Zazenkai at Crooked River Zen Center is a daylong retreat devoted to samadhi practice, with Great Silence observed throughout the day. This is an opportunity to intensify and deepen your practice through the experience of periods of uninterrupted sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a dharma talk, service, mindful work practice, meals, and face-to-face meetings with a teacher. Open to everyone. Scheduled dates can be found on the Calendar.
*Every third month we offer a Silent Zazenkai. See below for further details.

8:30          Zazen
9:00          Kinhin
9:10          Zazen
9:40          Morning service
9:50          Tea/Coffee
10:10        Dharma Talk
11:00         Zazen
11:30         Kinhin
11:40         Zazen
12:10        Noon service
12:20        Lunch
1:15          Zazen
1:45          Kinhin
1:55          Zazen
2:25          Tea/Coffee
2:45          Discussion
3:35          Zazen
4:05          Kinhin
4:15          Zazen
4:45          Closing


A Silent Zazenkai is offered every third month, beginning at 11:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm.

There are no dharma talks nor any chanting at the silent zazenkai, just continuous rounds of meditation: 25 minutes of sitting, followed by 5 minutes of walking for the entire 6 hours. This is an intensified day of meditation practice. Silent dates are designated on the Calendar.

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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