We are so excited to be back at the dojo and planning a new slate of programming for the next few months. As we decide on the final components of the calendar, I wanted to raise your attention to one event and a new piece of programming here at Monju. Mark your calendars for February 2 when we will have our first zazenkai (half-day of zen) of the year. Zazen will start at 2pm and end at 6pm. Further details to come. If you are interested in participating, please send us a notification. There is a suggested donation of $15 for the zazenkai.
Additionally, we have instituted a monthly sangha meeting every 3rd Sunday of each month (unless otherwise planned). Our first meeting will be tomorrow (Feb 19) right after zazen ends. In this meeting, we will discuss the calendar as we make final decisions on the events and dates, some of the agenda items for this year (our Deshimaru translation project, our sewing practice, and practice sessions), and an open discussion about zen practice. I hope you will join us for zazen and for your sangha meeting. It is an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and to talk about the ways Monju as a sangha can thrive for the year and beyond.
As always, doors open tomorrow (Sunday) at 3:30 pm with zazen beginning at 4pm. Looking forward to sitting with you!
With hands palm to palm,