Hello all -- we hope you are doing well.
Two Special Training Days coming up :
1. On Saturday September 19 our next half-day Zazenkai will take place, from 7am to 2pm.
2. On Saturday October 3 our next all-day Zazenkai will take place, from 7am to 7pm.
Zazenkai allows you to deepen your Zen training beyond a meditation group and experience Sangha community through zazen (sitting meditation), samu (work), shakyo (calligraphy) and vegan Shojin Ryori (meals). It is an opportunity to deepen your practice in structured silence and beautiful gardens and interiors. Also during this day private sanzen interviews are available with Mujyo Roshi, in order to confront, refine, discover and re-discover who we really are.
Each of these Zazenkais are wonderful opportunities to deepen your practice. But the all-day Zazenkai on October 3 is a particularly good chance to get a taste of what Sesshin is all about, due to its extended duration. Summer Sesshin will take place in late-December, before Christmas. You can come to either or both of the aforementioned Zazenkais.
Anyone is welcome and encouraged for Zazenkai: beginners and the experienced. This is an opportunity to put away the phone, appreciating and refining those relationships with ourselves, our community and the world. Please write back with any questions or to reserve your place. We have fewer than ten places available for each of the upcoming Zazenkais. ~~~
BECOME A MEMBER of the Jizoan Zen Center: Please join us and support Jizoan's commitment to Zen Buddhist practice, teachings, and service. Your friendship and collaboration are the seeds which cultivate dharma practice. At Jizoan, we deeply appreciate the generosity of our members who provide essential support of our sangha, our practice, and our social action programs. It is only through the kindness of our friends that we may continue along this path. Please enquire if interested in becoming a member. ~~~ Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19): Less than ten people attend zazenkai. For many people this is fewer than the number of people they work with, and considerably fewer people than they would normally meet in everyday dealings over a weekend, so please exercise your own judgement about attending. Gassho, Mark Unryu Seman Jikijitsuryo