Head Dharma Teacher
The Head Dharma Teacher is a senior student who is responsible for the smooth operation of the retreat. He or she will conduct an orientation when the retreat begins and during the retreat as new participants arrive. If you have questions or problems during the retreat, please use the chat feature of Zoom to write a private note to the Head Dharma Teacher who will help (or set up a meeting with the teacher leading the retreat).
During retreats we keep silence at all times. Silence not only helps you maintain strong practice, it is a gift that helps others sustain their own practice. If you need to communicate about a personal issue, please use the chat feature of Zoom to write a private note to the Head Dharma Teacher.
The Dharma Room — In Person and Virtual
Everyone helps maintain an atmosphere of quiet in the dharma room. Please don’t move during sitting periods. If you are sleepy or in a great deal of pain you may do a sitting bow and then stand up quietly behind your cushion, with your hands in hapchong. Before sitting back down again, do a standing bow and then settle quietly.
Please “enter”, “leave”, and act in the Virtual Dharma Room as if it were the actual Dharma Room.
There will be private interviews with the teacher during the day. During an interview, the teacher can help you with your individual practice and answer specific questions about Zen meditation. During in-person interviews, you may be asked to wear a mask to protect the health of our teachers, and in those cases masks will be provided. Online interviews are in a private breakout session.
End of Retreat
The retreat will end with a “circle talk,” during which participants are invited to share their thoughts about the retreat with the group.