Schedule & Programs

Program and Schedule

Morning practice (Monday through Friday)

  • Zazen:  5:30 am
  • Kinhin:  6:10 am
  • Service: 6:20 am
  • Closing: 6:40 am

Additional programs:

Shikantaza are practice periods of zazen and kinhin, usually from 9:00 am – 12 noon

Zazenkai are micro-sesshins. The schedule begins at 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm, with zazen, kinhin, dokusan (interview with the teacher) and three oryoki meals, a work period, and tea. An $85 donation is requested.

Sesshin is an extended group retreat for three to eight days. It includes zazen, kinhin, dokusan (interviews with the teacher), oryoki meals,  work periods, evening Dharma talks, and instruction. A $55 per day donation is requested for food and lodging.

Festivals are special celebrations open to all, including children.

Other programs will be added throughout the year– please check this website periodically for additions. These may include workshops in calligraphy, garden design, niwaki tree trimming, flower arranging and other zen arts, as well as exhibitions of art and of zen performance art such as poetry and music.

2015 Schedule:

(All dates are Sundays unless otherwise noted)

January:

  • January 4: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • January 11: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • January 18: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • January 25: Zazenkai  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

February:

  • February 1: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • February 8: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • February 15: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • February 22: Zazenkai  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

March:

  • March 1: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • March 8: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • March 15: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • March 22: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • March 29: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon

April:

  • April 5: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • April 12: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • April 19: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • April 26: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon

May:

  • May 3: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • May 10: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • May 17: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • May 24: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • May 31: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon

June:

  • June 7 through June 14: Sesshin
    • Theme: Taking care of the Garden is caring for your Life. The Garden is constantly changing. It is the gardener’s role to work with change to maintain adaptive, dynamic balance, while being true to the inherent nature of the garden. The same principles can be applied to our lives. Our gardens and our lives can both be fields of enlightened energy. During the Sesshin we’ll study principles of garden design and how the gardener applies them. We’ll explore Japanese pruning techniques– niwaki and tamomono– and learn how to see the garden as an adaptive integrated system.
  • June 21: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • June 28: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon

July:

  • July 5: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • July 12: Shikantaza  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • July 19 through July 26: Sesshin
    • Theme: The Six Paramitas. The Buddha’s teachings are not linear. During this sesshin we will examine the paramitas in detail and see how they can apply to our life. Generosity, moral discipline, patience, exertion, wisdom, and concentration form an integrated transformational system that enables clear perception.