Online practice meeting

Starting Saturday, March 21, we are introducing weekend online Sangha Practice with Eshin, so that in this time of social distancing our sangha can still connect and share our practice, our presence, and our support for each other.

Weekday meetings are being planned. Please complete this survey by 30 March if you are interested. This page will then be updated with expanded meetings based on the survey’s data.

Time and structure of the session:
● Two periods of zazen with one kinhin
● A dharma talk from Eshin or Myorei
● Reading of a chapter of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
● Sangha discussion

The Schedule, both Saturdays and Sundays. All times PST.
● 9:45am – 9:55am – Join in online and settle in.
● 10:00am – 10:25am – First Zazen
● 10:25am – 10:30am – Kinhin
● 10:30am – 10:55am – Zazen
● 10:55am – 11:00am – Four Bodhisattva vows
● 11:00am – Noon (apprx.) – Reading and sangha discussion.

Zoom can be used on desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, and phones. Click this to enter the zendo through a browser. The browser will give instructions for Zoom to operate. On some devices , such as phones, a Zoom app is also available.

We will have a camera in the Zendo to show the physical practice space for you.

Please take a moment to review the information below before joining the online zendo to become familiar with the schedule, using Zoom, and online zendo customs.

Guidelines and Online Zendo Customs:

Please join sittings a few minutes before the scheduled time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.

We typically have zendo practices to help bring calm and consistency to the environment, allowing practitioners to settle into the moment-to-moment experience. For our online practice, please observe the following form to ensure a harmonious practice for all:

Audio form:
● Mute your microphone upon entering the online zendo (if it is not already muted).
● Minimize audible distractions for yourself and others
● Silence in the online zendo until the sangha discussion.

● To cultivate the harmony of practicing together, please join on time.
● Bow in and out at your cushion/chair.
● For kinhin, feel free to stand, walk or stretch your legs at your place.

Tips for using Zoom

Click this to enter the zendo The online zendo opens about 10 – 15 minutes before zazen is scheduled to begin. New attendees, please take 10 – 15 minutes before the first sitting to become familiar with a few of the common functions. Practitioners tend to settle into the online zendo more easily after having oriented themselves.

Here are step-by-step instructions for exploring a few common functions in Zoom, the home of the online zendo.

Mute Your Audio:
Please mute your microphone during zazen if it is not already muted (to limit the background sounds that are heard by others). To do this, click on the microphone icon (conveniently labelled Mute/Unmute). The image of a microphone with a slash indicates mute. It can be unmuted for discussion after making sure there are no background sounds that can be picked up.

Gallery View or Speaker View. Gallery View is best. When this is chosen, the button shows the alternate view, not the current one.

Video: This can be stopped or started. A red slash line through the icon shows stopped.

Chat: Please do not use.

Participants: allows attendees to see who else is in the online zendo. Click the “Participants” button to open the Participants box.

Do not click the Share Screen button. If you do everyone will see the content of your computer or phone.

See you soon