Email: January 8

Joining the 7-day Rohatsu Sesshin (January 8-15) The regular schedule of morning and evening Zoom sittings is cancelled during sesshin. However, to remind people who are not attending sesshin, you are welcome to join any parts of the sesshin (though without dokusan). If you do, please enter before the block of sitting begins or during…

Email: December 30

New Year’s Eve Schedule, December 31, 2020 Here is the schedule for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve Ceremonies. You’re welcome to join any or all parts of the evening. Post-New Year’s Schedule: This Weekend Once 2020 is mercifully behind us, our Zoom sittings will resume on Friday evening, January 1, 7:00 to 8:00. The Center’s…

Email: December 18

CoronaCast This Week: December 17, 2020. This Just In: Teisho A change in schedule: Roshi will squeeze in a teisho this Sunday, December 20, at the usual time, 9:30 am. Topic: pandemic melting and freezing of time. Center Closed Next Week (December 20 -26) The Center’s annual one-week break starts this Sunday, December 20, after…

Email: December 11

Joining the 2-day Sesshin (December 11-13) The regular schedule for Zoom sittings and Finding Your Seat has been cancelled this weekend. However, a reminder for people who are not attending sesshin: you are welcome to join any parts of the sesshin (though without Private Instruction). If you do, please enter before the block of sitting…

Email: December 8

Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony Tonight, Tuesday, December 8 Tonight’s sitting will begin at the usual time, 7:00pm, with a one-hour round (bell at the halfway point for change of posture). After kinhin, with everyone facing their devices, the ceremony will begin with chanting: Prajna Paramita (p.11 in the chant book); Ten-Verse Kannon Sutra (p.13); and the…

Email: December 4

Extended Sitting and Teisho The next Extended Sitting and teisho is this Sunday, December 6. In anticipation of next week’s annual ceremony in honor of the Buddha’s enlightenment, Roshi will be giving a teisho about that seminal event and Awakening in general. December 2-day Sesshin: Deadline Reminder The deadline for the upcoming 2-day sesshin (December…

Email: November 27

More Instructions for Jukai (Saturday, November 28) Here are a few additional details that may help you get the most out of tomorrow’s ceremony. This is the Center’s most popular and, arguably, most inspiring ceremony. We hope you can attend! After teisho (~10:30 EST), the zendo will remain open if you want to get in…

Email: November 24

This Week’s CoronaCast (November 24): New Zealand’s Pandemic Success Zoom Thanksgiving This Thursday Every year, the Center opens its doors for a Sangha Thanksgiving dinner, and this year we’ll do that virtually. You are welcome to join us on Zoom on Thursday, November 26, at 4:00 pm (EST), the usual meeting ID and password, or…

Email: November 20

Finding Your Seat Saturday & Extended Sitting Sunday There are plenty of opportunities this weekend for Zen practice. On Saturday, November 21, from 11:00 to noon, there’s the weekly Finding Your Seat, a great resource for beginners (but everyone is welcome). On Sunday, there’s the Extended Sitting from 6:15 am to 3:30 pm, in addition…

Email: November 13

Thanksgiving Week There will be online versions of the two ceremonies at the Center held around Thanksgiving every year. On Sunday, November 22, we’ll have our annual Ceremony of Gratitude, which this year will be mostly limited to the customary open session in which participants are invited to speak individual statements of gratitude, preceded by…