Dear Sangha: 

Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in our area, the Blue Heron Zen Community will be cancelling all in person practices at the Center for one month (until April 6th), at which point we will re-evaluate the situation and make modifications, as needed, based on the current recommendations of the King County Department of Public Health.  The Board of Directors and Practice Leaders have discussed the options carefully. We realize that this is a big adjustment for all of us to make, but through online practice, online interviews and other creative and safe venues, we can continue to be there for each other. And we can do our part to keep ourselves and others in the community safe and healthy.

What this means in detail: 

For the next month there will be no public events at the Zen Center: no Intro to Zen workshops or Sunday morning Guest Intros, no regular practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  

We will be offering online practice, along with continued talks as a part of our Kyol Che, and online interview opportunities, using the Zoom platform.  Details about online practice and interviews will follow in another email to come out soon. Stay tuned… Though change is challenging, we’ll all have a wonderful opportunity to explore Zen practice in community in brand new forms!

This first week, our practice leaders will be learning about how to set up and conduct practice on Zoom. Our plan is to start our online practice and dharma talks open to the public via the Zoom platform on Tuesday March 17th at 7:00 pm.  We will be having a shortened practice followed by a talk given by Sean Vaughan.  

You will receive detailed instructions on using Zoom and how to participate in advance of our virtual practices.  Also, these instructions will be made available on our website.

This is a rich opportunity for all of us to practice close attention to habit patterns, cleanliness, and concern for others.  And it is also an opportunity to explore new ways to be in community and practice Zen. We sincerely hope that we all get through this with a minimum of suffering and that our contribution can help reduce the suffering of others.  

Yours in the Dharma, 

Tom Campbell Abbot

Guiding Teacher, Jeong Ji

Eric Nord JDPSN