One Day Sesshin (two talks) - Ino Schedule

One Day Sesshin Ino's Schedule

6:00am zazen (opening with robe chant, early morning bells, and priest's jundo) Sangha sits facing in: announce as needed.

(Ino or Doan does big bells w/prostrations,  tenken does 3 bells with doshi after jundo)

6:25am kinhin 
Before tenken starts kinhin make general announcements about sesshin, or do some of these later:
* quiet day, no talking or reading or writing please
* just eat the food offered in oryoki and tea/coffee and snacks will be available downstairs during breaks
* use your breaks well for resting (library or downstairs) or quiet walks, best to skip the farmer's market or coffee shops
* everyone participates fully in the schedule as best they can, if you need to modify the schedule see (or leave a note for) the Ino
* never enter or exit the zendo during zazen - okay to use the bathrooms during kinhin: leave right after the clackers sound to start walking
* if you need to communicate with someone in the sesshin it's preferred to leave them a note in the lobby.
* dana - we are doing regular Zen retreats and sesshin on a dana basis for the teachers. The registration all goes to the sangha for expenses. There are boxes on the green table for dana for the teachers and you can leave dana at any time in a labeled envelope in the mail slot in the lobby.
* registration - there will be an opportunity to complete registration during the break after breakfast.

* practice discussion - the teachers (list who) giving practice discussion will come and get you during zazen. Sign up on the clipboard in the lobby.

6:35am zazen (Sangha sits facing the wall again, announce as needed).

7:00am kinhin

7:10am zazen

7:40am service (Heart Sutra, Enmei Jukku, Merging of Difference and Unity) (Announce "Prepare for service" Make sure doanryo is ready and sangha has chant books.)

8:00am soji (after service exit to lobby for job assignments by workleader)

8:15am oryoki breakfast (Need clackers and do all signals and chant leading during the meal, a copy of the meal chant is annotated)

8:55am break (Announce when zazen starts. This break is a brief one. Be available to people with questions - in the lobby or the library?)


9:30am zazen

10:00am kinhin

10:10am zazen

10:40am kinhin

10:50am Dharma Talk (Announce: "Prepare for Dharma Talk." Need a medium sized bell from doan or tenken: no bells for bows, stop to start chant before talk, stop to start chant at end of talk, during bodhisattva bows a ring at the end of each line and a roll down during the last line and continuing until the bows after. Ring with the bows after the talk. There is a sheet with this diagrammed.)

11:40am kinhin

11:50am zazen (20 min)

12:10pm service (Metta Sutta) (Announce "Prepare for service" Make sure doanryo is ready and sangha has chant books.)

12:20 oryoki lunch (as breakfast - need clackers and Ino's meal chant card. Lead the meal.)

1:00 break (Announce when zazen starts. lunch cleanup, two volunteers to kitchen)


2:00 zazen

2:30 kinhin

2:40 zazen

3:10 kinhin

3:20 Dharma Talk (Announce: "Prepare for Dharma Talk." Need a medium sized bell from doan or tenken: no bells for bows, stop to start chant before talk, stop to start chant at end of talk, during bodhisattva bows a ring at the end of each line and a roll down during the last line and continuing until the bows after. Ring with the bows after the talk. There is a sheet with this diagrammed.)

4:10 kinhin

4:20 zazen

4:50 kinhin

5:00 service (Dai Hi Shin Dharani) (Announce "Prepare for service" Make sure doanryo is ready and sangha has chant books.)

5:10 oryoki dinner

5:50 break (Announce when zazen starts. dinner cleanup, two volunteers to kitchen)


7:00 zazen

7:30 kinhin

7:40 Encouraging Words (no bells, announce "Please sit at your places facing in for the Encouraging Words talk")

8:10 kinhin

8:20 zazen 

8:50 refuges 

9:00 end of day (lead final circle in the lobby as with usual sits. Thank people for coming.)

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