Upcoming Events

Sunday Zazen Practice in Zoom

December Dates for Sunday Morning Zazen: December 4th and 11th

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, except for Sundays following zazenkai and sesshin.

Schedule

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

10:25-10:30a  -Stretch/Break

10:30-10:55a- Zazen

10:55a- Chant: 4 Vows, Brief spiritual circle

Please note: to protect the security of our meetings, we do not post Zoom links online. All the information 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.

Sunday Zazen and Text Study in Zoom

December Date for Sunday Zazen and Text Study: 

**NO TEXT STUDY IN DECEMBER**

On the 4th Sunday of each month, the Clare Sangha Senseis are offering a 90-minute practice opportunity that will include one period of Zazen followed by an hour-long open discussion about a reading. Everyone is invited to attend all or part of this gathering.

Schedule
9:45a – Zoom “virtual zendo” opens

10:00-10:25a – Zazen, Chanting of Gatha of Atonement

10:25-10:30a  -Stretch/Break

10:30-11:25a – Discussion of reading 

11:25a- Check in! Chat with other members of the sangha.

Please note: to protect the security of our meetings, we do not post Zoom links online. All the information 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.

Wednesday Evening Zazen Practice in Zoom

December Dates for Wednesday Evening Zazen: December 7th and 28th

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.

Schedule

6:50p – Virtual Zendo Opens.
*If you are new to the practice, this is an opportunity to receive some encouraging instructions.  

7:00p – Gatha of Atonement, Zazen, Four Bodhisattva Vows  

7:25p –-Check-in! Chat with other members of the sangha.

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.

Zazenkai at the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter

Hybrid In-Person/Online Zazenkai Date:

**NO ZAZENKAI IN DECEMBER**

In-Person Location
Church of the Nativity & Holy Comforter (CNHC)
419 Cedarcroft Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212, USA

****THIS MONTH WILL WILL BE IN THE SANCTUARY****

Parking is available in the lot to the south of the church.

Date and time
Saturday, October 8th, from 10am to 5pm

Covid-19 Testing Requirements

The safety of in-person participants is of the utmost importance to us. As such, we require that:

– 24 hours or less before attending, everyone must attain a negative Covid-19 test. A home test is acceptable. You may either send the result to our registration link (register@claresangha.org) or show it in person to Marian Grant. Only individuals that present a negative test taken within the last 24 hours before Zazenkai will be permitted to participate in person.
 
Clare Sangha is mindful of medical privacy concerns and will handle this process with the sincerest discretion.

General Information about Zazenkai
Zazenkai consists of alternating periods of seated and walking meditation, dharma talk, optional interviews, coffee/tea and rest breaks, lunch, and spiritual circle. Beginning instruction is offered to newcomers, after which they may join in community practice until lunch, or for the rest of the day. Please bring a bag lunch. You can view our standard zazenkai schedule here.

Suggested donation (dana) for this event is:
– $20 for in-person
– $10 for Zoom

Clare Sangha accepts donations via check, cash or PayPal

To register for a day of silence, send e-mail to register@claresangha.org, or register in person on-site the day of the event.

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.

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.

Audio:

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.

 

 

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Statement regarding sangha activities and COVID-19 - September 2022

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  hosting hybrid, online/in-person zazenkai during the second Saturday or each month. To attend events in-person, we are asking that attendees provide evidence of a negative COVID test (rapid antigen tests will suffice) within 24 hours of the sheduled start of 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.

 

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