Dharma Talk This Sunday (February 20) Postponed

This Sunday’s Dharma Talk has been re-scheduled for Sunday, March 20. This Sunday, February 20, we’ll sit for three 30-minute rounds with kinhin in between, ending with the Four Vows.

Are Zen Center Library Books Lying around Your Home?

Because of COVID-19 restrictions during the past two years, we now have an unusually high number of overdue books checked out from the Center’s library: over 60! If you have any, please return them as soon as possible. Amnesty will be granted to all, and library users will be grateful. For convenience, you may drop them off in the mail slot at the Arnold Park main entrance.

A Few Reminders: Saturday Dokusan and Finding Your Seat

Now that the Center has re-opened, Sensei has resumed giving in-person dokusan on Saturdays, at 9:00 am, for those who cannot make it during the week. The next dokusans will be February 19, March 12, and March 19.

In addition, don’t forget there’s Finding Your Seat on many Saturdays at 11:00 am. The next few will be February 19 and March 5, 12, and 19.

Joining the 4-day Sesshin (February 22-26)

The regular schedule for morning and evening Zoom sittings will be suspended during sesshin. However, even if you’re not signed up for sesshin, 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, exit Zoom 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). Note: We will also stream the entire sesshin, including Sensei’s teishos, on Mixlr (where the sound is a bit better). The regular schedule of Zoom sittings will resume Monday morning, February 28.

Cleaning of the Temple – Chapin Mill, Saturday, March 12, 9:30 am

Now that we can work together again, we’ll turn our attention to all the corners and crevices of the Chapin Mill buildings with our annual “Cleaning of the Temple.” We begin at 9:30 and wind up with a pizza lunch (alternatives available) at 12:30. It’s your temple – join us if you can! Please RSVP by sending an email to  the receptionist.