Bright Way Zen’s COVID-19 Measures

Online Practice

Bright Way Zen offers a full schedule of practice online. Events taking place in our physical Zendo (Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, and our One-Day Retreats) are set up for full Zoom (online) participation.

 

Zendo Practice

We have resumed limited in-person meetings at our physical Zendo. Participation is limited for COVID safety, for the sake of our older members and those with underlying health conditions, as well as to minimize our Sangha’s contribution to the spread of COVID in the wider community. See the Zendo participation requirements below.

 

Requirements for In-person Participation at Our Physical Zendo at this Time

  • In-person participation is currently limited to 16 fully vaccinated people, fully masked. If there ends up being a high demand for in-person attendance, we’ll start a sign-up process or consider increasing capacity. For the most up-to-date information, please check this page.
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination by submitting their vaccination card via this form, or showing it to the greeter at the door. Once you have shared your proof of vaccination, you’ll be on our “All Clear” list and won’t have to do so again. We are not making exceptions to the vaccination requirements at this time. If you are not vaccinated, please join us online!
  • At least for the time being, participants must wear a mask throughout the event. Masks must cover nose and mouth, and be well-fitting (if you have to keep touching your mask to pull it up, it’s not working correctly). We will have new KN-95 masks available for those who need them.
  • DO NOT come to the zendo if you have any cold or flu like symptoms, EVEN IF YOU HAVE HAD A NEGATIVE TEST. Anyone with any symptoms should stay home and join via Zoom.
  • NOTIFY US (info@brightwayzen.org) if you or someone close to you is diagnosed with COVID-19 and you have been to the zendo within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. (Let us know anyway, because we care!)

 

Other COVID Precautions at the Zendo

Our zendo can accommodate 35 in normal times but for the time being attendance is capped at 16 (including teacher and staff) and meditation seats are well spaced. There will be air purifiers in the zendo for when we can’t leave the windows open.

Chanting services have been adapted to avoid loud chanting in the Zendo. We will listen to recordings and chant along quietly, or the chanting will be hosted by someone on Zoom, or chants will be recited instead of vocalized as a chant.

There will be no tea or snacks served at this time. Ideally, bring your own water if you need it, although we will have water and disposable/biodegradable cups available for those who need them.

Stay tuned to this page for updates!

 

Online Options

Anyone is welcome to join our practice via Zoom. Stay healthy and safe, and looking forward to seeing you in person!

 

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