Half Day May 12, Sundays update

Valley Dragon continues to meet on Sunday nights at our usual time (zazen at 7:15 pm). After zazen, we are continuing our casual study of some of the Soto Zen tradition’s source texts. In the last few months we’ve completed the Sandokai, the Hokyo Zanmei, and Hongzhi’s Guidepost for the Hall of Pure Bliss. Last week we started with Dogen’s first text written in Japan after his return from China, the Fukanzazengi, his basic instructions for zazen practice. Please join us!

Happily, tomorrow, Saturday, May, 12, we return to our monthly half-day sits.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen (sitting)
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking)
1:45-2:20 zazen
2:20-2:30 kinhin
2:30-3:05 zazen
3:05-3:15 kinhin
3:15-3:50 zazen
3:50-4:00 kinhin
4:00-4:35 zazen
4:35 closing

There is no fee, and you may enter or depart at any point, preferably during the kinhin periods. Donations (for use of space and supplies) are welcome.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably in dark solid colors that cover knees and shoulders. Make sure cell phones are turned off – please check that vibration also is turned off. Please leave personal items, including water bottles, in non-practice spaces (entry or back room.)

As usual, we will be at Dragonfly Yoga. Please be in touch if you have questions or concerns.

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No April Half Day

Apologies again, but due to circumstances (including most regulars being unable to attend) we’re cancelling the half day sitting for April. Hope to resume in May!

Sunday night zazen will continue as usual.

Start the New Year with Zazen!

Happy New Year!

We return to Sunday night, January 7, after a couple weeks off through the holidays. After zazen, we will continue reading and discussion of the Sandokai, one of Soto Zen’s foundational source texts.

The following Saturday, January 13, we will conduct our monthly half-day sit. Please join us for an afternoon of silence and mindfulness.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00-1:35 zazen (sitting)
1:35-1:45 kinhin (walking)
1:45-2:20 zazen
2:20-2:30 kinhin
2:30-3:05 zazen
3:05-3:15 kinhin
3:15-3:50 zazen
3:50-4:00 kinhin
4:00-4:35 zazen
4:35 closing dedication of merit

There is no fee, and you may enter or depart at any point, preferably during the kinhin periods. Donations (for use of space and supplies) are welcome.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably in dark solid colors that cover knees and shoulders. Make sure cell phones are turned off – please check that vibration also is turned off. Please leave personal items, including water bottles, in non-practice spaces (entry or back room.)

As usual, we will be at Dragonfly Yoga. Please be in touch if you have questions or concerns.

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No Zazen New Years Eve

Most of our regulars appear to be traveling this year, and to allow everyone to ring out 2017 with friends and family without the irresistible lure of zazen, we’ll postpone another week and reconvene January 7, 2018. I look forward to sitting with you in the new year. Blessings and peace (and hopefully soon some precipitation) to everyone!

 

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