The Center is now open to all members once they’re two weeks out from full vaccination. All formal in-person sittings at Arnold Park are audio live-streamed. Anyone is welcome to tune in and sit along with us. You’re also welcome to sit a modified schedule with us on Zoom.

Formal Morning In-Person Sittings

Tuesday through Friday 6:00 – 7:15 am
Saturday 6:30 – 7:30 am
Sunday 8:30 – 10:30 am

Formal morning sitting on Tuesday through Friday has two 35-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin between. Dokusan is offered on Wednesdays.

On Saturday, sitting starts half an hour later than on weekdays. When an in-person workshop is held, there is no formal morning sitting.

On Sunday, there is a 50-minute sitting with a bell at the half-way point for change of posture, followed by kinhin, and a talk (teisho or Dharma talk). Talks are always marked on the calendar. When there’s no talk, we usually sit three 30-minute rounds with kinhin.

Formal Evening In-Person Sittings

Monday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:45 pm
Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Formal evening sitting on Monday, Thursday, and Friday consist of three 35-minute rounds with kinhin.

Dokusan is offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, and most Thursday evenings.

On Tuesday, Beginners’ Night, there are three 25-minute rounds. Both dokusan and Group Instruction are offered in the second round, and everyone is invited to stay for refreshments following chanting.

On Thursday, there is sometimes a special ceremony following one or two rounds of zazen. These are always marked on the calendar. When there is no event marked, there are three 35-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin.

Private Instruction with a senior student is offered on Friday evenings.

Informal In-Person Sittings

The zendo is open for members to come and sit informally any time outside of formal sittings. In addition, you are invited to join residents, staff, and volunteers for the informal sitting from 12:00 to 12:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Robes are not worn for this sitting in the midst of the workday.

In-Person Sittings During Sesshin

Before a 7-day sesshin, there is no formal sitting on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

While we’re in sesshin at Chapin Mill Retreat Center, the normal sitting schedule continues at Arnold Park though without chanting, dokusan, group instruction, and Private Instruction.

On the Sunday morning after sesshin, we have a special breakfast at Arnold Park for sesshin participants, and sitting beforehand is informal.

The regular schedule resumes on Monday evening following sesshin.

Workday Schedule (Tuesday through Saturday)

5:30 am Wake-up bell (Saturday 5:45)
6:00 – 7:15 Zazen
7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast in dining room (signaled by 3 strikes on the block)
8:00 Work begins with brief meeting in dining room
10:00 -10:15 Tea Break
10:15 -12:00 Work
12:00 -12:30 pm Informal Zazen (Tuesday – Saturday)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Break
1:30 – 3:30 Work
3:30 – 3:45 Chanting (Bell and Block on Tuesdays & Saturdays)