Sangha Winter Social, Tomorrow, Saturday, February 11: You’re Invited!

Join us at Arnold Park on Saturday, February 11, from 4:30 to 6:00 for a relaxed and festive early-evening gathering with delicious food, mocktails “bartended” by one of our very own, fun games, and warm community. RSVP here to help kitchen staff with a headcount, but please do come even if you forget to RSVP. You can dress up a little if you like, but there’s definitely no dress code. We hope to see you there!

Saturday Dokusan with John-sensei, February 11 & 18

Saturday-morning dokusan was instituted years ago to accommodate members who can’t make it to the regular dokusans held during the week. To attend, take a seat on the left side of the Arnold Park zendo, near the Kannon Room, any time before 10:00 am. An announcement will be made before dokusan begins.

Teisho by John-sensei, Sunday, February 12

Block 2 of the extended sitting (see below) begins at 8:30 a.m. with one extended round with a bell at the half-way point for posture change, followed by kinhin, a short chanting service, and then John-sensei’s teisho. All will be broadcast on Zoom.

Extended Sitting, Sunday, February 12

Daily sittings are great, but an extended sitting is a chance to wade further into the waters of zazen. You’ll get a break from stress, a taste of a sesshin day, and maybe even a new perspective on your mind and life.

While it’s all right to come for only part of the day, we ask that participants commit to staying for all of the two or three rounds of sitting in any block.

For Zoom access or for questions about how to participate in Private Instruction, email Jissai. Here’s the extended sitting schedule:

Block 1: 6:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Zazen
Block 2: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Zazen, chanting, teisho
Block 3: 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Zazen & Private Instruction
Block 4: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Zazen

Sangha Hike Postponed

We had hoped to take a 1.8-mile hike through the Three Sister Islands at Niagara Falls on Sunday, February 12, but Jake Langendorfer, our hike leader, is sick. Jake hopes to reschedule when conditions are right.

Other Upcoming Activities

Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m., Finding Your Seat
Sunday, February 12, 8:20 a.m., Youth Sunday
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m., Youth Night