AZC closed: Virtual Rainbow Sangha meetings available by Zoom

Dear Friends,

“The community is in you and you are in the community. You interpenetrate each other. That is why I emphasize sangha-building … It is by taking good care of your breath, of your body, of your feelings, that you can build a good community.” — Thay

In accordance with governmental guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Albuquerque Zen Center is closed for meetings and the Rainbow Sangha is not meeting in person. We have arranged for virtual Rainbow Sangha meetings from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday until in-person meetings can recommence.

This coming Sunday, March 29, Bee will be leading, and we’ll have extended dharma sharing. Please be ready to share a short poem, song, reading etc. You can also share your screen if you have a short .pdf document, audio, or video file to share. Plum Village recommends that for online meetings when we bow in for dharma sharing we say our name followed by “bowing in” and when done we say “bowing out.”

Here are some instructions for joining our virtual meeting. First, at any time on your computer, go to zoom.us and install the app. Or, on a smartphone or tablet, get the Zoom Cloud Meeting app. It’s free, and to join meetings it’s not necessary to register with Zoom.

A few minutes before the meeting, click the link previously provided to you for the meeting, or open the Zoom app and enter the meeting ID. Please feel free to contact us if you need to obtain the link or ID.

You will then be in the online meeting. You may then need to turn on your audio and video connections. During the meeting when you’re not sharing please mute your audio to eliminate distracting sounds while others share, then turn it on when you wish to share. The meeting will be open online about 15 minutes before 5 p.m. so please join us in a timely way before the meeting starts to avoid distractions after we begin.

This same link will be valid for each Sunday evening meeting going forward until our physical meeting room is available again.

We are using a paid subscription in Zoom, which means meetings will not be limited to 40 minutes and people can also call in using regular phones if desired. Jon will be the host for the Zoom meeting.

If you wish to join using a regular phone you can call any of the numbers below and enter the meeting ID.

  +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
  +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
  +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
  +1 253 215 8782 US
  +1 301 715 8592 US
  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

I hope everyone is well and look forward to seeing you then,
With metta,
Jon

Small Weekly Rainbow Sangha meetings continuing at Albuquerque Zen Center, with precautions

The Rainbow Sangha has voted to continue to meet on Sundays at 5:00 p.m., while taking prudent precautions against transmitting the coronavirus.

Anyone with symptoms of illness is asked to stay home. Hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves are available to anyone who wishes, we do not shake hands or hug, doorknobs and faucet handles are wiped with disinfectant before meetings, and we will not have tea. The meetings are also small (under 10 people), because many members have chosen to stay home, and we will maintain a small size.

You are welcome to join us if you wish, while observing these precautions. We will keep you posted on further developments.

Planned retreat for May 1-3 in Albuquerque cancelled

In light of the coronavirus threat and warnings against public gatherings in Albuquerque, and the elderly members who planned to participate in the retreat, we have regretfully decided to cancel the planned retreat on May 1-3. An additional factor is that at this time we are not receiving enough reservations to proceed, and some have canceled. From a Taoist point of view (which is also integral to Zen) it seems that conditions are not favorable for this event at this time, and we should respect that. 


Full refunds will be issued (by check, by mail) in the next few days to those who have already registered. We will plan to reschedule the retreat after the threat has passed, and will plan to notify you then of the new retreat plans. Hopefully we can all gather and practice together at that time. 
Meanwhile sending metta to all. 

Rainbow Sangha for March 15 on The Diamond Sutra

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. — Thay

Please join us at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE, this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. as we read and discuss Thay’s translation of the Diamond Sutra. This is one of the most important sutras in Mahayana Buddhism and is recited often at Plum Village. It contains a number of major teachings, in a cryptic form. Please join us for herbal tea at 4:30 before the meeting.

In light of the coronavirus threat, we are encouraging everyone to take some prudent precautions.
If you don’t feel well, please stay home so as to avoid potentially exposing others.
We will practice our traditional bowing to one another, and minimize hand shaking.
Please wash hands frequently, and hand sanitizer will be available at meetings.
A mask will be provided for each person who wants one at the meeting.
Doorknobs will be wiped with sanitizing wipes, and teacups will be washed with soap after each use.
With these simple precautions we plan to minimize the risk of spreading germs.