I prefer to keep most discussion and teaching out and open though this Forum, where many members of the Sangha can support each other, offer advice and share together. I tend to emphasize private meetings for personal and sensitive matters, or just as a way to get to know and 'touch base' with everyone here from time to time. Especially during our Ango, many folks would like to meet and chat every so often.
For that reason, I would like to announce my most available "office hours". Because I am in Japan, I will quote Japan time, and ask you to translate that to your own time zone and schedule. Other times may be available, but limited.
PLEASE EMAIL ME A FEW DAYS IN ADVANCE (UNLESS URGENT, OF COURSE) TO SET A TIME. I prefer to videochat via Skype (Skype.com ... free, easy to install and use), so a camera is best.
SKYPE NAME: KEIZANDOGEN
HOURS: Most weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 11AM (for a couple of hours) and from 10pm (for a couple of hours) ALL JAPAN TIME
(Those are the most open times for me, although I will try to arrange other hours if there is special need.)
CURRENT TIME IN JAPAN (Do the math! ):
Also, please be aware that most such meetings (sometimes called "Dokusan" in Soto Zen or "Sanzen" in Rinzai Zen) are typically very friendly and informal in Soto practice, especially in the west and outside a monastery. Few mysterious "Koan-ish" interchanges and formalities (as in the pictures) ...
... and more a simple relaxed chat on "how are you?" and "how's your practice going?"