Sangha Schedule

Please Join Us for Zen Practice

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm 
This is an hour long practice period which is designed for individuals with limited or no previous experience. There are two 15 minute periods of zazen and one 5 minute period of kinhin. Following this we chant one selection from our chantbook and then there is a short dharma talk addressing an aspect of zen practice.

Thursdays, 7:00 pm
Two 25 minute periods of zazen and one 10 minute period of kinhin, or walking meditation. Following the second period of zazen, there is a formal service with chanting and bowing. Dharma talk follows the service. We offer a Full Moon Ceremony (designated as FM on the Calendar) on the Thursday evening closest to the full moon each month. This practice began with the Buddha and his disciples, assembling on the full moon to renew their precepts. There are 16 precepts which fall into three categories: the Three Refuges of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha; the Three Pure Precepts — to do no evil, to do good, to do good for the benefit of all beings; and the 10 Essential Precepts — do not kill, do not take what is not given, do not misuse sexuality, do not lie, do not misuse intoxicants, do not slander, do not praise self at the expense of others, do not be possessive, do not harbor ill will, and do not abuse the three treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

Sundays, 9:30 am
Two 30 minute periods of zazen and one 10 minute period of kinhin. Following the second period of zazen, there is chanting. Dharma talk follows.

NEW TO ZEN PRACTICE? Enjoy this three-part video series — Entering the Zendo, Sitting Posture, and Meditation Instructions — from Shoho Michael Newhall, guiding teacher of Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos, California.

Kinhin – Walking Meditation

kinhin, walking meditation


The sounds of the valley streams enters the ears.
Lamplight pierces the eyes.
Beyond this, not a single moment of thought.

~ Eihei Dōgen

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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.

~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi