Zazenkai - a day of Zen practice with others

You are invited to join UUC’s Zen Meditation & Study Group and the Woodinville UU Zen group for Zazenkai, an intensive day of spiritual practice and introspection. The day will include seated and walking meditation, sutra chanting, work practice, one-on-one meetings with a Zen teacher, a dharma talk, and reflective conversation.

Summer 2019 dates: 

  • Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here for a printable 2-page flyer which includes the day’s agenda.

We will meet at the  Woodinville UU Church (WUUC) in the Sanctuary. Experienced and first-time meditators are invited. Drop-in/part-time attendance is welcome. There is no charge for this event, though offerings will be invited for WUUC, which has sheltered the group’s meditations for 15 years. Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

Each date is dedicated to migrant children and families detained in inhumane conditions and prevented from seeking asylum in the U.S. Our meditations will focus on cultivating compassionate action for self and others.

We are inspired by Tsuru for Solidarity, which began as a project of the Japanese American community in collaboration with allied organizations and groups. Tsuru (“crane” in Japanese — a symbol of transformation, healing, and nonviolence) is organizing vigils and collecting paper cranes from around the world to hang on fences surrounding U.S. concentration camps. In 2020, the group will hang 125,000 paper cranes on the fence in front of the White House, representing each of the Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans incarcerated during WWII, and now migrants from South and Central America.

Strings of paper cranes

Our work practice for summer Zazenkai will be folding paper cranes to send to Tsuru for Solidarity for a future vigil. Crane folding materials and instruction will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own.