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Statement regarding sangha activities and COVID-19

To protect the health of our members and friends, all in-person sangha activities have been postponed indefinitely. In the meantime, we continue to look for new ways to stay conneted. We hope that you will consider joining us in our “virtual zendo” through the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Information about Zoom meetings will be posted on this page. Also, we highly recommend that you subscribe to our mailing list to get the most up-to-date information on sangha activities, including information neccessary to access our “virutual zendo.”

 

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.

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.

 

 

Sunday Evening Zazen Practice in Zoom

Please join us every Sunday night from  7pm to 8:00pm in Zoom for zazen and a little bit of chanting.

Schedule

6:45p – Zoom “virtual zendo” opens; Please plan to join no later than 6:55

6:55p – Brief orientation

7:00-7:25p – Gatha of Atonement, Zazen

7:25-7:30p  -Stretch/Break

7:30-7:55p – Zazen

7:55p- Chant: 4 Vows, Brief spiritual circle

Zazenkai in Zoom

Clare Sangha plans to host zazenkai in Zoom until we are able to meet in person. The format of online zazenkai is evolving and the information listed here is subject to change. However, the plan is to do some zazen practice and chanting together and a dharma talk will be offered. 

 The tentative schedule will be as follows:

9:30a – Zoom “virtual zendo” opens

9:45a-  Brief welcome and Orientation

10-10:25a – Zazen, Gatha of Atonement

10:25-10:30a – Stretch

10:30-10:55a – Zazen, Verse of the Kesa

10:55-11:00a – Stretch

11:00-11:30a- Gatha on Opening the Sutra, Dharma Talk, Song of  Zazen

11:30ish-12p: Spiritual Circle

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