Covid-19 PROGRAM CHANGES

Use the green links below to access our online programs

Daily Zazen (Monday – Friday) 

  • 7:30 am to 8:10 am
  • 5:40 pm to 6:20 pm

Dial-in (audio only): call 408 638 0968; enter Meeting ID: 657 798 2914

Saturday Program (same link)

  • 9:45 am: zazen
  • 10:15 am: lecture and discussion
  • We’ll end around 11:15 am
  • See our calendar for speaker schedule

Dial-in (audio only): call 408 638 0968; enter Meeting ID: 657 798 2914

Wednesday Night Drop-In Study Group

For call in: Meeting ID: 351 206 981

Details coming soon

Bi-Monthly All-Sangha Meetings

Check calendar for dates

Dial-in (audio only): call 408 638 0968; enter Meeting ID: 959 6143 3886

Young East Bay Zen Group Page

Meditation Instruction

3-Minute instructional video from Houston Zen Center’s Abbot:

Gaelyn Godwin on You Tube

25-Minute audio meditation instruction from Abbot Sojun Weitsman:

Sojun’s Roshi’s 2009 Zazen Instruction

Online Zendo Forms and Etiquette

  • Please join sittings a few minutes before the scheduled time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.
  • It’s less visually distracting to others if you  join the zoom session without video, get settled, and then start your video.
  • The Doan will ring three bells to begin zazen.
  • The Doan will ring one bell to signal the end of zazen.

Suggested Guidelines

Traditionally, to help facilitate a calm and settled space so that practitioners can attend to the moment-to-moment unfolding of experience in meditation, there are zendo practices, or forms, agreed upon and practiced with harmony in mind:

Minimize visual distractions

  • If using a desktop computer, create a practice space by clearing or covering work papers. Please be sure to not have pictures or light sources directly in front of the camera.
  • A recommended way to sit is in profile, facing away from the computer screen. This allows participants not to be distracted by the movement of other sangha members, mirroring our formal practice of facing the wall during zazen. Some choose to sit off-camera; that’s also fine.

Before zazen let the body and mind know:

  • Bow towards and away from cushion/chair. This is traditionally done with palms together.
  • Bow out, while seated, at the closing bell. Getting up from sitting, bow to and away from your cushion or seat. End the session.

Tips for Beginners

New to Meditation

We recommend using the instructional video and/or audio before joining the online zendo:

3-Minute instructional video from Houston Zen Center’s Abbot:

Gaelyn Godwin on You Tube

25-Minute audio meditation instruction from Abbot Sojun Weitsman:

Sojun’s Roshi’s 2009 Zazen Instruction

New to Zen

There are many great books available about Buddhism and Zen.  We recommend the works of our Japanese founder, Shunryu Suzuki:

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Not Always So

Also see our Recommended Reading page

Practice Discussion and Dokusan

One-on-one meetings with BZC Practice Leaders are available on phone, skype, or zoom during sheltering in place.  Please see the Practice Leader page for contact information.

Dokusan with Vice Abbot Hozan is available by contacting Hannah Meara; hmeara@gmail.com

Some thoughts about the function of Practice Discussion/Dokusan from Ryushin Andrea Thach

Tech Support

If you have questions or technical issues about using Zoom, please contact Judy Fleischman — bzcnetizen@gmail.com or Hosei Kelsey Chirlinn — kelseybrynne@gmail.com.

For general questions or concerns about BZC at this time, contact Coordinator Geraldine Oliva — gryoliva@gmail.com or Vice-Abbot Hozan Alan Senauke — asenauke@gmail.com.