We will be closed for sesshin as follows:
- The evening of Friday, December 6
- Saturday, December 7
- Sunday, December 8
We’ll reopen on Monday, December 9, and we’ll stay open right through December, except for three days, when we’ll be closed:
- Tuesday, December 24
- Wednesday, December 25
- Thursday, December 26
We’ll reopen on Friday, December 27, morning and evening. Hope we get to see you if you have some time off. And we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve together from 8 pm – midnight; see here for more information.
Black Mountain at sunset, by Karolyn Cooper
“Moment after moment we should renew our life, we should not stick to old ideas of what life is, or what our way of life is. Especially at the end of the year we should completely renew our feelings and completely clean even our cars. If we always stick to old ideas and always repeat the same thing over and over again, then we are confined in our old way of life. Some excitement or some occasion is necessary to encourage us along.” – Suzuki Roshi
As the year winds down, join us in our year-end ceremony of traditional Soto Zen practices:
- Temple cleaning
- Toshikoshi noodles (symbolizing “year bridging”)
- Creating an intention to carry with you into 2020
- Two periods of sitting and walking zazen
- Ringing in the New Year with 108 bells (to ward off the 108 delusions of mind!)
8:00 pm – Bow-in together and work circle
9:00 – Vegetarian “year-bridging” noodles
9:45 – Sitting together around the table to write down our intention for the coming year
10:30 – Han begins for zazen
10:40 – Zazen
11:10 – Kinhin
11:25 – Zazen with 108 bells
12:00 – Year end, hugs, and celebration
Make this New Year’s Eve a joyful occasion of rededicating ourselves to practice, wisdom and compassion for all!
Come sit in stillness and presence amidst the raucous energy of the city. Program begins at 8 pm and lasts until after midnight.
Please let us know if you’re coming so we know how many people to plan for; email us here.
Suggested donation: £5 (No one turned away for lack of funds)
May all beings live with the joy of an open heart!