Weekly Schedule

Respecting the wise direction to “shelter in place” while the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, we are making use of available technology to continue to practice together only on the Zoom platform until further notice.

Daily Zazen

  • Monday – Friday
    • 7:30–8:10 am (See Calendar for special Monday morning schedule)
    • 5:40–6:20 pm
    • Earlier zazen on Tuesdays and Thursdays:
      5:40‒6:40 am (in addition to 7:30)
  • Chanting for All Who Are Suffering
    Tuesdays, 8:15‒8:45 am
  • Well-Being or Memorial Service
    Wednesdays, 8:10 am

Meeting ID: 657 798 2914
Passcode: bzc

Saturday Program (in Zendo)

  • Zendo opens:       8:30 am
  • Zazen:                      8:40 – 9:20
  • Service:                   9:20 – 9:30
  • Kinhin/break:       9:30  – 9:40
  • Zazen:                      9:40 – 10:10
  • Lecture:                  10:15 – 11:15
  • See our Calendar for speaker schedule

Meeting ID: 657 798 2914
Passcode: bzc

Saturday Zazen Instruction (not in online zendo)

8:40 – 9:20 am

Meeting ID: 976 5878 8698
Passcode: zazen

Wednesday Night Drop-In Study (in Zendo)

7:00: Zazen
7:30 – 8:30: Reading and discussion

Meeting ID: 657 798 2914
Passcode: bzc

Online Zendo Forms and Etiquette

  • Please join sittings a few minutes before the scheduled time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.
  • It’s less visually distracting to others if you  join the zoom session without video, get settled, and then start your video.
  • The Doan will ring three bells to begin zazen.
  • The Doan will ring one bell to signal the end of zazen.

General Guidelines

Traditionally, to help facilitate a calm and settled space so that practitioners can attend to the moment-to-moment unfolding of experience in meditation, there are zendo practices, or forms, agreed upon and practiced with harmony in mind:

Minimize visual distractions

  • If using a desktop computer, create a practice space by clearing or covering work papers. Please be sure to not have pictures or light sources directly in front of the camera.
  • A recommended way to sit is in profile, facing away from the computer screen. This allows participants not to be distracted by the movement of other sangha members, mirroring our formal practice of facing the wall during zazen. Some choose to sit off-camera; that’s also fine.

Before zazen let the body and mind know:

  • Bow towards and away from cushion/chair. This is traditionally done with palms together.
  • Bow out, while seated, at the closing bell. Getting up from sitting, bow to and away from your cushion or seat. End the session.

Practice Discussion and Dokusan

One-on-one meetings with BZC Practice Leaders are available on phone, skype, or zoom during sheltering in place.  Please see the Practice Leader page for contact information.

To arrange dokusan with Vice Abbot Hozan Senauke, use his online calendar:  https://calendly.com/asenauke/dokusan   or contact Hannah Meara at hmeara@gmail.com.

Some thoughts about the function of Practice Discussion/Dokusan from Ryushin Andrea Thach