We have three types of Sunday morning offerings: Early Zazen, Open Zen and A Morning of Zazen. The 2017 schedule for Sundays is listed near the bottom of the page, and you can find it on our calendar as well by clicking here.
1. Early Zazen These sessions run from 9:00 to 10:15am; they include zazen and a brief liturgy/chanting service. Arrive and be in your seat by 8:55am; plan to stay for the full block of practice (until 10:15am). Note: No zazen instruction is offered during these sessions. Participants should be familiar with Zen meditation (seated & walking) and be able to maintain stillness for the length of the sitting period. Everyone is encouraged & welcome to stay for Open Zen.
2. Open Zen From 10:30 to 11:30am we offer Open Zen, which includes a short period of meditation with basic instruction, and a dharma talk. Everyone is welcome and no previous meditation experience is necessary. We end the morning with tea, coffee and conversation in the community room. Suggested donation: $10 (cash or check placed in the dana/offering bowl). Free for NZC members.
3. A Morning of Zazen Our third type of Sunday morning program offers a silent and spacious time to practice seated and walking meditation in community. You are welcome to attend any or all sitting and walking meditation periods. These sessions begin at 9:00am and are generally offered once a month (this may vary in months with a scheduled retreat/sesshin).
Note: No zazen instruction is offered during these sessions. Participants should be familiar with Zen meditation (seated & walking) and be able to maintain stillness for the length of the sitting period. Suggested donation: $15 for the morning (cash or check placed in the dana/offering bowl). Free for NZC members.
Schedule for A Morning of Zazen: 9:00am Zazen 9:35 Kinhin (walking meditation) 9:45 Zazen 10:20 Kinhin 10:30 Zazen 11:05 Kinhin 11:15 Zazen 11:50 Chanting/liturgy service 12:00 End of practice session
2017 Schedule for Sundays (subject to change; subscribe to the weekly update for the most current info):
December 10, 17: Early Zazen & Open Zen December 24, 31: Closed for holiday break