We invite you to participate in Village Zendo’s online zazenkai, a virtual day-long retreat. It will include five 30-minute periods of seated meditation (zazen), a chanting service and a Dharma talk.
Pre-registration is not required, but we ask that you make a donation of any amount you can afford before the zazenkai begins. Our recommendation is for our regular fee of $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Your offering can be made through our donations page, with a notation that it is for zazenkai participation.
We offer the following recommendations:
Let the schedule support you and your intention. The purpose of zazenkai is to devote an extended period of time to meditation. Unless something compelling calls you away, we suggest that you devote the day to your practice. If, however, you need to arrive late or leave early, we request that you do so during the five-minute stretch breaks between meditation periods (see schedule below).
Create an environment that supports your retreat. We suggest clearing a space where you can meditate and stretch between periods. You may wish to light a candle or offer incense as part of your practice. To save time, prepare lunch in advance.
Turn off and put away all electronic devices to avoid distraction.
We recommend that you review the Village Zendo’s guidelines for online sitting.
10:00 – 10:30 Zazen
10:30 -10:35 Stretch
10:35 – 11:05 Zazen
11:05 – 11:10 Stretch
11:10 – 11:40 Zazen
11:40 – 12:00 Service (Heart Sutra, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo)
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch, rest
12:45 – 1:15 Zazen
1:15 – 1:20 Stretch
1:20 – 1:50 Dharma Talk
1:50 – 1:55 Stretch
1:55- 2:25 Zazen
2:25 – 3:00 Open Sozan