Chanting of the Precepts will take place on March 29th, April 12th and April 26th, 2017.
Fusatsu (J) literally “Chanting together”, a practice of aligning with and renewing the Bodhisattva Precepts for monastics and formal students is usually held on or near new and full moon days on a Wednesday and is practiced during the 6:00 am formal sitting in the Hatto. General students are welcome to attend.
March 21st is the memorial for Keizan Jokin zenji (1268-1325 CE), the fourth Ancestor of the Japanese transmission of Caodong-Soto Zen. After Dogen zenji, considered to be one of the most important of the Ancestral teachers; founded Soji-ji. The author of many important source texts including the Denkoroku (Record of the Transmission of Luminosity).
On Saturday, March 25th, Ven. Jinmyo Renge osho will lead a Dharma Assembly which will begin at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15, in time for first Bell) and will end at 9:00 p.m. Dana is $40.00, which includes two meals: lunch and supper. Participants are asked to bring clothing and shoes appropriate for samu practice. To register, please send an email to schedule at wwzc dot org or leave a message on the office answering machine at 562-1568. Dharma Assemblies are open to all students.
Cancelled General Sitting
The general sitting that would ordinarily take place from 9:30 to 11:40 a.m. on Saturday, March 25th will be cancelled due to the Dharma Assembly.
The Roshi will begin a period of hermitage on Wednesday, March 29th which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 2nd when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
Introduction to Zen Workshop
The next Introduction to Zen Workshop will take place at Dainen-ji on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. For more information please see: http://www.wwzc.org/content/introduction-zen-workshop-ottawa. For information concerning our Long-distance Training Program, please visit this Web Page: http://www.wwzc.org/long-distance-training-program
Hanamatsuri Two-day Sesshin
The Hanamatsuri two-day sesshin begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14th, and will end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 16th.
On Saturday, February 11th, associate and general students may attend a sitting held in the Zendo. Arrival time is 9:15 a.m. (in time for First Bell). The sitting ends at 11:30 a.m. Students attending are reminded to remain on the first floor.
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please pencil this date into your diary so that you will be able to attend some or all of this weekend of samu practice. Saigyo tando will be writing soon to students with more details about the activities taking place. To register please send an email to Saigyo tando at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at 613-562-1568.