Blue Mountain Zen Center of El Cerrito cordially announces the reopening of its Zendo to the community for in-house zazen, zazen instruction, and the Sunday program. Please note that on account of continuing the sangha's health and safety, only those who have been fully vaccinated can be physically present in the Zendo. However, online participation will still be made available upon request.
As of May 5, 2021, the Zendo will be open for zazen, Monday through Friday at 6:00 a.m to 7:00 a.m. to be followed by morning service. Zazen and short service will additionally be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 12:20 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:00 p.m. until 5:40 p.m. The zendo will be closed on Saturday but will reopen on Sunday beginning at 9:00 a.m. (See below for full description). If you would like to participate online please contact Denkei via text at 510-333-1644 one half hour prior to the start of zazen as indicated above. For those who will plan on sitting on a consistent basis, Denkei will be available for dokusan interviews online. The number above is Denkei's cell phone number and should only to be used 30 minutes before zazen to inform about your participation. At other times, please write Denkei at:
Warmly in the Dharma,
Blue Mountain Zen Center of El Cerrito
Weekday sittings be at 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. In the morning there will be a clunk at 6:40 for stretching or for anyone who may have to leave. The rest of us will continue to sit through to 7:00 a.m. and then do a short service.
Sunday sitting will begin at 9:00 a.m., with two periods, one of forty minutes, and one of thirty minutes, with kinhin in between, followed by a longer service. In the future we hope to offer a 6am-11am Sunday program including oryoki breakfast and work period.
Dharma Study Group
Currently the study group is concentrating on a bilingual Chinese/English version of Hui neng's Platform Sutra.
Denkei Raul Moncayo will offer zazen instruction as requested. Zazen instruction in Spanish will be offered during Wednesday afternoon zazen. All who want to polish their dharma Spanish are welcomed.