Joining the 7-day Sesshin (October 29-November 5) on Zoom

The regular schedule for morning and evening Zoom sittings is suspended during sesshin. However, even if you’re not signed up, you’re welcome to join any block of sitting (though without dokusan) in our usual Zoom room. If you do join us, please log on before a block begins or during a kinhin to minimize distraction. Likewise, if you cannot stay for an entire block, leave during one of the kinhins whenever possible. Here is the schedule so you know what times to enter and join (the rounds are 35-minutes long with a 7-minute kinhin in between). Amala-roshi’s teishos will also be streamed on Mixlr, where the sound is a bit better. The regular schedule of Zoom sittings will resume Monday, November 7, at 7 a.m.

BYO Test to Sesshin

Along with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and underwear, please bring your own COVID-19 tests to sesshin. They have become expensive for the Center to provide. Now nearly everyone can get a free home test kit(s) through health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. But if you forget or otherwise don’t have one when needed, the Center will have some available.

Other Upcoming Activities

Saturday, October 29, 3:00 p.m., DepreshZen
Sunday, November 6, 11:15 a.m., Zen of Living and Dying
Sunday, November 13, 6:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Extended Sitting

New Priests’ Names

New priests Kathryn Argetsinger and Jeanette Prince-Cherry, in accordance with Buddhist tradition, will now be using the Dharma names they received at Sunday’s ordination ceremony.

Kathryn is now KANJI (pronounced KAHN-jee), with “KAN” meaning “whole, complete” and “JI” meaning “compassion.”

Jeanette is now JISSAI (pronounced JEE-sigh), meaning “true world” or “true encounter.”

If you missed it, the ordination ceremony can be viewed here. (You’ll see that we had automatic captioning turned on, but that the result turned out to be – shall we say – rather imperfect.)

Training Fund (Formerly Abbot’s Fund) Recipients Needed!

Has the RZC Training Fund helped you afford Zen training or sesshin fees that otherwise would have been out of reach? We’d love to hear about your experiences! We’re developing new ways to get the word out about the amazing, Sangha-funded resources the Training Fund offers. Your mini-story can be anonymous if you wish.

Please email Luka Häkkilä to set up a time to talk after November sesshin, or even just email them a few sentences about your experience. Thank you in advance!