Email: July 3

Independence Day Weekend Staff will have a mini-break this weekend, so there are no formal sittings (hence no audio-streaming) on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. However, there will still be Zoom sittings on Saturday and Monday morning (7:00-8:00), but nothing on Sunday. Seeing Through Racism Meeting The next meeting of the Seeing Through…

Email: June 25

Roshi’s CoronaCast: June 25, on wearing masks. July Sesshin Our next online sesshin, of 5 days, will take place July 27-31, the same week it had been scheduled for before the pandemic, but shorter (application deadline: Saturday, July 25). And as planned, Sensei Amala Wrightson will be leading it, but now from New Zealand. Auckland is…

Email: June 19

Chapin Mill Work Retreat 2020 First, the good news: We will be (kind-of) having our annual work retreat at Chapin Mill! Bad news: It will be short, modified, and laced with hygiene safety restrictions. The work retreat will span just two half-days: Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, ending…

Email: June 5

CoronaCast This Week Roshi’s latest podcast, recorded June 4. June Virtual Sesshin Notes If you’re still thinking about attending the June sesshin, which starts next Monday, June 8, there is now an application deadline: Saturday, June 6, 3:30 pm. For some helpful tips on how to get the most out of this virtual sesshin, you…

Email: May 28

CoronaCast This Week The latest: CoronaCast from Roshi: May 28. Memorial Service for the 100,000 To mark the terrible milestone of our now having reached 100,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths, this Sunday, May 31, Roshi will read aloud the prayer at the heart of the standard Buddhist memorial service (adapted from the Tibetan Book of the…

Email: May 26

Guidelines for June 4-Day Virtual Sesshin (June 8-11) If you’re considering applying for our first online sesshin, check out the guidelines posted here, and fill out an online application. Tuesday Night Sitting at Chapin Mill on Zoom: 6:30-8:15 PM Every Tuesday, until the end of June, you can join sittings at Chapin Mill via Zoom….

Email: May 22

This Week’s CoronaCast The latest: CoronaCast from Roshi: May 21. Zoom Evening Sittings Eight participants from the 5:30 pm Zoom sittings have suggested that it would fit better for them to schedule it later – that is, after the normal dinner hour. And no one has asked that it stay at 5:30. So starting this…

Email: May 16

June “Sesshin” Our maiden virtual sesshin is scheduled for Monday morning, June 8, through Thursday evening, June 11. It will depart from our customary sesshin schedule, starting later each day (6:15 am), running until 9:00 pm, and also with longer break periods to provide time for participants to manage their households – meals, family, pets,…

Email: May 14

Death in the Sangha We just learned that Joe Metzinger, a Cleveland Sangha member, died of Covid-19 on April 2. Joe attended his first 7-day sesshin last year, and was scheduled to return for this year’s March sesshin that had to be cancelled. Our condolences to our Cleveland Zazen Group and all who knew Joe….

Email: May 3

Zoom Sitting Miscellanea A few participants in the morning Zoom sittings have generic labels at the edge of their screens (e.g., “Galaxy S10”) instead of their names, and the view of the sitter may be such that other participants can’t tell who it is. Changing that label to your name would identify you, enabling your…