We will hold a memorial service in the zendō at Issan-ji for Rev. Blanche, who passed away last Friday morning. The service will take place at 6:40pm, following the 6pm period of seated meditation. Everyone is welcome.
This Saturday, the regular Dharma talk will be given by our Tantō (Prior), Tanzen David Bullock. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please also feel free to come for seated meditation (J. zazen) beforehand at 9:25, and stay afterwards for tea and cookies in the living room.
Tomorrow, 28 April, we will likely be closed through the morning schedule. All are agreed hereabouts that it is undesirable to announce Dharma practice events and then not have them, but we are so short of hands for the next week that it is likely unavoidable. We truly apologize for this inconvenience. Evening zazen, however, will take place as usual at 6pm, followed by study hour at 7:30.
This coming Monday, 25 April, is the last Monday of the month, so we’ll allow the residents a bit more sleep and forego the usual morning practice schedule. However, there WILL be 6 p.m. zazen Monday as usual, so please join us.
This week, the Saturday Dharma talk at 10:15 will be given by Rev. David, a long-time practitioner and an ordained disciple of our founding Abbot, Rev. Issan Dorsey. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Our Sangha council will meet again this Friday, with facilitation provided by Rev. Dr. Steven Tierney. All Sangha members are invited to attend and bring their concerns for discussion. Any topics brought up in council are considered confidential and are not shared outside of council meetings. Meeting will conclude by 9 p.m.
Please join us for our annual celebration of Buddha’s Birthday this coming Saturday. There’ll be zazen (seated meditation) a little earlier than usual for Saturday, at 6:00 a.m., walking meditation at 6:40 a.m., and a shorter sitting at 6:50 a.m. followed by morning chanting at 7:20. A simple breakfast will then be taken semi-formally in our dining room, but please note that you must sign up ahead-of-time if you want breakfast (415-863-2507, firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be the usual period of sitting at 9:25 a.m., and the Dharma talk at 10:15, after which we’ll walk-and-sit until about 11:40, when we’ll have the ceremony of Bathing the Baby Buddha. Then we’ll have refreshments for all upstairs in the living room. Everyone is welcome. Donations are always appreciated and very much needed, but don’t let that stop you from attending if you’re not in a position to donate right now. Happy Buddha’s Birthday to all!
Cesar Chavez Day is a national holiday, so there will NOT be a
morning sitting on Thursday 31 March. The evening sitting will take place at 6pm as usual, followed by study hour at 7:30pm.
We will be holding a simple memorial service for our longtime friend, Rev. Shunko Michael Jamvold, who died of pneumonia this past week in Japan, where he had been living for many years. The service will take place on Friday, 5 February, immediately after the evening period of meditation, which ends at 6:40 p.m. All are welcome.
Though ye are not many, ye who join us for morning sitting during the week, those of you who do, please note: We’ve selected the last Monday morning of each month as a time to be closed, with regular sitting resuming at 6 p.m. that evening. Initially, we had tried having this the case for months with no national holiday, but having the same arrangement for each month turns out to be less confusing for people. Thank you always for your ongoing support of our temple and its community.