Just a reminder ...
Our New Years/January monthly 4-hour Zazenkai (Zazen sitting) will be netcast Saturday (1/3) from 9pm to 1am Japan time (that is New York 7am to 11am, Los Angeles 4am to 8am, London noon to 4pm and Paris 1pm to 5pm, Saturday) ...
... but fear not if the times are not possible for you to join 'live' in your location, as the entire sitting will be recorded in 'real time' and available for full participation 'on demand' after that (the link will be posted on the blog). So, please join us as soon as you can.
Remember, when we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' and 'then' ... we are sitting all together!
The 'Live' netcast will (if the technology is working right ... we have to use Ustream for this one) be visible at this link at the times indicated:
Our Zazenkai will consist of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' and the 'Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai)' in English (attached 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'.
Please download and print out the NEW Chant Book (PDF) especially for monthly Zazenkai, at the following link:
The schedule is as follows:
00:00 - 00:50 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA / SANDOKAI) & ZAZEN
00:50 - 01:00 KINHIN
01:00 - 01:40 ZAZEN
01:40 - 01:50 KINHIN
01:50 - 02:30 DHARMA TALK & ZAZEN
02:30 - 02:40 KINHIN
02:40 - 03:20 ZAZEN
03:20 - 03:30 KINHIN
03:30 - 04:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING
I 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.
ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.
Please join in, one and all.