We will be closed until it’s safe to reopen.

We’d hoped that the rate of new coronavirus cases would be declining rapidly enough to reopen in June, but the danger is still there.  We are considering what will make us feel safe in the zendo and what measures we need to take when we do return to sitting together.  We’ll let you know as conditions develop.  Meanwhile, if you have any helpful input, please let us know.

We also want to assure our Zoom members that they will continue to be integrated into our practice after we reopen.

Meanwhile, we are offering more virtual practice opportunities.  We hope you can join us for one of them this month.  Or you can post your thoughts about practice in the era of covid by clicking on Pandemic Practice above.

Please take care out there.

With deep bow,


Zuiko sits in the zendo at every zazen period listed below.  Please sit with her whenever you can.  Just sitting quietly can be helpful in times like these.

Sunday zazen and dharma talk are live-streamed on Zoom.  Contact us if you’d like the link.

Our Monday night dharma discussion group is continuing through Zoom.   If you’re interested in joining, please contact the Center.

You can connect with us through email or phone.  And you can listen to our dharma talks online and read our posts on Facebook.  To find the dharma talks, click on the “Resources” tab above, and you’ll see the link.

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Zazen – by Zoom – Wednesday, July 15, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Contact us for the link.

Virtual All-day sitting – Sunday,  July 19, 5:00am to 4:40pm. Email the Center to register and get the Zoom link.  Donations are welcome; there is no fee

Work Day – July 25, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
We are beginning our monthly work days again, this time with social distancing and masks. If you forget your mask, we can supply you with one. Hand sanitizer will also be available. For everyone’s protection, we ask that people

  • Keep a distance of at least six feet from each other
  • Wear a mask indoors
  • Use hand sanitizer upon arrival
  • Masks will not be required when working outside at least six feet from others.
    If you are not wearing a mask outdoors, please cover coughs or sneezes with an arm.
    If you wish, you can bring your own water cup or bottle.

Work will involve cleaning, organizing and garden work. Bring your enthusiasm and come in something you’re comfortable working in. If you see a project you’d like to work on, that can be arranged, too.

Work is the Buddha’s practice. Let’s come and share it together.

Weekday Activities

Noon Zazen

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
12:15 – 12:55 zazen

Evening Zazen

Tuesday evenings – 20 minute zazen periods
6:30 – 6:50 zazen
6:50 – 7:00 kinhin
7:00 – 7:20 zazen
7:20 – 7:30 kinhin
7:30 – 8:00 zazen

Wednesday and Thursday evenings – 40 minutes zazen periods
6:30 – 7:10 zazen
7:10 – 7:20 kinhin
7:20 – 8:00 zazen

Weekend Activities

Sunday zazen – by Zoom

9:00 –  9:40 sitting
9:45 – 10:15 dharma talk
10:15 – 11:00 check in and discussion

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Quote of the week

Feel as a Meditator
There might be periods—a year or even two—when we can’t get to the cushion, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up . . . We can still carry meditation inside, still see and feel as a meditator, but physically practice differently.

From  The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zigzag Life 

by Natalie Goldberg

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