Schedule & Programs

Schedule and Programs

Daily practice:

Morning practice (Monday through Friday)

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

Shikantaza (Sunday)

  • Periods of Zazen and Kinhin:  9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Extended practice and special events:

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. A donation of $85 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 donation of $55 per day 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 Extended practice and special events schedule:

April 25: Dharma Docs (private gathering)

June 14 (5 pm) through June 20 (5 pm): 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.

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.