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, mindful eating, work practice, one-on-one meetings with a Zen teacher, a dharma talk, and reflective conversation.

Fall 2019:  A mini-retreat to honor what is falling away with the turning of the season and our lives.

  • Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Woodinville UU Church

We will spend the day in silent seated and walking meditation, with a special focus on loved ones who have died, acknowledging relationships and circumstances that are changing, with no certainty of what is to come. Bring photos, mementos, poetry, messages for an altar of remembrance.

The day will also offer the experience of sutra chanting, work practice, one-on-one interviews with a Zen teacher, and a dharma talk with reflective conversation.

We will meet at the  Woodinville UU Church (WUUC) in the Sanctuary. Full-time attendance is preferred; part-time attendance is also allowed. Chairs and some floor sitting cushions/ benches are provided, or bring your own. Those new to meditation are welcome – instruction will be offered in the morning only. Advance registration is not required. There is no charge for this event, though an offering bowl will be available to support the ongoing supplies and materials for sangha programs. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch.

Flow of the day:

8:45 a.m. Doors open; enter quietly and find your seat

Densho (opening bell)
Opening Chants
Zazen, kinhin begins (alternating seated and walking meditation

Lunch (bring your own, please)
Work Practice (bring garden tools if you wish to work outside
Break – for rest practice, outside sitting, walking, offering incense
1:30 p.m.

Zazen, kinhin resumes.
Dokusan (one-on-one interviews with Dharma teacher) offered concurrently

Dharma talk, discussion.
Zazen, kinhin resumes
4:50Closing chants
5:00 p.m.Depart in silence

For more information, contact Janine Larsen, UUC Director of Ministries and Senior Dharma Teacher affiliated with Empty Moon Zen Network. Janine is the practice leader of the Zen Meditation and Study Groups of University Unitarian Church and Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, which sit as Bright Cloud Zen, member sitting groups of the UU Buddhist Fellowship and Empty Moon Zen Network. Participation is open to all – you do not have to be a Unitarian Universalist or Buddhist. Click here for more information on regular practice schedule and opportunities for longer retreats with Bright Cloud Zen practice groups.

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