Monthly Practice

The zazen I speak of is not learning meditation. It is simply the dharma-gate of repose and bliss, the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment. It is the manifestation of ultimate reality. Traps and snares can never reach it. Once its heart is grasped, you are like a dragon gaining the water, like a tiger taking to the mountains.

Eihei Dōgen

Introduction to Practice at Seattle Soto Zen

On the first Sunday of every month, we offer a 30-45 minute introduction to meditation and Zen. This includes meditation instruction, posture suggestions, a summary of zendo etiquette, and a chance for you to ask questions. The sessions are conducted by one of our senior students. Sessions begin promptly at 8:30 AM and conclude in time for you to join our usual Sunday morning practice. No fee or registration required.

Well Being and Memorial Service

On the first Sunday of the month, our service takes the form of a Well-being and Memorial ceremony. This is a special service dedicated to those who are ill, disturbed or who otherwise need special love and compassion. We also honor the lives of those who have recently died. We will have a sign-up sheet for you to list the name(s) of those you wish to include in this special dedication. 

Service Position Training

On the second Sunday of the month, we hold a training session for the various positions in our Soto Zen liturgy: doan (bell ringer), kokyo (chant leader), tenken (time keeper) and jisha (attendant). This is a time to focus on the fine points of the liturgy. Everyone is welcome to participate in this hands-on training. Sessions begin promptly at 8:30 AM and conclude in time for you to join our usual Sunday morning practice. No fee or registration required.

Precept Reflection

Reconnecting with the precepts is an essential part of Soto Zen practice. We reflect on how a particular precept has operated in our lives, and then once again take up the way of following that precept. These monthly gatherings focus on individual precepts in an informal and intimate setting. Everyone is welcome to attend anytime it feels like a good thing to do. We meet at Jeff and Bonnie's house in south Seattle. There is no suggested donation and no need to register or RSVP.

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