Everyone is welcome to all of our practice activities. We are relying on contributions from participants. Please, donate what you think is fair.
Monday - Friday
6:15 am Zazen
6:30 pm Class: Introduction to Zazen Practice
MZC is also offering a 6-week class on Wednesdays which will deepen your understanding of the history, rituals and ceremonies, and wider context of our practice. Suggested donation $30, or $5 for each session.
6:30 pm Reading group / Dharma discussion
11:00 am Teatime
* Please be in your seat five minutes before the start of the zazen period.
Our regular weekly practice consists mainly of zazen, or seated meditation, and kinhin, or walking meditation. Practitioners are welcome to come for either or both periods of zazen. In the morning, we follow zazen with a short chanting service made up of the Heart Sutra and full bows.
Saturdays (except on half-day, one-day or longer sittings)
After zazen, service, and a short work period on Saturdays, we begin our dharma discussion, where we read aloud from a dharma text and engage in lively conversation. Over the years we have read together a wide variety of texts, ranging from the Vimalakirti and Lotus Sutras to Dôgen's Bendowa and commentaries by Katagiri Roshi and Suzuki Roshi. No preparation is necessary; it's not a "course", the atmosphere is informal and all comments are welcome. It offers an unusual opportunity to engage in interactive study of dharma texts and to express one's own understanding of the dharma.
Those new to Zen practice are invited to our weekly Introduction to Zazen. Other sangha members will arrive a little later for a period of zazen and then the dharma talk, a short presentation by the practice director or a guest speaker. Afterward there's tea and social time.