During the current COVID-19 outbreak, No-Rank Zendo will not hold any indoor public gatherings.
We will continue to offer Cloud Zendo weekday mornings from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. We will also share our current Wednesday and Sunday night services via Cloud Zendo.
New Cloud Zendo times are also offered on weekdays at Noon and Mon, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00 PM and Saturday Mornings at 7:00
On Wednesday nights, we will begin at 7:00 with the chanting service. After two 30 minute sits, we will have an online Dharma Discussion. We will close with chanting the four vows.
On Sunday nights, we will again begin at 7:00 starting with the chanting service. After two 30 minute sits, I will give Teisho. We will then close again with the four vows.
The virtual zendo is accessible via Zoom which can be downloaded onto a computer, tablet or smart phone simply by selecting the link. Zoom will then ask to be installed. This is a simple process that requires no computer skill.
Navigating the app may be a bit harder but should not be daunting. Here are some pointers.
It is best to meditate while not directly in front of your screen but with the screen still showing your body and posture somehow. If you'd rather not be seen on screen at all, that is fine. Point the screen to your altar or use a blank screen.
Please turn the camera toward your face for Dharma Discussion and Teisho.
Everyone except for the head of zendo will automatically be muted upon entering. Please leave yourself muted (even during chanting).
The head of Zendo will unmute the group from my end for Dharma Discussion.
There are two options for viewing. Either focusing on the speaker or grid mode. Given that no one will be speaking, it is best to set your interface for grid mode. This is handled differently on different consoles. For instance, on a computer or tablet, tapping on the window will offer a grid button. On a phone, swiping to the right should bring up options.
It may be wise to play around with the app prior to the actual sit to familiarize yourself with the settings -- although some options may not be available without others also online.
For those unfamiliar with the forms, each zazen period begins with a clap, followed by four bells. A period is closed with one bell and two claps. The stretch break will last for about two minutes, after which there will be another clap and four bells. Again, the period will close with a bell and two claps.
Because your microphone will be muted, feel free to come in at any time and leave at any time. Ideally, you would come for one or both of the zazen periods, but this is not necessary. What is most important is that everyone is supported in increasing their practice to some extent throughout the day.
You may join in with the chant or simply listen, but only my microphone will be functional.
A series of bells will then mark the end of each chanting period and will allow for the opportunity for sanpai (Buddhist prostrations acknowledging Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). If you have not been to our public zendo, the form is as follows: after a series of bells, there is a single bell indicating that it is time to bow followed by a clank indicating it is time to stand again. We do this three times. Three final bells indicates a final bow to the altar.