Classes
Upcoming offerings to connect you to practice and community

Classes on meditation, Zen, and contemplative spirituality are offered throughout the year on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

Mindfulness & Zen

Mindfulness & Zen
What are they, really?
How can they help me?
How do I practice them?

Six Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm,
January 6- February 10, 2022, $125,
via Zoom


Mindfulness is a fundamental component of Zen Buddhist meditation practice, but despite being commonly used, both those words- meditation and Zen- are widely misunderstood.
What exactly IS "mindfulness"?
What exactly IS "Zen"?
Are they the same, or different?
These six weeks will be used to explore mindfulness, meditation, Zen, and the beautiful Buddhist framework that holds them all. Our six weeks together will include daily practice, varied experientials, written teaching handouts, weekly class meetings with teaching and discussion.
All classes and course content will be recorded, so non-sequential learning and distance attendance are both possible and encouraged. You won’t miss anything!
If you're wanting a meaningful investigation into what self-awareness practices are and can offer you, this is the course for you.
This will be a gentle, sincere, unique, and collective inquiry, and will help us develop creative day-to-day mindfulness practices so that we more deeply experience and enjoy our precious and fleeting lives.
Join us!

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Wholeness in
Uncertain Times

Wholeness in Uncertain Times:
Zen Wisdom for an Anxious Culture

Five Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm,
March 3-31, $125 via Zoom


A global pandemic with no end in sight. Political division and instability.
Cultural upheaval.
Rising inflation and unemployment.
A planetary climate crisis.

It seems fair to say that we are all living in anxious and uncertain times.

Join us for an opportunity to engage in dialogue with our personal and collective anxiety using ancient tools from the Zen Buddhist meditation tradition.
“Wholeness in Uncertain Times” is a unique, rich, and experiential series that 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.
All classes and course content will be recorded, so non-sequential learning and distance attendance are both possible and encouraged. You won’t miss anything!
If you're wanting a meaningful investigation into what self-awareness practices are and can show you about your experience of fear and anxiety, this class series is for you.
This will be a gentle, sincere, unique, and collective inquiry, and will help us develop creative day-to-day mindfulness practices so that we more deeply experience and appreciate our precious and fleeting lives. JOIN US!

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Retreats

Deepen your practice with these immersions in silence.
(NOTE: All retreats are via Zoom until further notice.)

Zazenkai mini-retreats

Our regular zazenkai mini-retreats
("to come together for meditation")
are simple, three-hour immersions in group mindfulness practice.
They feature 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, and open to everyone.
$30 donation suggested.

Check the calendar for the next one and join us to discover what a big difference a few short hours of silence can make!

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Half-day Retreats

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.
Appropriate for beginners and experienced contemplative alike, these simple retreats are user-friendly, restorative, and often profound.
$40 donation suggested.

Check the calendar for the next one and join us to discover what a big difference a few short hours of silence can make!

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