Sunday Evening Zazen, Palatine
Sunday Evening Zazen, Palatine

Sunday Evening Zazen, Palatine

March 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Countryside Church
1025 N Smith St
Palatine, IL 60067
(608) 325-6248
Students chanting at one of GPZC's many locations.
Students chant at one of GPZC’s many locations.

Sunday evening sittings at 7 PM at Countryside Church, 1025 N. Smith St., Palatine have resumed in person. Online participation will continue to be offered. The schedule continues as before, with zazen from 7:00 – 7:30, kinhin from 7:30-7:40, and zazen from 7:40 – 8:10. Dokusan will generally be available during these sittings. Instruction will be available during the first period of zazen for anyone new to sitting. Online participation will continue to be offered as an option (see below). Note the following COVID-related precautions for those attending in person:

  • We are requiring that anyone attending in person be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will require proof of vaccination. We strongly recommend also having the booster shot, but do not require it.
  • Anyone providing proof of medical contra-indication (i.e. a letter from their doctor) for the COVID vaccine (or booster, should we require it in the future) can provide proof of a negative molecular COVID test (NAAT, PCR, etc., not an antigen test) within 72 hours prior to attendance in lieu of vaccine.
  • Participants will be seated 6 feet apart and asked to maintain social distancing when possible.
  • Participants must wear N95, KN95 or KF94 grade masks and will be provided with one if they do not bring one.

Those who would like to learn service positions can ask the greeter or one of the monitors (people who sit facing in) to arrange training in the position. Positions include jikido/chant leader (the person who times the sitting periods and kinhin and leads the chanting of the four vows), doan (who rings the bell during the three bows and Roshi’s exit), sogei (who rings handbell in response to the doan’s bell during Roshi’s exit and jisha (who runs the dokusan line). While the positions might feel intimidating at first, they are a valuable part of our practice: training us to listen carefully, be attentive and be willing to make mistakes and learn gracefully from them. Many feel that taking on positions helps them to feel more part of the group.

Online attendance continues to be available with the following zoom link:
Meeting ID: 744 106 602
Dial in: 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)