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

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