Mar 162020

Dear Sangha Friends:

We have put our First and Third Saturday morning sangha meetings on hold until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Saturday meetings will now occur online, via Zoom videoconferencing. We will also similarly offer online meditation and open discussion, on Second and Fourth Saturdays. If you are already on our sangha listserv and have received previous email messages from the sangha, you will receive information each Tuesday before a Saturday meeting, giving instructions on how to connect with the online sangha meeting. If you are not on the sangha listserv, but would like to receive these emails, please request to be added through the “contact us” feature of this website.

I will also continue to provide bimonthly (First and Third Saturday) dharma talk recordings as well as other virtual supports for our sangha practice. So, the rest of this message is to give you information on where to find those dharma talks and other material.

After each dharma talk, a recording of the talk will be uploaded to the “Dharma Talks” page of our sangha website. From the home page of this sangha website (where you are now reading this notice), at , move your cursor on the horizontal menu bar and click on “Resources.” This will pull down a sub-menu. From this sub-menu, click on “Dharma Talks.” Then, scroll down to the section labeled “Dharma Talks from 2020,” and click on the recording (organized by talk date and title). As you will see, you can also listen to any of the previous dharma talks given during our regular Saturday sangha meetings and some visiting teacher retreats, as well as video recordings of a few non-sangha talks I have given. Also note that on the “Resources” pull-down on the homepage menu bar, you will find sitting and walking meditation instructions, and the chants that we do at our regular meetings. You can use these resources to help in maintaining your at home meditation practice. The “Resources” portion of our sangha website also provides a “Getting Started” section in which I have provided an annotated listing of Zen and other Buddhist books that you might find useful in supporting your practice.

May you all be safe and free from suffering. Please care for your health and that of others by observing all Centers for Disease Control and other governmental instructions and recommendations during this pandemic.

Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak