City Cave Zen

virtualzendo

by Dogo

When the pandemic took hold, our sangha decided to try holding meetings online, to meditate, chant and discuss the Dharma in a way that would be as similar to physical meetings as we could make it. We decided to use Jitsi Meet, an open source and ethical application (no tracking or mining of user's data) that works across multiple platforms, and does not require you to have an account to use the service — just the app or a web link.

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Dogo Graham and daishin stephenson in Zen monk robes with tower block and blue sky in background Photo: Chris Leslie

Hanko stamp, kanji for Dogo Nanshin Sensei Dogo is from Maryhill, Glasgow, and has practiced Zen Buddhism for three decades. He lived in the US for 22 years, and served for six years as the Abbot of The Sitting Frog Zen Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. He moved back to Glasgow in 2017, following the election of Donald Trump, and once again lives in Maryhill.

He is also an author and poet, under the pen name Barry Graham. His books on Zen practice are Kill Your Self: Life After Ego and Nothing Extra: Notes on the Zen Life. His poems are published regularly on Buddhistdoor.

hanko stamp, kanji for daishin shinji sensei daishin is American by birth and Scottish by choice. She is a Zen Buddhist monk, photographer, video artist, painter, poet and gardener. She is the author of from outside into the cave, and her poetry is published on Buddhistdoor. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, her home is now Maryhill, Glasgow.

daishin and Dogo are married to each other.

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We are a small, independent, nondenominational Zen Buddhist sangha based in Glasgow, but practicing internationally, with members currently in Scotland, England, France, Italy, and various American states. Our practice is zazen, which means “sitting in meditation.” We think of our practice as “Zen for real life,” for people who don't have the leisure to go on lengthy retreats. Because of COVID-19, our meetings are currently online only, with the occasional outdoors meditation in Glasgow.

All are welcome at our weekly meetings. There is no financial charge to take part, though donations are gratefully accepted.

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City Cave Zen has meetings online, using Jitsi Meet, an open source and ethical application (no tracking or mining of users’ data) that works across multiple platforms, and does not require you to have an account to use the service — just the app or a web link. It works better in the app than in a browser.

There is no financial charge to attend any of our meetings, though donations are gratefully accepted.

Current Schedule (Scottish time):

Sunday Sangha Meeting, 6pm

The meeting lasts an hour, and includes a short chanting service, 25 minutes of zazen (meditation), followed by a Dharma talk by Dogo, and a discussion. If you would like to join us, email us and we will send you the link, the password, and our liturgy. Please make sure your camera is on, as invisible lurkers will be removed from the meeting.

Just Sitting in Silence, Thursday, 6pm

No Dharma talk, no chanting, no conversation, just a half hour of zazen together, led by Dogo. Three rings of the inkin bell begin the meditation, and one ring ends it. No password is required. Here is the link.

Fallen Leaf Zen, Monday 6pm

No Dharma talk, no chanting, no conversation, just a half hour of zazen together, led by daishin. Three rings of the inkin bell begin the meditation, and one ring ends it. No password is required. Here is the link.

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by Dogo

Yesterday's online sangha meeting went well. People in various time zones sat zazen together, then I gave a Dharma talk. I was impressed by the video and sound quality of Jitsi (it works better in the app than a browser). So we'll continue to meet on Sundays at 6 pm Scottish (UK) time. If you want to join us, let me know and I'll send you the link and the password.

Note to lurkers: there was at least one person yesterday who left their camera and microphone off. We're a sangha, not a sideshow, so that's unacceptable. From now on, anyone who's not visible will be bumped from the meeting.

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by Dogo

Enough people have expressed interest in online Zen practice that I've decided to have a weekly sangha meeting by video. Our sangha has students in the US, the UK and Europe, so the meeting will start at 6 pm UK time, which is late morning or early afternoon US time, depending on which state you live in.

We'll begin and end with some chanting. We'll do 25 minutes of zazen (meditation), then I'll give a short Dharma talk and take questions. The whole meeting will last an hour. Please be online and on your cushion ten minutes before the starting time.

Most sanghas have been using Zoom, but it has poor security and it tracks you. So we'll use Jitsi. If you want to join us, let me know and I’ll send you a video link and a password, and a copy of the liturgy.

If you want dokusan, we can also do that by video, using either FaceTime (if you have an Apple device) or Signal. I won’t use Skype, for the same reason I won’t use Zoom.

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by Dogo

Most (or, I hope, all) Buddhist sanghas have moved their practice online because of the coronavirus pandemic. This has me thinking about doing interactive online Zen teaching, perhaps having dokusan by video. I'm still pondering, so if that's something you would be interested in, please let me know.

There's also the Zen for Real Life podcast, which currently has four talks by me, and one by Daishin. We'll be adding more soon.

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