Today, a long sitting to celebrate Shakyamuni's Moment of Realization under the Bodhi Tree, some 2,500 years ago ...
... After sitting, day upon day, having searched everywhere, he finally found something always right there.
Perhaps, in giving up the search, he truly saw.
In commemoration of this attaining of non-attaining, we will sit long and intensely ...
... searching for nothing, expecting nothing, not judging or dividing,
embracing what is ...
we will sit four successive periods of 55 minute Zazen,
followed by 5 minutes of Kinhin ...
WARNING: TECHNICAL PROBLEM ...
CUTS OUT AT 12 MINUTES!!
PLEASE SELF-TIME FOR REMAINING 228 Minutes!
(RUNNING TIME: appoximately 4 hours)
Although it is worthwhile to sit sometimes with a bit of difficulty,
we do not risk our health or seek excess discomfort:
Please change positions, stand, walk or recline at any time, not waiting for the bell.
Please have ample water nearby (tea is helpful too), and drink freely when you need.
Today's sittings are specially dedicated to children everywhere,
may they be happy, free from suffering and danger.
We will briefly chant the FOUR VOWS (1x) at the start and end today ...
To save all sentient beings, though beings numberless
To transform all delusions, though delusions inexhaustible
To perceive Reality, though Reality is boundless
To attain the Enlightened Way, a Way non-attainable