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Kobun Memorial Weekend

  • Jikoji Zen Center 12100 Skyline Boulevard Los Gatos, CA, 95033 United States (map)

Kobun Memorial Weekend, 2019


Join us as we spend the weekend honoring the memory of Jikoji's founder Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. We begin Friday evening, July 26, with a social dinner, then a walk to the ridge in appreciation of the Santa Cruz Mountains, so much a part of Kobun's vision for Jikoji.

Our formal program starts Saturday, July 27, at 9 am with a morning of contemplative sitting. After lunch, at 2pm, we will be reading from the transcript of, treating it more like a re-enactment than a text. The idea is to come closer to the feeling of being in the room with Kobun than “studying” his words. So we will take turns, moving quickly around the room, making his words, and sometimes words that we may have forgotten we ourselves have said, come alive.

On Sunday, after our usual Sunday program and a brief introduction, we will form a procession to the memorial site and offer incense while chanting the Daihi Shin Dharani. Buffet lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday. At 2 pm Sunday in the large zendo, open to all, we will discuss Death in view of our Kobun Memorial and of all beings, and in terms of the nexus of Science and Buddhism.

Overnight accommodations are available on our Reservations page.

Our Schedule (subject to change)

6:00  Social Dinner  
7:30     Zendo Zazen or Sunset (8:20pm) Zazen & Walk

7:30     Breakfast (buffet)
9:00     zazen
9:40     kinhin
9:50     zazen
10:30   Outdoor kinhin (tea, coffee, etc. available in Community Bldg)
11:20   zazen
12:00   Lunch (Buffet)
 2:00    Reading and Discussion Led by Judy Cosgrove
4:00     Break or afternoon walk
5:00     zazen
5:40     service
6:00     Dinner (buffet)
7:30     Sunset walk & zazen, independent zendo practice, or social time

7:30     Breakfast (buffet)
10:00   zazen
10:40   kinhin
10:50   zazen
11:20   Procession
12:30   Social Lunch
2:00     Science and Buddhism – Science of Decay and Death

Earlier Event: July 25
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Later Event: July 28
Science & Buddhism – Death