Our half-day zazenkai (mini Zen retreat) in Madison concluded this past Sunday afternoon with eleven participants. After the opening tea ceremony at 8am, our practice schedule
included zazen, dokusan, breath/internal energy cultivation exercises,
and chanting. I gave instruction regarding how to use body and breath
when chanting to activate the function of okyo, dharani and mantra. We
finished with more zazen and a final tea at 1pm, after which we had a
wonderful brunch nearby. The ordained folks reconvened for a few hours
after that, to review aspects of kuyo (ceremony).
Many thanks to all who
joined together to support one another in practice! The next zazenkai
in Madison is in March, and we'll have an overnight zazenkai at Korinji
in May, followed by our long sesshin in June. Our full event schedule may always be seen at www.korinji.org.