Meeting in the Clear Lake area, Texas

Online Zazen

Though it might sound odd at first, online zazen can be a wonderful experience for meditators who aren’t able to attend a physical zendo. Empty Field has offered limited access to its online zazen periods over the past several years, and would now like to open this option to everyone.

If you’d like to join us, please use the contact form to request the link to the zazen session.

Online Zazen schedule

All times are Central

  • Mondays — 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesdays — 6:30 – 7:00 am
  • Wednesdays — 5:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursdays — 6:30 – 7:00 am

How it works

We use Zoom video conferencing software. When you connect, you can switch to gallery view to see all your fellow meditators who have joined for zazen.

When the zazen leader announces that it’s time to begin, everyone mutes their connection. Video remains, but the zazen leader has the only live microphone. The leader will chant the Gatha of Atonement, and then ring the bell to signal the start of zazen. After 25 minutes of zazen, the leader will then ring the bell to signal the end of zazen.

About Zoom

Zoom conferencing is a suite of applications that enable you to join a Zoom meeting from any device. You can join using your computer, your iOS device, or your Android device.

Please note: Empty Field is not responsible for any data or roaming charges incurred as a result of joining our online zazen. Please be sure your data plan can accommodate your streaming activities.

Online etiquette

Just as the guidelines adopted by the sangha are intended to protect the sangha’s unity, so we have simple guidelines for our virtual zazen. These guidelines will support the community’s practice and create a supportive space for our work together.

  • Please mute when the leader requests the group to do so or begins the Gatha of Atonement.
  • Remain muted until the final bow is complete.

Lastly, while we anticipate all participants will appreciate and honor these guidelines, the zazen leader reserves the right to remove a disruptive attendee at his or her discretion.