The meditation schedule at the Zendo includes:Sunday morning meditation 9-11 am from April to December
Tuesday evening meditation 5:30-7:15 pm May-August
Wednesday evening meditation 7-8 pm in June - August
Beginners without prior meditation experience are always welcome. Information and instruction is available and Introductory Days are offered from time to time. Please refer to the Retreats page.
Newcomers should plan to arrive early in order to make seating arrangements. We have traditional cushions, kneeling benches, and chairs available. You may bring your own cushion or bench if you prefer. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please e-mail beforehand if you have questions.
There is no fee for attendance at the regular weekly meditation periods. Donations, however, are always appreciated.
Sunday morning meditation is held at the Zendo 9-11 am. We sit for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and sit again for 25 minutes. This is followed by a 20-minute walking period in the Zendo. Then we sit again, ending with a reading and Buddhist chanting. You are welcome to enter or leave at any of the breaks. Tea is served in the Meeting Hall after the meditation session except during the winter months.
Tuesday evening meditation 5:30-7:15 pm, May-August with Nancy Hathaway in the tradition of the Kwan Um School of Zen. The evening includes tea served in the zendo, evening bell chant, meditation in the Zendo, walking meditation in the Zendo Moss Garden, meditation again in the Zendo, talk and discussion, ending with Kwan Sem Bosal chanting.
Wednesday evening meditation 7- 8 pm, June-August. There are two 25-minute sitting periods with a 5-minute break in between.
Retreats are planned throughout the year and you will find information on the Retreats page.
Buddha's Birthday is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, beginning with an hour of silent meditation in the Zendo 10-11 am, and a simultaneous gathering for children in the Meeting Hall. At 11 am we all gather in the Meeting Hall for a ceremony and celebration. This festival is a time for children to feel especially welcome at the Zendo.
Service of Remembrance, held on the last Sunday in October or the first Sunday in November, takes place at 11 am in the apple orchard below the meeting hall, followed by planting spring bulbs and then gathering in the meeting hall for tea and apple cakes made with our own apples.
Rohatsu, the celebration of Buddha's enlightenment, begins on the evening of December 1. Meditation periods will continue through the week 6-8 am and 7-9 pm daily, ending on the morning of December 8, 6-8 am. Each two-hour meditation period consists of two 25-minute periods of meditation, extended walking meditation, and another 25-minute period of meditation. On Sunday, there will be meditation 6-8 am, 9-11 am, 1-3 pm, and 7-9 pm. Anyone is welcome to join us anytime.
The New Year's Day celebration is an annual Zendo event that gathers families, members and friends for meditation 10-11 am, followed by a short ceremony. There is a potluck brunch, with omelettes, fruit, and beverages provided. Bring some food to share if you like. Please join us in celebrating the New Year. Children are particularly welcome.
The Zendo will be closed from the end of Rohatsu on December 8 until the New Year's Day celebration on January 1. Sunday meditation resumes the first Sunday in April.
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