June at-home retreat: Hosshin and Hoko were in the zendo for the three days of the retreat, with about a dozen other practitioners participating from home over the course of the event. Okumura Roshi gave the Sunday dharma talk at the end of the retreat; that recording is available here. The next at-home retreat is set for July.
July at-home retreat: Join us virtually for three days of practice in the style of our sesshin, a retreat devoted simply to sitting zazen. Sanshin leaders will be in the zendo maintaining the schedule and carrying out the activities of a standard sesshin day at Sanshin. You are welcome to connect via Zoom and follow along at home for as much of the day as you like. The sangha will arrive for the final zazen period and the retreat will officially end just prior to the regular Sunday dharma talk; you are welcome to attend that talk if you choose. Visit this page for complete information and to register.
Belgian sangha offers meditation for adults with autism: Mokusho DePreay reports that Centre Shikantaza will offer twice-monthly online meditation sessions for autistic adults. More information about the genesis of the project and the links between autism and meditation are on the sangha's website.
Antaiji-style sesshin in Minnesota: Shodo Spring notes, "We'll be sitting in silence here beginning Thursday evening June 17 and ending Tuesday afternoon. If there are people who would like to join us for partial sitting, we invite them to online orientation. The sesshin as a whole will not be online. The plan is for a small group (up to 5). The zendo is cool and the sleeping rooms are cool. We'll ask people to be vaccinated or have a recent covid test; it's a conversation with each person individually." For more information and to register, visit the Mountains and Waters Alliance website.
Jukai in Colombia: Remaining mindful of public health protocols, Densho Quintero gave the precepts to 11 recipients at the Soto Zen Community of Colombia. A videorecording of the ceremony is available here.
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