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 Sittings

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 – 7:15 am (zazen & chanting)
Wednesday 6:00 – 7:15 am (zazen)
Saturday 6:30 – 7:30 am (zazen)
Sunday 8:30 – 10:30 am (zazen, chanting, teisho)

Formal morning zazen (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) consists of an hour of zazen with a bell for change of posture at the half-way point (no kinhin), followed by a 15-minute chanting service. Saturday, which starts a half hour later (6:30 am) also consists of an hour of zazen with a bell at the half-way point, but there’s no chanting service afterward.

Wednesday morning has two 35-minute rounds of zazen with kinhin in between (no chanting). Dokusan is also offered on Wednesday.

The usual Sunday schedule is a 50-minute sitting with a bell at the half-way point for change of posture, followed by kinhin, chanting and a talk (teisho or Dharma talk). Refer to the online calendar for dates of Sunday sittings, which are always marked.

Informal Sittings

Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

The zendo is open for members to come and sit informally at all times outside of formal sittings. Robes are not worn for this sitting in the midst of the workday.

Formal Evening Sittings

Monday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 – 9:00 pm (zazen)
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:45 pm (zazen & chanting)

Formal evening zazen on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays consists of three 35-minute rounds with kinhin.

Dokusan is offered on Monday and Thursday evenings.

On Tuesdays, there are three 25-minute rounds with kinhin in between, followed by a chanting service. Private Instruction is offered in the second round, and everyone is invited to stay for refreshments following chanting.

On Thursdays, 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 rounds of zazen.

There are some variations in the schedule at every upcoming workshop and sesshin (4-day and 7-day). Formal sittings are offered during sesshin, but the schedule may vary slightly from sesshin to sesshin; check the online calendar for details, or call the receptionist

Daily Training Schedule

5:30 am Wake-up (Saturday 6:00)
6:00 – 7:00 Zazen (Saturday 6:30)
7:00 – 7:15 Chanting (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
No chanting (Wednesday & Saturday)
7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast in the dining room (signaled by 3 strikes on the wooden block)
8:00 Work begins with brief meeting in the dining room
10:00 -10:15 Tea Break
10:15 -12:00 Work
12:00 -12:30 pm Zazen (Tuesday – Saturday)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Break
1:30 – 3:30 Work
3:30 – 3:45 Chanting (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Leftovers are available in the staff kitchen for residents’ evening meals.

There is no work on Sunday, though attendance at sitting and teisho is required for all trainees (as are all sittings, ceremonies and other Center activities). Brunch is served following teisho; other meals are taken in the staff kitchen.

On full workdays lunches are sometimes formal – make sure the Head of Zendo or Zendo Assistant show you what to do before you go to your first formal meal.

Monday is a day off until the evening sitting.

There is no wake-up bell on Sunday or Monday.