Everyone is welcome to all of our practice activities. There is no charge, although donations are welcome.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Coffee/Tea Break
9:30 am Dharma Discussion
11:00 am Teatime
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 have breakfast together, either an informal breakfast on the first Saturday of the month, or a formal breakfast using oryoki bowls and including meal chants. The informal meal gives us a chance to chat and get to know each other, while the formal meal is a beautiful mindfulness practice that allows us to completely experience cooking, serving and eating, and to recall with gratitude the life of the Buddha and our interdependence with all beings.
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.