Samish Work Sesshin Tenken Schedule

Regular Schedule - Monday and Tuesday:

4:50 1 hit han, light small candle, 
5:00 ring wake-up bell, 2 hits han
5:15 light altar 
5:20 Ten Minute Han
5:30 Zazen (Ino does big bells w/prostrations; after jundo, you ring 3 bells with doshi's bows 
 (O at mat, O while bowing towards his/her cushion & O while bowing to sangha. Ring 2 bells to end zazen and signal kinhin )
6:00 Kinhin Strike clackers once to start kinhin. X   Some people exit to bathroom.
6:10 Strike clackers to end kinhin, walk back to your cushion and lead bow to sit.  
6:10 Zazen (ring 3 bells to begin. Ring 2 bells to end )
6:40 Kinhin
6:50 Zazen (ring 3 bells to begin. Ring 1 bell to end ) 
7:12 Light candles on side altars
7:15 Service (play makugyo for all chants in Japanese;  extinguish candles)
7:45 Breakfast, extinguish all candles before doing to dining hall, bells to close meal

9:08 light altar - large candle only
9:10 Ten Minute Han
9:20 Zazen (Ino does bells to start)
9:50 Kinhin 
10:00 Zazen
10:30 Kinhin  Light side altar candles for dharma talk.     
10:40 Dharma Talk (Ino does bells)
11:30 Kinhin (15 minutes) (Dharma talk may not end at 11:30. If so, alter time of kinhin and zazen so that service begins at 12:05)
11:45 Zazen
12:02 Light candles on side altars
12:05 Service (no makugyo)
12:20 Lunch, extinguish all candles before doing to dining hall, bells to close meal

1:40 Organizer's Mtg (Retreat Manager, Jisha, Ino, Registrar, Work Leader - dokusan waiting rm)
1:50 Ten Minute Han 
2:00 Work meeting
4:15 ring dining room railroad bell to signal to start cleaning up
4:30 End work (you don't have a lot of time to change!)

5:04 Light candles on side altars
5:05 Ten Minute Han 
5:15 Service (play makugyo for Dai Hi Shin Dharani) 
5:30 Dinner, extinguish all candles before doing to dining hall, bells to close meal

7:02 light altar - large candle only
7:05 Ten Minute Han 
7:15 Zazen (Ino does bells to start) 
7:45 Kinhin
7:55 Zazen 
8:25 Kinhin
8:35 Zazen
8:55 Refuges exit bells: one ring as doshi bows at end of chant (be ready),  ding, ding as doshi & jisha exit zendo area  
9:00 End of day - extinguish all candles
Approx 9:30 "Firewatch":  walk around the camp checking that common lights are out, candles are out in zendo, kitchen is safe, say goodnight to any camp staff you see - make sure all is peaceful. 

Wednesday - Final Day of Sesshin 

(all the same as above until)
1:50 Ten Minute Han 
2:00 Work meeting
4:00 ring dining room railroad bell to signal end camp work and switch to cabin cleaning
4:25 ring dining room railroad bell to signal end camp work and switch to cabin cleaning
4:30 End work (you don't have a lot of time to change!)

4:50 Ten Minute Han
5:00 Closing Ceremony 
5:30 Informal Dinner
6:30 Church Clean UP
7:00 Closing circle

Sunday - Beginning of Retreat

4:00 pm arrive, finish registration, settle into room, 
cushions to zendo, help set up
6:00 Trainings
6:50 Ten Minute Han
7:00 Orientation
8:00 Zazen (with reading of the Sesshin Admonitions by Ino)
8:30 Kinhin
9:00 Refuges Sit down during 3rd repeat to be ready to ring the exit bells: one ring as doshi bows at end of chant (be ready), 2nd ring as doshi & jisha exit zendo area
                      

Notes : 

Wake up bell:

  • one loud hit on han on way to zendo
  • wake-up bell should be under altar
  • light large candle at altar, three prostrations with bell to your side in front of bowing mat
  • walk around zendo counter-clockwise, ringing bell, loudly in each corner
  • snuff candle, leave zendo with bell
  • run around camp, right in front of doors of all occupied cabins and e-cabins ringing bell loudly and continually
  • after last cabin, stop ringing, walk (quickly but you can take a break from running) to han
  • two loud hits says end of wake up 
  • put bell back under altar in zendo

Zazen periods: 

  • Zazen always starts with 3 rings on the bell.
  • Bells to start zazen after a break or start of day ("opening the zendo") are coordinated with the priest offering incense:
  1. bows at mat after incense offering
  2. bows towards seat
  3. bows away from seat
  • If zazen is followed by kinhin it is ended with 2 rings on the bell.
  • If zazen is followed by anything else it is ended with 1 ring on the bell.
Oryoki Meals:
  • Ring a bell (inkin probably) to close the meal: Ino's final chant, Ino X X with clackers, you immediately O O with bell; doshi gets up for formal exit as usual: gassho bow O,  shashu bow O,   out the door O O 

Han: 

  • Han should be very loud. Go for it. Ear protections available.
  • If we have one: echo han player echoes you through the 2nd roll down

Lighting the Altar: 

  • Lighting the altar and snuffing candles when we leave is your job. Before services and talks you get up during zazen or come over during kinhin to light the altar so that it is already lit when you ring the bell for service.

Altar lighting procedures:

Before a zendo opening 
  • light large candle only
Before a Dharma Talk:
  • large candle already lit.
  • light Bodhisattva's candles on side altars
Before a service
  • large candle already lit.
  • light Bodhisattva's candles on side altars


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