Sunday, September 2, 2012

Open Gate Ordination Weekend

On Saturday September 29th, we will be welcoming three new members into the Order of the Boundless Way.  Three long standing sangha members; Hernán Massau, Sean Harrington and Maitri Sojourner will each receive the “Robe and Bowl” along with their official recognition and Dharma names. In addition to the Ordination ceremony, Saturday’s events will include a morning precepts ceremony, potluck lunch and a Zazenkai.

Sunday’s plans include a trip to Clouds and Water Hermitage and some “fun time” on the island. Many of the volunteers who have worked on the island have never had a chance to go hiking or walking on the beach, so this trip is intended to be more casual than our volunteer work days. However, for those who might rather work, there is certainly plenty to do.

Food stuffs will mostly be up to individuals both days, with the potluck lunch on Saturday and “pack your own” lunch for the island trip on Sunday. Remember, the island is primitive so be prepared accordingly. We do have a shiny new “privy” but otherwise there are no services or utilities available. Ferry fees are $21 for each car and driver and $6 for each passenger.

Ordination Zazenkai Schedule

7:15-Arrive for morning practice.
7:30-8:00 One period of Zazen
8:00-8:05 Incense Ceremony
8:05-9:00 Casual Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Samu- Clean Kitchen & Zendo
9:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
9:30-10:00 One period of Zazen.
10:00-10:45 Precepts Ceremony.
10:45-11:00 Short Break
11:00-12:00 Ordination Ceremony
12:00- 1:00 Potluck Lunch
1:00-1:15 Kitchen cleanup
1:15- Call to Zazen (Han roll)
1:30-2:45 Two periods of Zazen alternated with Kinhin
2:45-3:00 Short Break
3:00-3:55 Tea Ceremony, Teisho/Group Discussion
3:55-Closing ceremony
4:00-Konsho (striking the evening bell)

Sunday Trip Schedule

9:00- Leave Open Gate for ferry dock.
10:00- Board Ferry
10:30- Arrive at Clouds and Water Hermitage.
10:30-12:30 Tour of Hermitage and neighboring properties.
12:30- 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch
1:30- 5:00 Free time to explore island.
5:30- Depart Clouds and Water and return to Ferry dock
6:00- Board Ferry
7:00- Return to Open Gate


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