Calendar

Please see the events calendar below for details about our offerings,
and
for any updates, additions, or adjustments to our schedule.
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Regular Drop-in Offerings

The Zoom link for these events is here, and in the calendar description;
just copy & paste it into your browser:
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84846144748?pwd=amZwaVNhUWZvM3lDYVAwNTdqZXdEZz09
Meeting ID: 848 4614 4748 Passcode: 202020

Beginners' Meditation Instruction
Basic instruction in simple Zen meditation (zazen) or mindfulness meditation is available 30 minutes before a scheduled sitting, upon request. Just ask!
Drop-in Sunrise Sittings

• Tuesdays, 8:00-8:30am (8:35 optional Heart Sutra chant)
• Thursdays, 8:00-8:30am(8:35 optional Heart Sutra chant)
• Saturdays, 9:00-9:30am(9:35 optional Heart Sutra chant) 
Drop-in Sunset Sittings

• Tuesdays, 5:00-5:30pm (5:35 optional Metta Sutra chant)
• Thursdays, 5:00-5:30pm (5:35 optional Metta Sutra chant)
Mindfulness Practice Group

• Monthly on a Saturday, 9:00-11:30am (check calendar)
Appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators alike, our monthly drop-in group features meditation, teaching, experientials, and discussion.
A friendly and welcoming space in which to learn and explore our inner landscape. Join us, and bring a friend!

All our regular open sittings and practice group are drop-in offerings, via Zoom, no registration required. Join us!
There is no attached fee; donations gratefully accepted (see Contact page for donation info.

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Plan ahead for our Spring Class!

From Suffering to Joy:
Living the Four Noble Truths

Six weeks, April 6 - May 11, 6:30-8:00pm, $125, via ZOOM
The core teaching of Buddhism is idea of the "Middle Way," the transformation of our suffering through mindfulness, compassion, and wise living. The Four Noble Truths explain how and why to practice this Middle Way. In this class we will investigate our experience of suffering, how it's created, and how to fundamentally change our experience of it through the application of these ancient and universally-applicable teachings. This foundational class series is intended for people of any faith affiliation and is open to all, both beginners and more advanced practitioners.
[NOTE: All virtual classes will be recorded, so even if you're unable to join us "live," all class content is made available to participants.]

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Special Offerings Coming Soon


March

Wholeness in Uncertain Times:
Zen Wisdom in Conversation with Christianity

Tuesday Evenings, 6-8pm: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
Suggested donation: $125

Offered through the Episcopal House of Prayer, this series is an opportunity to engage in dialogue between the Christian and Buddhist traditions. This unique, rich, and experiential series invites participants to work with one traditional Zen koan (traditional teaching story) each week, watching it shift, change, and ultimately blossom into greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and the wisdom inherent in love. Each week will feature an assigned koan, an experiential exercise, time for discussion and exploration, a teaching presentation designed to support and facilitate deeper engagement, and handouts of all related material for further individual exploration. A commitment to a daily meditation practice is requested. Each class will be recorded, so participants will be able to access all the material throughout the course of our month together. Please join us for this opportunity to connect with yourself, and also with other courageous, inspiring, and like-minded souls!
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September
Archetypes of Healing: Six Faces for Self-Compassion
Six Tuesdays, September 7 – October 12, 2021, via Zoom, $125
This engaging series expands our self-awareness and self-compassion by introducing a fascinating and ancient framework, the spiritual archetypes of the bodhisattvas (angelic helpers in Buddhism). Together, we'll learn about their primary spiritual energies and the parts of us that they each represent. Each week, we'll explore one of these figures, practice with them in our meditations, and strengthen both our awareness of, and the connections to, these sacred parts of ourselves.
[NOTE: All virtual classes will be recorded, so even if you're unable to join us "live," all class content is made available to participants.]
Good food for the head and the heart!

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Retreats

• Our monthly zazenkai ("to come together for meditation") is a simple three-hour immersion in group mindfulness practice. It features a few periods each of both sitting and walking meditation, a short teaching talk, and a little break half-way through. Simple, easy, friendly, quiet.

• Our silent Half-day Meditation Retreats are six hours in length and feature sitting meditation, walking meditation, a short dharma teaching talk, and the option of meeting one-to-one with the teacher (dokusan). Appropriate for beginners and experienced contemplative alike, these simple retreats are user-friendly, restorative, and often profound.

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Classes 

Classes on meditation, Zen, and contemplative spirituality are offered throughout the year on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00. Check the calendar for details.
Past & recurring classes include:
• Creative Mindfulness
• Archetypes of Healing: Six Faces for Self-Compassion
• Fishing for Fallen Light: An Honest Exploration of Right Relationship
• From Suffering to Joy: Living the Four Noble Truths
• Relating to Authority
• The Heart of Zen: Emptiness as Life
• The Importance of the Heart Sutra
• The Zen of Eihei Dogen
• The Song of Zazen
[NOTE: All virtual classes will be recorded, so even if you're unable to join us "live," all class content is made available to participants.]

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