Etiquette in the Zendo


1. Step into the Zendo.
2. Bow to the room.
3. Go to your seat, hands in shashu.
4. Bow to your cushion and face the middle of the room, standing with hands in gassho. Wait until everyone has taken his/her place.
5. Bow together.
6. Seat yourself facing the wall and adjust posture.
7. At the formal start of zazen, a bell will sound three times.
8. At the end of the first zazen period (about 20 to 25 mins), a bell will sound twice.
9. Give a slight bow while seated with hands in gassho.
10. Stand up and face the room, hands in gassho, and wait for everyone to be in place.
11. Bow together.
12. Turn to your left and stand with hands in shashu.
13. Kinhin will begin with a clap. Walk slowly and mindfully around the room, keeping in pace with the rest of the group.
14. Another clap will sound the end of kinhin. Continue walking in the same direction at normal pace to your seat. Do not backtrack.
15. Face into the room and bow in gassho together, then be seated.
16. Three bells will sound at the start of the second period of zazen (about 20 to 25 mins).
17. Two bells will sound to signal the end of zazen.
18. Give a slight bow while seated with hands in gassho.
19. Stand up and face the room, hands in gassho, and wait for everyone to be in place, then bow together.
20. Face left, and file out of the room.

Glossary
Gassho : a bow with palms together
Shashu : bring your left thumb to the middle of your left palm and close your fist over it; hold your left hand in front of you and close your right hand over it; keep elbows extended

Kinhin : walking meditation
Zazen : sitting meditation