Everyone is welcome to all of our practice activities. There is no charge, although donations are welcome.
Monday - Friday
6:15 am Zazen
6:30 pm Zazen* (instructions for beginners for the first 10 minutes)
9:10 am Work period
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 during two-day sittings or sesshin)
After zazen and service 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 a bit of social time.