Practicing during the Coronavirus

Distance practice

Join us in the zendo from home

 Zoom Zendo

Takes place connected through your phone, tablet or computer. Sit facing a direction that is comfortable to you; you do not need to watch your screen or the clock. The han begins ten minutes before zazen. Join early to settle before the bell rings. Zendo bells will begin and end zazen.

New? Introduction to Zen Buddhist Practice

Offered on Saturday, usually the First Saturday of the Month at 10:00 am

Next offered November 14

During our closure if you wish to begin a home sitting practice or receive an introduction to Zen Buddhist meditation via Zoom, we are here for you. This is by request and offered first come first serve. Fill out the request form if you wish to be introduced to our practice. Inquire by 5:00 pm the day prior.  We look forward to meeting you.

 

The request form can be found on our Joining the Sangha and For Beginners web pages.

Encouragement in Practice

Sign up using the simple signup form here

Every Wednesday a dharma offering is made to encourage our practice during the covid-19 pandemic. As Etsudo Patty Sensei teaches, we practice alone, together, alone. We could all use some encouragement now.

 

 

Dharma Brew

Thursdays at 7:15 a.m.

After zazen

Every Thursday morning we gather on Zoom for Dharma Brew. We may talk about the Encouraging Words from the night before, ask the person who shared them a question, talk about life, and share our practice during the covid-19 pandemic.

 

Use the same zoom ID and password as zazen.

 

Chanting Service on Weekday Mornings

 

During service, chant with the priests in the zendo.

 

Take a deep breath, and chant until you have given away all of your breath to the sutra. Then breathe in deeply and pick up the chanting when you have a full breath again. The sutras we will be chanting are available to print out on this page

 

Practice Discussion With a Priest

Do you have questions about practice?

For encouragement in this time of Covid-19, please reach out.

Care for Our Dharma Home: Samu

 

11/13/20 COVID-19 Protocols: samu is scheduled so as not to gather in groups.

Easily maintain social distance in the fresh air, practicing generous action while caring for plants, weeds, blossoms, vegetables, tools, wood, and other beings. The shisui (work leader) welcomes you to find an expression of community spirit and wholesome effort.

 

Shinkyoho Rachel Contact the Shisui

 

 

Samu During Smoke:

 

When air quality is Moderate we will slow or lighten the activity depending on how high the AQI number is, but go ahead with outdoor samu.

 

When the air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, we will give Sensitive Groups indoor samu. You are in a Sensitive Group if you have asthma or chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, are over 65 or under 18, or are obese. Depending on how high the AQI number is, we will cancel outdoor samu more than 60 minutes in length and offer indoor samu to everyone.

 

When air quality is Unhealthy all samu will be indoors.

Sunday Practice Outdoors (SUSPENDED UNTIL SPRING)

8:00 am zazen

8:40 am service

In the early Spring you will be invited again to in-person zazen and service on Sundays at the Zen Center, outdoors and socially distanced. Arrive early. The open-air zendo is behind the barn.

 

Each of the spots in the open-air zendo will have a disinfected sutra book and chair. If the chairs are full when you arrive, find a spot in the gardens nearby in a place you are able to maintain social distance.

 

Covid-19 Safety

  • Do not come to Ashland Zen Center if you feel sick.
  • Maintain six feet of social distance at all times.
  • Wear a mask at all times, except when seated in a socially distanced designated spot for zazen and service.

 

Details about In-Person Zazen

  • Be early and unhurried rather than ‘just on time,’ for everyone’s benefit.
  • The open-air zendo is behind the barn.
  • Each of the available spots in the open-air zendo will have a disinfected sutra book and chair.
  • If the chairs are full when you arrive, find a spot in the gardens nearby in a place you are able to maintain social distance.
  • Do not hesitate to reach out. Ask questions. Contact the Ino regarding in-person zazen practice.

 

Outdoor zazen and smoke:

  • When air quality is Moderate we will go ahead with outdoor zazen.
  • When the air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, we encourage Sensitive Groups to join via zoom. You are in a Sensitive Group if you have asthma or chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, are over 65 or under 18, or are obese. Depending on how high the AQI number is, we may cancel outdoor zazen.
  • When air quality is Unhealthy we will cancel outdoor zazen.

 

 

 

May all beings live in safety and be free from suffering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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