With the sustained improvement in COVID cases and as more and more public places are opening up to our more normal way of interacting, the Buffalo Zen Dharma Community has also been exploring going back to in-person gatherings. Of the two places we meet (Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the Network of Religious Communities building), it appears that the first in-person gatherings will probably be at the Network of Religious Communities building as the COVID precaution goals are easier to meet there.
This does not mean that we will not continue to have an online presence as we have had in the past. However, due to the time and effort it takes to make the transition back from our online practice to our in-person practice, there may be a time in which the online Zoom practice options are put on hold. It appears as we plan that it will be easier to provide both an online Zoom presence at the same time as the actual in-person practice at the Network of Religious communities building for our once monthly half-day meditation sits.
Our tentative plan at this time is to look toward opening up to in-person gatherings after June 1st. For the latest information on our progress in moving in this direction, please come back to this monthly new blog to get the latest.
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David Kozen Williams, MRO has been a formal student in the Mountains and Rivers Order since 1997.