Zazenkai – April 14

You are warmly invited to an all-day “spring” Zazenkai on Sunday April 14.  It will include Oryoki lunch, so please plan to bring your bowls (if you have any).  A mug for tea would also be helpful.  More details to come via email.  All are welcome!

To register, please email by Friday 4/12/24.  Include: whether you can join us for the whole day or part time, if you will be having lunch, and if you need to borrow an oryoki set. We need a head count for meal planning.

If you’re coming from a distance and need a place to stay overnight, please reach out.

Zazenkai is typically on the schedule for the first Sunday in Jan, Apr, Jun, and Oct:  In 2024, that’s Jan 7, Apr 7, Jun 2, and Oct 6 2024.

Fusatsu – Apr 21

We are doing a Fusatsu ceremony about once a month,  usually on the third Sunday of each month — sometimes without a precepts talk.

Fusatsu is an ancient Buddhist chanting and bowing ceremony of atonement and purification that provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge our deep karmic entanglements. There will be a short talk on one of the Bodhisattva precepts.

The next Fusatsu will take place on April 21.  We’ll sit for one 30 minute round before going into Fusatsu, which takes about 45-65 min, depending on whether there’s a talk.

Study – Apr 21: Opening to Oneness, Nancy Mujo Baker

Oxbow Zen Study takes place on the third Sunday of each month. We are meeting in the Zendo after our usual Sunday sit, beginning at 9:30.

We’re be studying Opening to Oneness: A Practical Guide to the Zen Precepts by Nancy Mujo Baker.”  For those who wish to order the book online the following link is provided:

Upcoming:  April 21 (Chapter 5)

Past meetings: March 17 (Soshin Sensei, Chapter 4),  Feb 18 (Jo-Ei, Chapter 3), Nov 19 (Ann, Chapter 2), Oct 15 (Shokai, “Non-killing”),

[There’s also a YouTube video when she talked with the VZ book group.]