Schedule

Schedule Update: We hope this finds you safe and well.  For the time being, in-person sits are canceled at AZC due to Covid-19.  However, AZC will continue to practice sitting together while protecting public health by using the Zoom online platform.  All are welcome to join! 

In addition to AZC offerings, we wanted to share some upcoming opportunities for extended sitting offered on Zoom. Mountain Lamp Community in Washington state is holding Zazenkai: August 7-9, led by Genmyo’s Diamond Sangha teacher, Jack Duffy. More information and contact info here: http://mountainlamp.org/calendar/ or email ml-info@mountainlamp.org or see our home page.

There are three regular AZC offerings for this season online sitting: Sunday Service, Weekday Morning Sits, and Book Club.

1. Sunday Service 
Hosted on Zoom by Genmyo or Darcy, begins Sunday, March 29, 9:00 am – 10:30 am.  The schedule will be:

9:00-9:25 sitting meditation
9:25-9:30 walking
9:30-9:55 sitting
9:55-10:00 walking
10:00 dharma talk by Genmyo
A chance to share thoughts or reflections with the group (optional) will follow the talk.

2. Weekday Morning Sits
These will begin Monday, March 30 and will be offered on Zoom Monday-Thursday 6:30 am – 7:30 am.  The meditation schedule will be:

6:30-6:55 am sitting
6:55-7:00 am walking
7:00-7:25 am sitting
A chance to share thoughts or reflections with the group (optional) will follow.

For both the Sunday and Morning sits, one can join the online meeting room before the first sit, or during the walking time(s), just as in our in-person zendo.  People may sit the first period, second period or both. 

3. Book Club
Anchorage Zen Community is also hosting a book club on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Our first book is Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki. All are welcome, even if you have not participated before. Please bring questions or comments to discuss.

July 23, Aug 13 and Aug 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm are the next scheduled meetings.

Sunday Service, Morning Sits, and Book Club will all be offered via Zoom.

Please call AZC at 907-563-4936 for the online Zoom meeting ID number.

We hope these meetings give a chance for folks to reconnect or to try out the group for the first time.  If you haven’t sat in-person before and have questions, please email zen@alaska-zen.org

Find our MeetUp here.

Online Sunday Service

Sun: 9:00-10:30AM

9:00-9:25 sitting meditation
9:25-9:30 walking
9:30-9:55 sitting
9:55-10:00 walking
10:00 dharma talk by Genmyo
A chance to share thoughts or reflections with the group (optional) will follow the talk.

Please call AZC at 907-563-4936 for the online Zoom meeting ID number.

On Aug 2, Dokusan will be offered.  On Aug 23 the dharma talk will be “bring a text to share.”  What is nourishing practice or provoking thoughtful questions of late?


Newcomer Instruction

TBD

If you are new to Zen Buddhism, please contact zen@alaska-zen.org or call AZC at 907-563-4936 


Dharma School

4th Sun: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Dharma school meets during the school year and is on hold for the time being.  Stay tuned for updates.  For more information on Dharma school for children, teens and families, click here.  


Book Club

2nd and 4th Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm

Anchorage Zen Community is hosting a book club every other Thursday.

Our first book is Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki. Here is our current reading: the first 3 sections of part 3: Right Understanding, Traditional Zen Spirit, Transiency, and the Quality of Being. If anyone has any points about Nirvana, the Waterfall, we are repeating that one as well.  Our next meetings will be Aug 13 and 27.

Please call AZC at 907-563-4936 for the online Zoom meeting ID number and password.


Weekend Sitting Intensive

August 7-9

Mountain Lamp Community in Washington state is holding Zazenkai: August 7-9, led by Genmyo’s Diamond Sangha teacher, Jack Duffy. Registration info below, and if you would like dokusan with Genmyo, please email genmyo@alaska-zen.org as well.

All times listed are SEATTLE time, so AK participants will join one hour earlier than listed. The detailed schedule for the Aug 7-9 retreat is:

Friday: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Saturday: 8:15am-9:10PM

Sunday: 8:15AM-5PM

Dokusan with Jack Duffy or Genmyo (AZC folks) will be offered to full-time participants who are committed to Silence for the entire weekend ie no e-mail, text, internet use, social conversation. If you would like dokusan, please register.

Registration: For those wanting dokusan with Jack or Genmyo, please send an email confirming your plan for full-time attendance to Shelly Farber farberscom@gmail.com. It would be helpful to receive part-time registration as well, though not required and all are welcome to attend at the last minute.

Zoom: A link will be sent to attendees prior to the weekend.

Dana: There will be no set fee for this retreat. We will ask for dana (donation as able) for the teaching.

Schedule:

Friday, Aug 7, 2020:

6:30pm introductions, instruction on retreat Zoom use
6:55pm be seated, audio/video off
7:00pm—zazen – sitting, kinhin – walking 7:25-7:35
8:35—zazen & dokusan (for full time), interviews
9:30—closing & 4 Infinite Vows

Saturday

8:15 Samu, cleaning your space
8:45 gather on zoom
8:55 be seated, audio/video off
9:00am—5 rememberances, zazen, kinhin
10:20 —sutras
11:00—zazen, dokusan, interviews, kinhin

12:30—lunch prep, video on for announcements, gathas (chants), off for meal
1:00pm opening meal gatha
1:20pm closing meal gatha

2:25 be seated
2:30—zazen, kinhin
3:05—Chant – on Opening the Dharma, teisho – Dharma talk
3:45—zazen, dokusan, interviews

5:00—supper prep, video on for announcements, gathas (chants), off for meal
5:30 pm opening meal gatha
5:50 pm closing meal gatha

6:55 be seated
7:00—zazen
7:25—kinhin
7:35—zazen, dokusan, interviews
9:10— Four Infinite Vows closing ceremony

Sunday (Same as Saturday until 5 PM)

 

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