For the duration of the Pandemic. All events are taking place in Cloud Zendo
Zazenkai offers an increased period of practice to help us increase our relationship with our own deep nature. There are longer sitting periods, a full service, formal breakfast, practice Interview, a Dharma talk and work practice.
Zazenkai is offered the Second Saturday of every month.
During the Pandemic, all Zazenkai are held via Zoom in Cloud Zendo. The structure has been slightly altered in order to accomodate home practice.
Zazenkai begins promptly at 5:30 AM. We will engage in noble silence throughout. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. There is a $25 recommended donation for participation.
5:30 = Asa (service)
6:00 = Zazen
7:30 = Breakfast/Break
8:30 = Zazen
9:00 = Dharma Interview/Zazen
10:30 = Break
10:40 = Dharma Talk
11:30 = Close
During the Pandemic and throughout any Cloud Zendo Zazenkai, pl,ease keep the following in mind ...
Everyone will be their own tenzo (cook). Please prepare yourself a simple breakfast and eat without distraction and in silence.
Everyone is encouraged to remain silent at home throughout the morning, eschewing use of computers, cells phones, radios, et al.
Participants will be at home and likely around family, so it may be unrealistic to expect true profound silence. The first priority is to be kind to those we live with and work our practice through our daily lives.
The schedule is listed above, all times with the exception of Asa (morning chants) and 8:30 Zazen are approximate.
There is a link to chant cards below. There are two types, a full page version and a version formatted as a booklet (be sure to print the latter two-sided, short binding.
Sesshin is an intensive period of practice that is an essential component of living a committed Zen life. The forms and practices that help us sustain access to our deep nature extend throughout the day with multiple hours of zazen, interview (dokusan), teisho (Dharma talk) and work practice.
As with Zazenkai, throughout the pandemic, all long retreats will be held via Zoom in Cloud Zendo. We will also not be referring to these long retreats as "sesshin" but simply as "retreat." The reason for this is to help differentiate a very intimate and communal practice that involves a collective, indeed communal, gathering of the heart-mind. Though we are never truly separate, the feel and structure of an online retreat is different. This is not to diminish the power of personal practice and sitting alone, but it is, indeed, different.
Until we can gather collectively, No-Rank Zendo will offer Cloud Retreats four times a year. Please look at the Calendar for dates ...
Weeklong Rohatsu Cloud Retreat
December 1 at 7:00 PM through December 8, Noon