Chanting of the Precepts will take place on September 26th, October 10th and 24th.
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 practised during the 6:00 am formal sitting in the Hatto. General students are welcome to attend.
The Roshi began a period of hermitage on Wednesday, September 26th, which will end at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 30th, when he leads monastics in Acalanatha Sadhana.
The Daruma-ki O-sesshin will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5th, and will end at noon on Friday, October 12th at noon. Formal students are reminded to send their schedules to schedule at wwzc dot org as soon as is possible.
For associate and general students:
Please note that there are no sittings on Monday and Thursday evening during the week of O-sesshin. Instead you may attend a morning sitting on Saturday October 6th. The sitting begins at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive by 9:15 in time for first Bell) and ends at 11:30 a.m. Students are reminded to remain on the first floor.
A Note to Preliminary and Public Students Concerning O-sesshin
During an O-sesshin the schedule is such that there is no time to meet face to face with preliminary students or to reply to email correspondence sent by public students. Public students are asked to send their weekly practice journals, as they will be reviewed. But unless there is something that needs an immediate reply, you will not receive an email reply until the week following the O-sesshin.
Cancelled Sitting October 8th
The general sitting that would normally take place on the evening of October 8th is cancelled as O-sesshin will be in progress.
Cancelled sitting October 11th
The associate sitting that would normally take place on the evening of October 11th is cancelled as O-sesshin will be in progress.
The next Samu Weekend is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th. Please pencil these dates into your schedule 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 over the weekend. To register please send an email to Saigyo tando at saigyo dot cross at gmail.com or leave a message on the Zen Centre office answering machine at 613-562-1568.