Zenkai – daylong zen meditation retreat
Join us for some or all of the sitting periods of this daylong online Zen-meditation retreat. The day consists of multiple 25 minutes of silent meditations interspaced by 5 minutes of walking meditation. A Teisho (Dharma talk on a Koan) will be given at 10:30 AM. For a copy of the Koan, please see below. All welcome.
Newcomers will be given instruction only when the meeting is held in Spring Hill and not online.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Time: March 21, 2021 09:30 Spring Hill and via Zoom
Then every month except April and October on the Third Sun, until Nov 21, 2021, 9 occurrence(s)
Meeting ID: 898 6676 8544
Dates for 2021:
January Sunday 17th 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
February Sunday 21st 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
March Sunday 21st 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
May Sunday 16th 9:30am to 3 pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
June Sunday 20th 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
July Sunday 18th 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
August Sunday 15th 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
September Sunday 19th 9:30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
November Sunday 21st 9.30am to 3pm (Zoom/Spring Hill)
Online Zoom Zenkai schedule
- Please log on 5 minutes prior to the start of the Zenkai.
- Make sure your electronic device is switched on to a power source for the duration of the Zenkai.
- Please turn your microphone to mute but please leave your video on.
- Get ready to sit facing your screen for the start of the gongs and chants. It is nice to be able to see each other for this short ritual.
- After the chant, you may want to position yourself away from the screen if you prefer. Please leave your video on so we know that you are there sitting with us. It is ok to position your screen so we can see your back as you sit facing the wall.
- You may leave and enter the virtual zendo during the day. If your mic is on mute, we will not hear you coming or going, nor will we hear any background noise.
- Please note that this is an opportunity for a silent day, so interaction with one another is limited to the end of the schedule.
- To join the zoom Zenkai please send us a request for a Zoom link.
Schedule for Zenkai.
09:30 am Welcome, chants and start of sitting.
09:55 am Kinhin
10:00 am Sitting continues
10:25 am Kinhin
10:30 am Teisho (dharma talk about a koan. Copy of koan below)
11:10 am Kinhin
11:15 am Sitting continues
11:40 am Kinhin
11:45 am Lunch (silent if possible)
12:30 pm Sitting continues
12:55 pm Kinhin
01:00 pm Sitting continues
01:25 pm Kinhin
01:30 pm Sitting continues
01:55 pm Kinhin
02:00 pm Sitting continues
02:25 pm Kinhin
02:30 pm Sitting continues
02:55 pm Chants and final recitations.
03:00 pm Finish. Please feel free to stay for a chat
Non virtual locations:
Samford: Old Catholic Church Hall, Corner Samford Road and Camp Mountain Road, Samford Village
Spring Hill: Theosophical society Building, 355 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill. Free Parking behind building.
Suggested cost contribution:
Spring Hill or Samford: For non-members, $30.00 per day or as one can afford.
Online: For non-members $15.oo per day for Zoom participants or as one can afford.
Please bring your own lunch and a thermo for a hot drink if required. We have no access to the kitchen during Covid restrictions.
Please rsvp by e-mailing email@example.com
What to bring:
Please wear modest, loose fitting and plain dark coloured clothing if possible. Chairs, meditation stools and cushions are provided.
Please note that any event can be cancelled at short notice. Everyone registered will be notified in advance.
Sutra Sheet for Zenkai:
We offer respect to the traditional custodians of this land and to the teachings that sustain them.
We offer respect to our lineage of teachers and to the teachings that sustain us.
All the wrong ever created by me since of old
On account of my beginingless greed, ill will and ignorance
Born of my conduct, speech and thought
I now confess and repent of it all
Gatha on opening the Dharma
The Dharma, incomparably profound and infinitely subtle, is rarely encountered, even in hundreds of thousands of millions of ages,
Now we can see it, hear it, receive and maintain it;
May we completely realise the Tathagata’s true meaning…
Four Great Vows
Living beings are numberless
I vow to free them
Delusions are inexhaustible
I vow to end them
The teachings are boundless
I vow to master them
The Awakened way is unsurpassable
I vow to embody it fully…
The Great Prajna Paramita Sutra
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, practicing deep Prajna Paramita
Clearly saw that all five skandhas are completely empty,
Thus transcending all suff’ring and distress.
Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness,
Emptiness no other than form;
Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form;
Perception, representation, volition, consciousness, are also like this.
Shariputra, all things are essentially empty-
Not born, not destroyed:
Not stained, not pure; without loss, without gain.
Therefore in emptiness, there is no form,
No perception, representation, volition, consciousness;
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind,
No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch, object of thought;
No seeing and so on to no thinking;
No ignorance and also no ending of ignorance
And so on to no old age and death;
And also no ending of old age and death;
No suff’ring, no accumulation of delusions
No cessation of delusions,
No path to that cessation;
No wisdom and no attainment.
Since there is nothing to attain
The bodhisattva lives by Prajna Paramita
Has no hindrance in the mind;
No hindrance and therefore no fear;
Far beyond delusive thoughts,
The bodhisattva attains Nirvana.
All buddhas of past, present, and future
living by Prajna Paramita
Attain the Supreme Way
Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is
The great mantra, the vivid mantra,
The best mantra, the unsurpassable mantra,
Which completely removes all suff’ring.
This is truth not a lie.
Therefore set forth the Prajna Paramita mantra,
Set forth this mantra and proclaim:
Gate’ Gate’ Paragate’ Parasamgate’
Bodhi svaha! Han-nya shingo…
Koan for March 2021 Zenkai:
Case 6, Hekiganroku – Unmon’s “Good Day”
Unmon giving instruction said, “I don’t ask you about before the fifteenth day; bring me a phrase about after the fifteenth day.” Unmon himself answered in the monks’ stead, “Every day is a good day.”
You throw away one, take up seven.
Above and below, in all four directions, you are peerless. Slowly you wade in a running brook,
Extinguishing its sounds;
Freely you watch a flying bird,
Sketching the track of its flight.
The grass is overgrown, the mists overhang.
Subhuti sits in the rocky cave, and lo, a shower of flowers! I snap my fingers: How lamentable is Shunyata!
Don’t move! If you do, thirty blows!