• June 7th/8th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI!

    NOTE: Our Dharma Talk this time will roll with the Genjo Koan (text below in this thread) ...

    Please 'sit-a-long' with our MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI, netcast LIVE 8am to noon Japan time Saturday morning (that is New York 7pm to 11pm, Los Angeles 4pm to 8pm (Friday night), London midnight to 4am and Paris 1am to 5am (early Saturday morning)) ... and visible at the following link during those times ...

    ... to be visible at the following link during those times and any time thereafter ...

    LIVE ZAZENKAI NETCAST at GOOGLE+ IS HERE:
    CLICK ON THE TAB ON LOWER RIGHT FOR 'FULL SCREEN


    http://youtu.be/Zs6JY3yEgPQ

    FOR THOSE NOT ALREADY MEMBERS OF THE CIRCLE WHO WISH TO JOIN TO SIT LIVE WITH A CAMERA, INSTRUCTIONS are posted AT THIS LINK. WE ARE NOW LIMITED TO 10 INDIVIDUALS WITH CAMERAS, BUT ANY NUMBER CAN WATCH LIVE 'ONE WAY' AND SIT-A-LONG VIA THE ABOVE SCREEN. IF JOINING WITH CAMERA, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR MICROPHONE IS MUTED:

    The Sitting Schedule is as follows;

    00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA / SANDOKAI IN ENGLISH) & ZAZEN
    00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
    01:00 - 01:30 ZAZEN
    01:30 - 01:50 KINHIN

    01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
    02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN

    02:40 - 03:15 ZAZEN
    03:15 - 03:30 KINHIN
    03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING


    Our Zazenkai consists of our chanting the 'Heart Sutra' and the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)' in English (please download our Chant Book at the link below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), a little talk by me ... and we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'. Oh, and lots and lots of Zazen and walkin' Kinhin in between!

    Please download and print out the Chants we will recite at the following link (PDF):

    Chant Book (PDF)

    or

    Chant Book (SHORT VERSION HTML)

    I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY. YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES, AND HAVE ROOM FOR BOWING AND KINHIN.

    ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.


    I hope you will join us ... an open Zafu is waiting. When we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: June 7th/8th, 2013 - OUR MONTHLY 4-hour ZAZENKAI! started by Jundo View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Jundo's Avatar
      Jundo -
      Our Dharma Talk this time will bounce with these passages of the Genjo Koan ...


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      When buddhas are truly buddhas they do not necessarily notice that they are buddhas. However, they are actualized buddhas, who go on actualizing buddhas.

      When you see forms or hear sounds fully engaging body-and-mind, you grasp things directly. Unlike things and their reflections in the mirror, and unlike the moon and its reflection in the water, when one side is illumined the other side is dark.

      To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of realization remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.

      When you first seek dharma, you imagine you are far away from its environs. But dharma is already correctly transmitted; you are immediately your original self. When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. When you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that nothing at all has unchanging self.
    1. Juki's Avatar
      Juki -
      I will be there live, assuming that Google + actually allows me to find the Hangout this week.

      Gassho,
      William
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      I will be there

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
    1. Yugen's Avatar
      Yugen -
      I will be there too

      Gassho
      Yugen
    1. Taikyo's Avatar
      Taikyo -
      I will be there live. A while since I sat through the night

      Gassho

      David
    1. Dosho's Avatar
      Dosho -
      I'll be there.

      Gassho,
      Dosho
    1. Daijo's Avatar
      Daijo -
      I will be there on the following morning. but I will be live.
    1. Koshin's Avatar
      Koshin -
      Live here too
      Gassho
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      I too will be there live.

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. arnold's Avatar
      arnold -
      I'll be there.

      Gassho,
      Arnold
    1. McGettigan's Avatar
      McGettigan -
      I will be sitting Saturday morning. Looking forward to sitting with all of you.

      Gassho,
      Mc.
    1. Juki's Avatar
      Juki -
      Just got told that I am working late tonight. So, I will sit this one tomorrow.
    1. Matt's Avatar
      Matt -
      Have been traveling this past week, so looking forward to getting home tomorrow night and sitting this one. Gassho, Matt J
    1. Myosha's Avatar
      Myosha -
      Look forward to sit / not sit with / without all.


      Gassho,
      Edward
    1. Shingen's Avatar
      Shingen -
      Nice way to end the week, thank you everyone. Have a great weekend and are you Sunday.

      Gassho
      Shingen
    1. Yugen's Avatar
      Yugen -
      Thank you to all who sat and will sit!

      Deep bows
      Yugen
    1. Taikyo's Avatar
      Taikyo -
      Thank you all - I could not get to join the hangout for some reason but I was with you live on youtube Thank you Jundo for your talk I am now going to get myself a cup of coffee and go with the flow!!!

      Gassho

      David
    1. Dosho's Avatar
      Dosho -
      Thanks to everyone who sat or will sit...deep bows.

      Gassho,
      Dosho
    1. Koshin's Avatar
      Koshin -
      Thank you guys, see you in the ordination ceremony

      Gassho
    1. Kyonin's Avatar
      Kyonin -
      Thank all who sat and will sit. Have a nice weekend

      Gassho,

      Kyonin
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