Greetings, and Happy New Year Everyone!
I’d like to announce that with the new year, we will be moving our regular meeting time to Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm, (instead of Saturday mornings), starting Monday, January 8th. The schedule will be the same with two 25 minute periods of zazen with kinhin in between, chanting practice, and a short talk and discussion. We are still meeting at the Stillpoint building in Lawrenceville (137 41st St.).
With the new day, we’ll be able to offer practice consistently every week of the month, (rather than skipping fourth Saturdays, as we have been). Hopefully the weekday evening will be convenient for more people.
I’m planning to structure the topics of our weekly talks into a series on basic Buddhist concepts, establishing a home practice, engaging with the tradition, and more—culminating in an opportunity to receive Jukai, and formally enter the Buddhist path as a layperson.
We will additionally be holding occasional Saturday practice sessions that will be a longer, half-day retreat style format. These will be announced as special events.
Looking back, it has been an amazing and precious year! I feel lucky to have met so many of you and had the chance to practice together. I look forward to seeing you in the coming year!