Schedule of Meditation & Annual Events

(also see Calendar )

Sunday Morning Meditation (April-Dec)

9 :00 am Sitting meditation

9:30 Stretch break

9:35 Sitting meditation

10:00 Walking meditation

10:00 Talk or reading & discussion

10:20 Chanting

10:30 Introductions & Tea on the Porch

The sangha member leading the meditation for the morning will be at the Zendo at 8:45 am to offer instruction or to help anyone who is coming for the first time. You are welcome to come and go on the half hour. Beginners without prior meditation experience are always welcome.

Anyone sitting in the Zendo must wear a mask and be fully vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption and are testing regularly. The cushions and chairs are spaced 6 feet apart and some windows are open for ventilation. Please dress accordingly as the Zendo may be cool.

We have traditional cushions, kneeling benches, and chairs available. You may bring your own cushion or bench if you prefer. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please e-mail beforehand if you have questions. There is no fee for attendance at the regular weekly meditation periods. Donations, however, are always appreciated.

Welcome to the Zendo

Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

Four Great Vows & Three Refuges

Jiki schedule (not public)

Please see the calendar for other meditation times, special events, and retreats.

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Retreats are planned throughout the year and you will find information on the Retreats & Workshops page.

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May 1, 2022 Buddha's Birthday celebration will be simplified this year.

Meditation 9-10 am

10-10:30 Ceremony, tea, and cake at the Meeting Hall porch

Buddha's Birthday is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, beginning with an hour of silent meditation in the Zendo 10-11 am, and a simultaneous gathering for children in the Meeting Hall. At 11 am we all gather in the Meeting Hall for a ceremony and celebration. This festival is a time for children to feel especially welcome at the Zendo.

A Memorial Service, held annually on the first Sunday in November, takes place at 10:00 am in the apple orchard below the meeting hall, followed by planting spring bulbs and then gathering in the meeting hall for tea and apple cakes. The short service is in remembrance of those who have passed away during the previous year or at anytime. Families are welcome.

Rohatsu is the celebration of Buddha's enlightenment and our own effort toward clarity and compassion in our own lives. It will begin December 1, 7-8 pm. Meditation periods will continue through the week 7-8 am and 7-8 pm daily, ending on the morning of December 8 with meditation 7-8 am. Each meditation period consists of two 25-minute periods of meditation with a short break on the half hour. On Sunday there will also be meditation 9-10:30 am.

Anyone is welcome to participate anytime. Additionally, sangha members may sit during the day on their own schedule and may sleep in the zendo overnight. Please email info@morganbayzendo.org if you plan to do either.

The New Year's Day celebration is an annual Zendo event that gathers families, members and friends for meditation 10-11 am in the Zendo followed by a potluck brunch in the Meeting Hall, with fruit and beverages provided. Bring some food to share if you like as well as your own bowl or plate and utensils. Please join us in celebrating the New Year. Children are particularly welcome.

The Zendo is closed from the end of Rohatsu on December 8 until the New Year's Day celebration on January 1. Sunday meditation resumes in April. Please check the website and calendar for details.

The Morgan Bay Zendo

532 Morgan Bay Road

Surry, Maine 04684

info@morganbayzendo.org

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