage the speaker with your eyes, as you would if you were present with them in person. Allow the talk to flow in, releasing any narratives, comments or internal dialogues. Received in this spirit of openness, Dharma talks can speak directly to our awakened mind.