Statement regarding sangha activities and COVID-19 - June 2021
In accordance with CDC guidelines, the Board of Directors have decided to begin offering in-person practice opprtunities again. We recgonize that we are living in uncertain times, and each person has differing comfort levels when it comes to meeting in-person. Therefore, we plan to continue offering Sunday Morning Zazen and Wednesday Night Zazen in the”virtual zendo” through the Zoom teleconferencing platform. In addition, we are exploring options for hosting hybrid, online/in-person events. Information about Zoom meetings is available by joining our mailing list .
Please note: to protect the security of our meetings, we do not post Zoom links online. All the informaton you will need to access our online events will be sent to you through our mailing list. If you are already subscribed to the mailing list and receive email announcements about practice opportunities, all the information you will need to access our online events will be sent to you. If you are not currently subscribed to the mailing list and would like to receive links to our meetings, we invite you join our mailing list by clicking here.
This is a work in progress! We will likely encounter unexpected technical issues here and there, but we will all learn from our experience. As Suzuki Roshi once said (paraphrasing Dōgen): “the life of a Zen master is one, continuous mistake.” Feedback is greatly appreciated. We want to make sure that our practice opportunities are accessible and, above all, encouraging.
Tips for Using Zoom
You will need to install Zoom on your computer or device before you will be able to attend our online activites. The download process will begin automatically when you click on a link to join our “online zendo.” When you click on the Zoom link, you will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app.
Please note: to protect the security of our meetings, we do not post Zoom links online. To receive links to our meetings, we ask that you join our mailing list by clicking here.
If you haven’t used Zoom before, there are many helpful videos available on the Zoom website that will help you learn the basics. You can access these videos by clicking here.
To help you along the way, we have borrowed some of the excellent instructions listed on the Village Zendo’s website regarding Zoom.
Here are step-by-step instructions for exploring a few common functions in Zoom, the home of the online zendo.
By default, your audio will be muted when you join the online zendo. Please keep your microphone muted during zazen so that you do not distract others. Also keep your audio muted during chanting, because Zoom’s audio does not work well when many people are talking (or chanting) at the same time. You may follow along with the chant leader as they chant. The image of a microphone with a slash indicates mute.
To adjust the video:
The two most commonly used controls to adjust video in the online zendo are Start/Stop Video (bottom left) and Enter Full Screen Click (top right).
Other common controls:
Chat: connects listeners with the moderator, and shows the closing recitation.
Participants: allows attendees to see who else is in the online zendo.
Zazen Practice in Zoom
Please join us Sunday Morning from 10am-11am in Zoom for zazen and a little bit of chanting. Our Sunday morning group meets just about every week, excpet for Sundays following zazenkai and sesshin.
9:45a – Zoom “virtual zendo” opens; Please plan to join no later than 6:55
9:55a- Brief orientation
10:00-10:25a – Gatha of Atonement, Zazen
10:55a- Chant: 4 Vows, Brief spiritual circle
Also, we hope to see you on in the virrual zendo on Wednesday Evening from 7p-7:30p for some zazen and a little conversation. Typically, the Wednesday group meets every other week, but please check the schedule to confirm.
6:45p – Zoom “virtual zendo” opens; Please plan to join no later than 6:55
7:00-7:25p – Gatha of Atonement, Zazen
7:55p- Chant: 4 Vows, Brief spiritual circle
Zazenkai at the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter
Clare Sangha plans to regularly host zazenkai in-person at the Church of the Holy Nativity and Holy Comforter with a live feed in Zoom. Zazenkai is usually held the second Satruday of each month.
Here is a sample of our usual schedule. Dokusan (private interviews) is offered subject to teacher availability:
9:30am Registration, set-up
10am Opening, zazen, kinhin
11am Dharma talk
11:45am Zazen, kinhin
12:45pm Noon chants
1pm Lunch, rest period
2pm Zazen, kinhin
4:30pm Closing, Spiritual Circle
5pm Clean up, home