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 most month. Please confirm via the calendar.
Zazenkai begins promptly at 5:30 AM. So please arrive at 5:15 to prepare yourself. 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
Zazenkai will be streamed for people outside the Portland area. If participating from home please 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.
Dokusan is not offered to online participants.
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.
Autumn Sesshin at Gwinwood
Oct. 1 at 5:00 PM through Oct. 8, Noon