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, June 17, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Contact us for the link.

Guest teacher Tonen O’Connor – Sunday, June 15.  Dharma talk at 9:45.  Contact us for the link.

All-day sitting – by Zoom – Sunday, June 15.  Come and sit along with us as you can, either electronically or by sitting with us at home.  Rev. Tonen O’Connor will be giving the dharma talk.  You can find the day’s schedule by clicking on the Practice Opportunities tab above.  Contact us for the link.

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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