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Zendo Jobs

As members we sustain the Center not only with our presence in the zendo and our financial contributions but with our willingness to take on greater and greater responsibilities as well.  As an essentially lay, non-residential sangha, we have to rely on each other's readiness to step up and commit to the work of making formal practice a reality.  This means first and foremost being willing to train at the various instruments and jobs that sustain our common practice.

Some of the instruments and jobs anyone can be trained to play or do.  Others require particular skill sets.  Talk with the Abbot or the Head of Zendo if you'd like to take a stab at training up at any of these:

    Drum  Play the taiko drum at the start of sesshin and before teisho

    Han  Sweep the building before the sitting and play the han at the beginning of the rounds

    Greeter  Get visitors into robes and briefly orient them to practice

    Lead Chanter
  Conduct the chanting services and assist at other ceremonies

    Mokugyo  Keep time during chanting on the mokugyo

    Offices  Offer incense at the Center's altars, chanting and ringing a small handbell between them, before morning sittings

    Timer  Ring the big bell, strike the clappers, and keep time with the inkin bell during formal rounds