Washington State has embarked on our “Safe Start” reopening program which, for our region, has reached Phase 2. This allows for more or less the same limited public options that we had been operating under at the close of last year. As the infection rates fall and vaccinations increase we will be able to increasingly allow greater attendance at our events. For now the sticking point remains chanting and meals and it seems like that will be the case for some time. We hope to resume more of our regular events by the summer, but be prepared to be masked and distanced even if you are vaccinated. If you have an opportunity to get vaccinated do take it. For any of our offerings this year and for the foreseeable future that will be required.
We continue to only be publicly open for our evening zazen and portions of our retreats for a maximum of ten (10) people in the zendo. This is the maximum we can accommodate and maintain six (6) feet of physical distancing. Morning Chanting (Choka) and Sunday Zazenkai remains closed to the public. Zazenkai will continue to be held virtually.
- Masks are required at all times when in the zendo, even if you are vaccinated
- DO NOT come if you feeling sick.
- We are allowed to have a maximum of ten (10) practitioners in the zendo. If your party would exceed that number please come another time.
- Stay Six (6) feet apart from other practitioners at all times. Allow for additional time for entering and exiting the zendo.
- Do not move cushions, chairs or other items from where they are. You can change or add cushions from the cabinet in the gaitan.
- Do not close the windows.
- If you start to feel sick, depart at a stretch break or during kinhin (walking meditation).
- Sanitize your hands before opening the zendo door.
- Thoroughly wash your hands.
- Cover your mouth/nose with your elbow or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Do not shake hands or hug. A gassho (bow) is sufficient.
- If you are in a High Risk Population only come if vaccinated.
We have been allowing people to visit and walk the trails and grounds. This continues into Phase 3 with no changes to our general policy. If visiting please follow these general rules.
- Please stay out of all buildings, except for the zendo during designated public zazen.
- Do not congregate into groups.
- Maintain physical distancing.
- Wear a mask.