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When, just as they are,

White dewdrops gather

On the scarlet maple leaves,

Regards the scarlet beads


“Continuous practice that actualizes itself is no other than your continuous practice right now. …your continuous practice of this day is a seed of all buddhas and the practice of all buddhas.” —Master Eihei Dogen

Fall Practice Period Zazenkai Both Zendo and Zoom Participation October 24, 2021, 9:00 – 4:00

Join together and feel the energy of shared group practice with fellow Two Rivers Zen Community sangha members for Zazenkai on Sunday, August 1st as we enter the Late Summer Practice Period. The Zazenkai will be held at the Two Rivers Zendo at 76 Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY and streamed live 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 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., and will include zazen practice, kinhin (walking meditation), a dharma talk, and a service.  

A small group will be practicing in the zendo, maintaining the spirit of whole-hearted energy, communal practices and carrying out scheduled Zazenkai activities. Maximum live participation is limited to six.  Simply respond via email to reserve a spot.

Zooming Zazenkai fortuitously opens the space for many more to participate.  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.

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

Additional Sessions To Be Announced

Full & Half Day Meditation Retreats

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.
Please note: due to Covid restrictions the in-person retreat is limited to full time participation only

Schedule & Zazenkai Procedures for Zoom Attendees:

Please enter and/or leave only at the designated times:

Initial Entry: 9:00 -9:25, At other times, during Kinhin (See schedule),

After lunch (12:55 – 1:00)

If you arrive before or after scheduled entry times, please sit in the Zoom waiting room until you receive entry. If you have to leave, please wait for the zazen period end after the sangha gassho following the ending bell.

This is a silent retreat, so, with the exception of fellowship time before the official start of the retreat (9:15-9:29) 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.


9:00 Zendo Opens: Coffee & Tea & Fellowship

9:25 Zendo Entry Bell & Jundo (Silent greeting by Sensei)

Simply place hands in gassho until Sensei passes you then place hands in the zazen posture, no need to bow. For Zoom participants, simply hold hands in gassho until

Sensei faces screen and bows, then place your hands in the zazen position.

9:30 Zazen

10:00 Kinhin (Walking Meditation)

10:10 Zazen

10:40 Morning Service & Break

Formal Morning Service & Heart Sutra. During dedications. Zoom attendees, please unmute and feel free to announce any names you wish. (Please mute after the service)

11:00 Zazen

11:30 Dharma Talk

12:15 Lunch [In-person Sangha: We will not be dining communally, so please bring a bag lunch]

12:45 Zazen

1:15 Kinhin

1:20 Zazen

1:50 Q & A

2:30 Tea Break

2:50 Zazen

3:20 Kinhin

3:30 Counsel: This is an opportunity to share your Zazenkai experience.

4:00 Zendo Exit and Closing

Two Rivers Zen Community
76 Main St., Narrowsburg, N.Y.
Mailing Address: TRZC, 3 Hilltop Road, P.O. Box 35, Tyler Hill, PA, 18469
  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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