Joining Us Online

Join us online

Physical distancing. Spiritual gathering.

While we have curtailed in-person events at SSZ during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to meet online.  Please join us.

Currently, we are offering our weekly practice sessions on Sunday and Tuesday.  Please watch this space for additional practice opportunities upcoming.

We use Zoom meetings (https://zoom.us) for our virtual sessions.

We have taken precautions to make our meetings safe and welcoming.  Most importantly, we do not provide the link to our meetings to the general public on our website.  To receive the link to join our sessions, please sign up for our newsletter, which you can do at the bottom of this page.  We send the link weekly to our subscribers.

Second, all of our meetings require a password to enter.  The password is embedded in the meeting link, so as long as you enter the meeting by clicking the link in our newsletter, you will not need to know it.

Finally, in the weeks we have held online sessions, we have never experienced anything but warmth and kindness from regulars and newcomers, alike.  Our hearts are open to whomever decides to join us.

All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Sunday morning schedule

Zazen 9:30 - 9:55
Break 9:55 - 10:00
Dharma talk 10:00 - 10:30
Q&A 10:30 - 10:40
Chant 10:40 - 10:50
Announcements 10:50 - 10:55
Virtual tea and cookies 10:55 - 11:10

Tuesday evening schedule

Zazen 6:15 - 6:40
Kinhin 6:40 - 6:50
Zazen 6:50 - 7:15
Bodhisattva Vows 7:15 - 7:20

Following along

We do some chanting in the service.  If you would like to follow along, please download our brief chants here.

Creating a quiet space

It's impossible to turn our homes into quiet zendos, but we can still keep the shared space that way.  Zoom allows us to mute our microphones, which keeps our shared space quiet.  There's a button for this in the lower left.  Please leave it muted while not speaking.

Facing in, facing out

When we are "facing in" for the dharma talk or when settling in before the bell, it brings us closer together to see your face.  When we "turn to the wall" for zazen, some of our practitioners point their cameras at neutral spaces, shrines or flowers.  When the bell rings to end the session, retraining the camera on yourself to "face in" closes the circle of community.

See and be seen

Laptop webcams work best when your face is lighted but the background isn't.  A light behind your laptop and no windows in view of the camera will help us connect with you much better.  If you aren't seeing everyone in the zendo, double-check that your session is in "gallery mode," which you will find in the upper right.

Sitting in the virtual zendo

For the tinkerers among you, Zoom also allows us to create a virtual background on some computers.  This makes your room private so people can walk behind you and they won't be seen on camera.  You can set the background in the video settings.  If we use the following image, it will put us right inside our zendo.  You can save it from this page.

Virtual Practice Discussion

Kanshin Allison is offering virtual one-on-one practice discussions.  You may schedule a session with her at our practice sessions.

Please join us for tea and cookies

After the dharma talk, we stay online for BYO "tea and cookies."  Regular visitors to our Zendo gather after service to socialize for awhile.  It's a good thing social distancing only applies to the body.  Feel welcome to bring your mind and spirit and stay with us, awhile.