Every Sunday from 8am to around 9:30am we will hold a virtual community zazen, or Zazenkai service. It is a simply service with chanting, zazen, a short talk and chance at the end for casual discussion. Please join us online when you are able. There will be a post each Saturday before the Sunday Zazenkai with the Zoom Link. Alternatively you can be added too a mailing list that will send out the link every week. This is recommended as for security reasons we may have to only mail out the link.
Click to Join the Tahoma Virtual Events Mailing List
Download the Zoom Client for your computer or device. You can click on the Join Meeting Link and it will walk you through installing the software. Do get yourself setup before the meeting. You can join the meeting early; you will simply wait until the host (Tahoma) starts the meeting.
All microphones will be muted by default, please keep them muted during the meeting. Due to the limitations of the internet, different connections, computer speed, bandwidth etc we cannot keep everyone in sync for chanting if everyone is broadcasting. So chant along with the densu (chant leader) and then follow the prompts from the jikijitsu (time keeper) for the rest of the service.
We have put together a PDF of the chants we are going to do at zazenkai if you would like to chant along. Along with our standard chanting of the Heart Sutra and Song of Zazen we will also do Dai Sagaki chanting for the dead and dying. As usual we will conclude the service with the Four Great Vows. Download the pdf here: Zazenkai Chant Book.
The service will proceed as follows:
8am Offering of incense
Sutra Chanting: Heart Sutra, Song of Zazen, Dai Sagaki
Zazen ~20 minutes
5 minute break for Exercise, stretching, etc.
Zazen ~15 minutes
Chanting of the Four Great Vows
At the end of the service and we can chat for a few minutes before concluding. During this time you should unmute only for speaking and then resume muting. There are “tap to mute” controls in the Zoom preferences. Remember to keep the channel muted throughout the service as you can be heard by everyone.
We will not be able to provide technical support during the service. Feel free to contact us afterwards if you’d like some help for the next weeks service.
Please read through these best practices for virtual gatherings:
Virtual Practice Guidelines.