Regular practice is suspended on days when there are retreats or ceremonies. For dates and times, check here.
In dangerous weather there is no in-person practice. Hybrid practice will move over to Zoom.
All practices use the same Zoom link. See below for practice times.
Join our Practice on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 784 274 311
Basic Zoom etiquette: During practice, make sure you’re muted, and if there are background distractions from your family/roommates/pets/etc. please turn off your video. Thank you.
In-person Covid etiquette: Our Covid policy can be found here. Thank you for being considerate.
Introduction to our practice forms. For those joining us in person for the first time.
The Four Great Vows (words here), three prostrations, brief and simple chanting for people in distress or who have died, four chants (Homage to the three jewels, Heart Sutra in Sino-Korean, English Heart Sutra, Great Dharani), a half hour of sitting, a talk, Q&A with a teacher. In-person, you will be given a chanting book. On Zoom, the chants can be found in our chanting book p. 6 — 13. If you are new to practice and are joining us over Zoom, you might want to join at 10:30 for sitting, the talk, and the Q&A. This is our most popular practice. Sunday practice is suspended during retreats or ceremonies.
The Four Great Vows (words here) followed by 108 prostrations. 6:45 a.m. the Morning Bell Chant (words here), a half hour of sitting, and a short reading. For a demonstration of how to do prostrations, check out this video by Kathy Park JDPSN from 18:16 to 26:32. And if your body doesn’t allow you to do 108 prostrations, you can do standing bows. Or you can mix and match.
Special chanting. Texts of chants, (real page 15 through 27 = screen page 23 through 35). Here are audio links for the first chant (Thousand Eyes and Hands Sutra) and for the second chant (Kwan Se Um Bosal chanting — we also interpolate Ji Jang Bosal chanting in this chant).
Evening Bell Chant (done solo by a practice leader) followed by a half hour of sitting.
You are welcome to join us for just one of the Wednesday practices or for both.
Practice at Unity Temple on the Plaza in Kansas City MO, at the corner of 47th and Jefferson. We’ll be in classroom C at the top of the stairway at the end of the east hallway. Four great vows, three prostrations, chanting, sitting, a short reading. People who have taken precepts should wear their robes. First Thursday of the month there is no chanting, a senior student gives a short talk, and one of the Zen masters answers questions.
Practice and interviews: the Four Great Vows (words here) followed by 108 prostrations, the Morning Bell Chant, Homage to the Three Jewels, Sino-Korean Heart Sutra, Heart Sutra and the Great Dharani (for words to the chants, see our chanting book), followed by two periods of sitting, and a short reading. During practice, people are called into the interview room (in-person) or a breakout room (Zoom) for kong-an interviews. Regular Saturday practice is suspended on days when we have retreats or ceremonies.