Information on our Weekly and Monthly Zazenkai

Collapse
This topic is closed.
X
This is a sticky topic.
X
X
 
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39237

    Information on our Weekly and Monthly Zazenkai

    Calling All Sitters ...

    We have a live, weekly, 90 minute group sitting EACH SATURDAY[/b] (with a longer 4-hour retreat on the first Saturday of each month), though actually Friday night in some times zones, led by Jundo.

    The weekly 90-minute "Live from Treeleaf" Zazenkai commences from 9am Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm, Los Angeles 4pm (Friday night), London midnight and Paris 1am (early Saturday morning), and is 90 minutes long.

    The monthly 4-hour ZAZENKAI is held on the first Friday Night/Saturday of the month from Saturday morning 8am Japan time (that is New York 6pm to 10pm, Los Angeles 3pm to 7pm (Friday night), London 11pm to 3am and Paris midnight to 4am (early Saturday morning), and is 4 hours long.

    You can find the local times for these events in our Treeleaf Practice Calendar here: http://www.treeleaf.org/now

    The Zazenkai is also streamed lived on our YouTube channel here: TREELEAF YOUTUBE

    However, if it is not possible for you to join 'live' in your location at the appointed times, FEAR NOT, as the entire sitting will be recorded in REAL TIME and available for full participation ON DEMAND at any time after that, no different from the 'live' sitting. (the links will be posted each week in this forum).

    The schedule for our weekly 90 minute Zazenkai is as follows:

    15' CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA iIN ENGLISH AND DEDICATION)
    30' ZAZEN
    10' KINHIN
    30' ZAZEN
    5' FOUR VOWS, & VERSE OF ATONEMENT

    As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in English (the words are at the link below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

    The 4-hour monthly Zazenkai retreat on the first Friday / Saturday of each month runs as follows:


    50' CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA IN JAPANESE / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    10' KINHIN
    30' ZAZEN
    20' KINHIN
    40' DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    10' KINHIN & HOKEY-POKEY DANCE
    35' ZAZEN
    15' KINHIN
    30' METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING

    As you can see, there will be 5 periods of Zazen, most 30 minutes long. In between each period of Zazen, there will be a few periods for Kinhin walking (which will also serve for any needed bathroom breaks).

    The chant book used for these events (weekly and monthly are a little different) are available at THIS LINK:

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...t-Book-is-Here

    I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY. YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES, AND HAVE ROOM FOR BOWING AND KINHIN.
    [b]

    Please be patient with technical glitches and little annoyances ... as all are just part of the experience and practice!

    I hope you will join us ... an open Zafu is waiting.

    Gassho, Jundo
    Last edited by Bion; 03-09-2024, 02:35 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
Working...