Great Wind is a lay Soto Zen practice community. We do not have a teacher and are not affiliated with any particular lineage. Our practice involves bowing at certain times; if you do not wish to bow simply remain standing. You do not have to be Buddhist to participate.
When you visit, use the alley to enter through the rear door of the building. It is well illuminated and easy to find.
When first entering the zendo, put your palms together, elbows spread apart so your forearms are almost parallel to the ground, and bow. This is "gassho". Walk to your cushion, bow to the cushion then turn and bow to the room. Quietly be seated on your cushion, facing the wall.
Three gong sounds signal the first period of Zazen. After the gong move as little as possible. Two gong sounds signal the beginning of Kinhin. If you wish to extend your Zazen period to 50 minutes you may remain seated for the duration of Kinhin. If you wish to participate in Kinhin, gassho, then get up slowly. Bow to your cushion, then stand in front of your seat facing the room and bow once everyone is ready. Hold hands in shashu (right hand encircling the left) to begin Kinhin.
At the sound of the bright bell bow and return to your seat at a low pace, bow to your cushion, then turn and bow to the Sangha. Be seated and resume sitting. Three gong sounds signal the next twenty minute period of zazen.
One gong sound signals the end of Zazen practice. When the period ends, gassho, then get up slowly. Stand in front of your seat, hands in gassho. Chant Four Vows, then bow to the Buddha, the Sangha and the Dharma (Three Treasures). This marks the end of the practice.
In addition to our weekly evening sessions, we also offer weekend practice once a month from 9:00 am to noon, and a day-long practice event in honor of Enlightenment Day. Although we strive to be open every week, please check with us ahead of time in cases of severe weather.
If your schedule does not permit you to remain for all periods of sitting, it is perfectly acceptable to join or depart between sitting periods, during kinhin. If you are uncomfortable with chanting you may remain silent during the chanting service.
THURSDAY EVENING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
6:30 pm: Doors open
7:00 pm: Zazen
7:20 pm: Kinhin
7:30 pm: Zazen
7:50 pm: Closing Chant
WEEKEND morning PRACTICE SCHEDULE
9:00 am- 11:50 Practice
Noon: Potluck lunch
We meet once a month on Sundays for practice with alternating periods of 20 minutes of Zazen and 10 minutes of Kinhin (seated and walking meditation). Meditators may remain seated during kinhin for an extended zazen period. Potluck at noon. Please check our events page for the next scheduled session and more detail.
ENLIGHTENMENT DAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE (december)
9:00 am-11:50 Practice
12:00 - 1:00 Potluck lunch
1:00 pm-4 pm Practice
Practice consists of alternating periods of 20 minutes of Zazen and 10 minutes of Kinhin (seated and walking meditation). Meditators may remain seated during kinhin for an extended zazen period. Potluck at noon. Please check our events page for the date and more detail.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
This group meets periodically at 7:00 p.m., please check our events page for the next discussion. Our selection varies from translations of ancient masters to modern Buddhist texts. Check Our Reading List for current and past selections.
Because we are a lay-led group, we do not have an ordained Dharma teacher. However, we can have meaningful and insightful discussions through careful study of literature and other media.
There is no cost for attending practice and donations ("Dana") are not required or expected. However, we are supported by your contributions and they will be greatly appreciated if you choose to make them. Dana helps offset the cost of meditation supplies and building maintenance.
Great Wind Zendo is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.