- Opening sitting: May 2, 5:00am-9:00pm
- Opening/Shuso Entering Ceremony: May 2, 4:00pm
- Shuso talks/lectures: May 4, 16, 22, and 30
- Classes: Thursdays, May 7-June 4, 7:15-8:45 pm
- Bansan (tea and dharma discussion with the abbot): Friday, May 15, 5:40pm (please note date change)
- Dinner and Skit Night: Saturday, May 23, 5:30pm
- Shosan (dharma dialogue with the abbot): June 5, 5:40 pm, and June 8, 5:40am
- Lay Ordination: Saturday, June 6, 3:00pm
- Five-Day Sesshin: June 10-14
- Shuso Hossen (dharma dialogue with the shuso): Sunday, June 14, 3:30pm
Practice period at BZC this spring begins with the Opening Ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, May 2 and ends with the Shuso Ceremony on Sunday, June 14. Sojun Roshi has invited Susan Marvin — Sentei Kunka — Spring Garden/Virtuous Influence to be shuso and serve as exemplar of devoted practice for us. We invite BZC members to participate in this time of intensified practice. The full schedule of events is on the BZC website and the bulletin board.
To participate, please complete a registration form on the bulletin board shelf. You must also sign up separately for sesshin and a number of events, even though you may have noted them in your registration form. Those sign-up sheets will be posted.
There are some requirements for participation in the practice period. These are detailed on the registration form. The spirit of this practice is expressed by Sojun Roshi in his words here.
The start of this year’s spring practice period will coincide with a major milestone in BZC’s presence on the World Wide Web. Our completely new WordPress-built website will go live on May 1.
The new site will introduce several new features, including:
- Podcasting for our dharma talks and classes (subscribe through iTunes or RSS)
- Live calendars of upcoming events, family practice events, and 20s and 30s group events
- Faster downloads of files, including the newsletter PDFs
- Better image gallery views
The best part is that you won’t need to do anything to enjoy the new site. Simply continue to visit www.berkeleyzencenter.org as you always have. If you miss any features from the old site, catch any errors, or have any other feedback, please drop our webmaster, Troy DuFrene, a line at email@example.com.
Barbara Stevens Strauss created a beautiful white vase and donated it to BZC in memory of Nancy McClellan, and Andrea Thach donated a special black Japanese vase. These vessels will be used and loved.
There were a number of mistakes in the BZC directory this year. We are preparing an erratum that we mail out to our Yahoo groups in a few weeks. If you would like to have one sent to you by regular mail, please contact the office manager at (510) 845-2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you stay for breakfast on Saturday morning it is expected that you will stay for the following work period (samu).
You may have already noticed that we have a new Saturday work leader. Ed Herzog has stepped into this role and is now responsible for leading us during our Saturday work period. We offer many thanks to Bruce Coughran for filling this position for almost two years. His quiet steady presence on Saturday mornings helped us all pay attention as we worked together to care for our temple.
There are a few openings in Jake and Leslie’s dharma group. We meet in the zendo about once a month on a Saturday, 12:30-2:30pm. Our time together includes zazen, a short check-in, and reading and discussing a text. We are currently reading Not Always So. Our intention is to relate our Zen teachings to our everyday lives through our discussion of these texts. Please contact Jake or Leslie at email@example.com if you are interested in joining this group.
Unfortunately the 2015 directory has some errors in it. We are planning to send out an errata sometime soon. If you have not already done so, please check your entry and email any changes you want made to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15. You can also call the office with changes at 510.845.2403.
BZC is offering a class for training in adult and child Lifesaver CPR and use of our AED. The class will be held on Saturday April 18 from 12:30-2:30pm. Attendees will receive CPR certification. The cost is $40. It’s very important that we have sangha members trained and certified in these skills, so please consider joining this class. See Margret Wotkyns, health and safety manager, with any questions. Sign-up deadline is April 1.