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SESSHIN ENROLLMENT
Enrollment is open for the October sesshin (October 3-6). This is a 3-day sesshin. Please Complete an application to sign up.
CURRENT NEWSLETTER
The September Newsletter includes announcements and an article: News From ZCSD.
Council Training September 14, 10:00 AM–Noon

Anne Seisen Saunders from Sweetwater Zen Center and Nicolee Jikyo McMahon of Three Treasures Zen Community have kindly volunteered to offer council training for the ZCSD sangha on September 14. The usual Saturday program will be modified to accommodate this, and everyone is welcome.

 Experienced council trainer Jared Seide describes the technique this way: “Council offers a way of communicating that encourages attentive listening, as well as honest and compassionate expression. It makes room for new insights and understandings, wisdom in decision making, and healing. As a personal practice, a group process and a life-pathway, council is an intrinsic ingredient of our education at any age.”

Practice Period
ZCSD is not holding a formal Practice Period this year. There won’t be afternoon workshops or extra Sunday sittings with interviews. However, there will be a two-day Zazenkai on September 14–15, and October sesshin will take place as scheduled on October 3–6. We hope students will treat these events as “bookends” in a period of heightened practice, placing particular emphasis on sitting in community at the Center. Registration is now open for the October sesshin.
 
Practitioners are not asked to submit a Practice Period agreement, but people may find it helpful to complete a form for their own benefit and to use it as a tool to help them intensify their practice commitment. The form is available on the website and copies are also available at the Center. Full Practice Period guidelines, along with specific practice techniques (like menu items and pauses in time), are also posted on the site.
Beach Sitting
There will be a beach sitting on Sunday, September 22, 9:30–noon. Participants will sit facing the ocean for three 30-minute periods, interspersed with two 20-minute Gatha walks.  The morning will end with an informal meal—please bring your own lunch.  Also bring a cushion or a chair to sit on.  Meet at 9:20 near the restrooms at Law Street before going down to the beach to the right of there.  Please leave enough time to find a parking space.
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Membership Dues
Zen Center members may pay dues with PayPal. You may pay dues monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Payments can also be scheduled for automatic payment from a checking account or credit card.  There is a small transaction fee for the service which has been added to the payment.  We encourage members to pay their dues with PayPal to help us streamline accounting procedures at ZCSD.