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“The buddhas’ great truth, when perfectly mastered, is liberation and is realization.” ~ Eihei Dogen, Zenki


Due to Covid constraints all Zazenkai sessions are currently conducted via the Zoom platform.

“Entering Winter,” Zazenkai

Sunday, November 13th, 2022 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

For the listener, who listens in the snow,

And, nothing himself, beholds

Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is

“The Snowman”, Wallace Stevens.

Zazenkai literally means “coming together for zazen” and consists of a daylong retreat devoted to practice, with Great Silence observed throughout the day. This is an opportunity to intensify and deepen practice and settle the mind in a supportive group setting through the experience of periods of uninterrupted meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a dharma talk or seminar, and service.

Join together and feel the energy of shared group practice with fellow Two Rivers Zen Community sangha members for Zazenkai on Sunday, November 13th, as we engage in entering the Winter Practice Period. The Zazenkai will be held exclusively via Zoom

This modified, day-long retreat dedicated to practice in the great silence created by the retreat environment and our group participation, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m., and will include Fellowship, Zazen, Kinhin (walking meditation), Service, Dharma Teaching, Q & A and Council. 

Zazenkai serves as an opportunity to engage in a deep study of the teachings. This day of study and practice is open to full-time participants exclusively. Your registration assumes your commitment to attend the full day.

Please respond via email to indicate that you will participate via Zoom and we will send you the information you’ll need to join the Zazenkai and relevant study materials. Participation is limited. Registration will be confirmed on a first respond basis.

This practice day is freely offered to all; however, donations in the spirit of dana are welcome.

  • Donations to Guiding Teacher, Seiso Roshi can be made by Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal to 
  • By Check or Money Order to: P.O. Box 58, Barre, VT, 05641
Additional Sessions To Be Announced


Initial Entry: 8:25 -8:55, At other times, during Kinhin (See schedule),

After lunch (12:55 – 1:00)

If you arrive before or after scheduled entry times, please practice zazen in the Zoom waiting room until you receive entry. 

This is a silent retreat, so, with the exception of fellowship time before the official start of the retreat (8:55 A.M.) please refrain from talking. Greet and /or acknowledge your fellow participants with a simple gassho.

Please mute your screen during zazen. If you turn off your video, please turn it back on after the end bell sounds and wait with hands in gassho until everyone is present and the Doan (Time-keeper) signals a brief bow.


8:25 Zendo Opens: Virtual Coffee, Tea & Fellowship

8:55 Zendo Entry Bell & Jundo (Silent greeting by Seiso Roshi)

Simply place hands in gassho.  Hold hands in gassho until Roshi faces screen and bows, then place your hands in the zazen position. (Left hand resting in the right palm with thumb tips lightly touching)

9:00 Zazen

9:40 Kinhin (Walking Meditation)

9:50 Zazen 

10:30 Morning Service: Formal Morning Service, Heart Sutra & Dedications. (During dedications please unmute and feel free to announce any names you wish. Please mute after the service 

11:00 Break

11:20 Zazen

11:50 Genzo-e Teaching

12:50 Lunch & Break

1:30 Zazen

2:00 Kinhin

2:10 Zazen

2:40 Q & A

3:40 Zazen

4:10 Counsel: This is an opportunity to share your Zazenkai experience.

4:30 Zendo Exit and Closing

  • Donations to Seiso Roshi can be made by Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal to 
  • By Check or Money Order to: P.O. Box 58, Barre, VT, 05641

  1. June Sidman permalink

    Yes, I will come to Zazenkai for full day on zoom.

    Thank you

    • Seiso Sensei permalink

      Your participation is confirmed. Details to follow soon

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