Join the AZC Online Zendo

Welcome to AZC’s Online Zendo portal

Please read our general guidelines for forms & etiquette. To enter the Online Zendo for a particular block of time, click on the highlighted program Day-of-the-Week below. 

Please NOTE: Due to Zoom’s security measures, you may be asked for a password. If so, use “zazen“.

We appreciate your ongoing support!

AZC Online Zendo – Meditation Schedule  

Morning Program: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

6:00am           Zazen
6:35am           Kinhin
6:45am           Zazen
7:20am           Robe Chant, Hymn to the Perfection of Wisdom Chant
7:25am           Circle of Bows/Announcements

Midday (Noon Sit): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

12:00pm          Informal Zazen
12:30pm          Short Break
12:35pm          Informal Zazen
1:00pm            Midday program ends

Evening Program: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

5:40pm           Zazen
6:15pm           Refuges – in Pali
6:20pm           Circle of Bows/Announcements

Regular Group Meetings at AZC:

Saturday Morning Program

8:00am           Zazen-Kinhin-Zazen (Informal)    -OR-  Beginners’ Meditation Instruction
9:05am           Break
9:15am           Zazen (Formal)
9:50am           Circle of Bows/Announcements
10:00am         Dharma Talk
10:45am         Announcements/Virtual Tea & Cookies (Small Group Check-ins)
12:15pm         End Saturday Morning Program 

Note for Doans & Kokyos: You will enter the online zendo as any participant would, but remember to unmute yourself for bells, clacks, and chants.

Doan: for Zazen: 3 small bells to begin all periods of zazen. To end: 2 small bells if kinhin follows, or 1 small bell after the last period of zazen. For Kinhin – 1 clack to start, 1 to end. For Dharma Talk – STOP(◼), as speaker puts hands in gassho to begin and to end (for before & after lecture chant).

Links to Recordings (for doans to download and play at appropriate times):

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Regular ONLINE ZENDO Chants:

Robe Chant: (chant after zazen before morning service)

Dāi sāi ge dā puku
mu sō fuku dēn e
hi bu nyo rāi kyō
kō do sho shu jō (2x)

Great robe of liberation,
Field far beyond form and emptiness;
Wearing the Tathagata’s teaching,
Saving all beings

Hymn to the Perfection of Wisdom:

Homage to the Perfection of Wisdom, the lovely, the holy. The Perfection of Wisdom gives light. Unstained, the entire world cannot stain her. She is a source of light and from everyone in the triple world she removes darkness. Most excellent are her works. She brings light so that all fear and distress may be forsaken, and disperses the gloom and darkness of delusion. She herself is an organ of vision. She has a clear knowledge of the own-being of all dharmas, for she does not stray away from it. The Perfection of Wisdom of the buddhas sets in motion the wheel of dharma.

Refuges (in Pali):

Buddham saranam gacchami
Dhammam saranam gacchami
Sangham saranam gacchami

Dutiyampi buddham saranam gacchami
Dutiyampi dhammam saranam gacchami
Dutiyampi sangham saranam gacchami

Tatiyampi buddham saranam gacchami
Tatiyampi dhammam saranam gacchami
Tatiyampi sangham saranam gacchami

Ēnmēi Jūkku Kānnōn Gyō [7 Xs]: (Well-being ceremony on Wednesday eve)

Kan ze on
na mu butsu
yo butsu u in
yo butsu u en
bup po so en
jo raku ga jo
cho nen kan ze on
bo nen kan ze on
nen nen ju shin ki
nen nen fu ri shin