Crooked River Zen Center is led by Sensei Dean Williams. We are part of the Phoenix Cloud lineage whose founder was Kobun Chino Roshi (1938-2002). Kobun came to San Francisco from Japan in 1967 at the request of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi to serve as his attendant at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Our practice is inspired by the teachings of the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism in 13th century Japan, Eihei Dōgen.
Anyone is welcome to join us for meditation at the scheduled times.
Most weeks we have three sittings: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 9:30 am. In addition, we offer a full day of practice (zazenkai) once a month and three-day retreats (sesshin) four times a year. Meals are taken following traditional oryoki forms during zazenkai and sesshin. There are on-going lay ordination (jukai) classes along with other special events. See our calendar for a complete listing.
“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be actualized by all things."
~ Eihei Dōgen Zenji
“Zen practice is to get to our True Mind,
the mind not accessible to thinking.
This mind cannot be consciously known
by ordinary efforts.
An unusual effort is necessary.
This effort is zazen."