All meetings and events are open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Please note that all event times are listed in Pacific Standard Time. Join us!
All events are listed as occurring online through 2021, but we hope to begin meeting in person again by the summer.
After we start meeting in person we will continue to offer the opportunity to join our regular practice events virtually.
One-Day Retreat – ONLINE
May 1 @ 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
One event on August 22, 2020 at 8:30 am
One event on September 26, 2020 at 8:30 am
One event on October 24, 2020 at 8:30 am
One event on January 23, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on April 3, 2021 at 8:30 am
One event on May 1, 2021 at 8:30 am
A Zen retreat can be a life-changing experience. At a retreat we pay mindful attention throughout the day to our meditation, our breath, chanting, silent work, and a silent meal. We slow down, but in the midst of discipline, our minds and bodies have a chance to catch up with each other.
Bright Way Zen holds one-day retreats several times a year. Please visit the Event Calendar for more information on them.Due to the coronavirus, all of Bright Way Zen’s practice is online for the time being. This One-Day Retreat is designed for you to do at home, joining with others on Zoom video for the communal parts of the schedule. Click this button for how to connect with us via Zoom.
- Feel free to join us for any part of the schedule.
- To help you stay committed to the retreat container, register for the retreat (form below) and use the text field to describe how you will participate.
Online Retreat Schedule – Click Here for a Printable Copy
If you live alone or your family members/housemates are agreeable, consider maintaining silence throughout the retreat schedule.
It is also highly recommended you take yourself “offline” for the duration – no computer use, no social or mass media, and put your phone on airplane mode or turn it off.
Communal Practice on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/7225328943, Meeting ID: 722-532-8943, email us for the password)
8:30am …….Zazen (seated meditation)
8:55 …………Kinhin (slow walking meditation) – walk slowly, one half-footstep per breath, back and forth between two points.
9:30 …………Chanting Service – click here for a copy of the chanting service you can print. (Chant along, but keep yourself muted; it doesn’t work to chant together on Zoom)
10:00 ……….Break – maintain silence and mindfulness as you take care of yourself and your responsibilities
10:15 ……….Silent Work – choose something simple, physical, and restorative to do, like cleaning, sewing, gardening. Also take this time to prepare your lunch. Set a timer for yourself so you can work without looking at the clock. When the timer goes off, immediately stop your work and clean up.
11:15 ……….End Work/Break – give yourself time to wrap up/clean up your work and prepare yourself mentally and physically for zazen
Communal Practice on Zoom
12:40 ……….End Zazen/Meal Prep – go get your lunch, come back and sit down, wait in silence for meal chant to begin.
12:45 ……….Silent Formal Lunch – click here for a copy of our meal chant you can print. (Chant along, but keep yourself muted)
1:15 …………Rest period – spend this time doing something very quiet and relaxing – take a nap or a leisurely walk, read some Dharma material, or just sit in the sun (or listen to the rain).
Communal Practice on Zoom
2:15 …………Afternoon Recitation – click here for a copy of the afternoon recitation, Fukanzazengi.(Chant along, but keep yourself muted)
3:30 …………Retreat Closing
3:45 …………Retreat Ends
Minimum suggested contribution for a one-day retreat online is $15, but we will not turn anyone away for lack of funds, so please pay what you can (according to our Suggestion Contribution policy). If you only attend part of the day, donate as you feel is appropriate. On the other hand, we’re still paying rent during the coronavirus lockdown, so a donation of $25 (our usual suggested contribution for One-Day retreats at the Zendo) would be much appreciated!
Submit registration below. If you are able to stop by on the day-of, however, please feel welcome to join us without prior notice.
Paypal link for retreat if you would like to pay ahead of time:
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.