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Spring Sesshin at Santa Sabina: On Zoom
March 28 - April 3
Registration for Zoom sesshin is now closed
The first annual EDZ Spring Sesshin, being held in person at the Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, will also be offered online via Zoom. There will be limited but warm support for Zoom participants. All in-person places are taken.
Led by Zoketsu Norman Fischer, sesshin will start at 5:00 pm Monday, March 28th, and end at noon Sunday, April 3, 2022. Since this sesshin is not part of a practice period, there will not be a shuso.
This sesshin marks a shift in the Everyday Zen Bay Area annual schedule: Going forward, our annual Practice Period and sesshin will be held in the winter-spring instead of in the fall, in the interests of avoiding disruptions during high fire season here in the Bay Area. Watch for more information about this later in the year.
To join the sesshin on Zoom, please register in advance using the Register button above. Registration for Zoom participation will close on Saturday, March 26 at 6 pm (PT).
Sesshin is an intense silent retreat different from our monthly one-day sittings. Please review Norman’s Notes on Sesshin, adapted for Zoom (hybrid), for further guidelines on joining sesshin on Zoom with Everyday Zen.
While there is no formal application for Zoom participants, we ask that you make a plan in advance for your participation, especially including a schedule. Please do not not drop in and out but instead plan to attend according to a schedule that works for you. Partial day participation is welcome — for example, mornings and/or evenings. We encourage you to join every day, if possible.
Whether you will be participating full time or on a part-time schedule, please also consider how you might extend the intention and container of sesshin to the rest of your days. As with any sesshin, in joining the sangha for this sesshin, even on Zoom, you are making a commitment to follow the schedule and the guidelines of the Inos.
For Zoom participants, there will be a static camera in the zendo at Santa Sabina from the start of morning zazen each day through the Pali Refuges at the end of each evening. Norman’s dharma talks and services will also be streamed live. Unlike the Zoom sesshin last fall, Zoom participants will not have ‘front row’ seats to the talks and services but will be participating at a remove; the zendo at Santa Sabina will be the focus and center of activity.
The Daily Schedule is still being finalized but will be the similar to this draft Sesshin Schedule. Whether or not practice discussion will be offered to Zoom participants is still under discussion. For dokusan, priority will be given to in-person attendees; it is unlikely that Norman will be able to see Zoom participants.
Fees and Dana
The suggested donation for sesshin is $100.
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