I thought I might give everyone some advance notice about our planned sesshin, which is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, to Sunday, Sept. 26. Because these are not normal times, this will not be a traditional sesshin. But I think the schedule promises a wonderful opportunity to extend time on the cushion and deepen the practice.
* Roshi Lawson Sachter is not coming down from Windhorse, but will give Teisho and Dokusan via video link on Friday and Saturday.
* The Center will not be providing meals. Participants must bring whatever they want to eat throughout their attendance. We have a fully stocked kitchen with dishes, cups, glasses and cutlery, and a stove, refrigerator, oven and microwave. Water and tea will be available.
* No one will be able to stay overnight unless prior arrangement can be made and is approved.
* The hourly schedule and details look like this (but are, of course, subject to change):
– Thursday: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Three rounds of zazen. Arrive by 6:15 p.m.
– Friday and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p,m. Zazen, chanting, Teisho and Dokusan each day. Arrive at 8 a.m.
– Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Three rounds of zazen. Arrive by 9:15 a.m.
* Work, meal and rest periods will round out the daily schedule.
* The keisaku will be used Friday and Saturday.
* The wearing of masks, whether vaccinated or not, is recommended and social distancing will be practiced.
* People are encouraged to commit to the full weekend, but partial attendance is OK if arranged beforehand.
* The suggested donation is $25 per day for non-members and $20 per day for members.