North County Zen Circle/ 4 Vows Sangha

Every Friday  North County Zen Circle/ 4 Vows Sangha. Led by Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma and Ji Hyang Padma. Zen practice (sitting and chanting) followed by a brief Dharma Talk on Zen, with some time for questions or commentaries. Everyone is welcome. Suggested donation $10-15. Nobody will turn away from lack of funds. At California Institute of Human Science 701 Garden View Ct, Encinitas, CA 92024 All interested in Zen-style meditation are welcome to join us.

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Sweetwater Sitting Night

Sweetwater Zen Center (map)

I am sitting meditation with Sweetwater Zen Community every Monday and Wednesday evenings. During the sittings I offer daisan (one-to-one practice mentoring). Please join us! (See the schedule below).

7:00 pm zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30 pm kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40 pm zazen
8:10 pm Four vows (chanting)

Shusho ceremony

Sweetwater Sitting Night

Sweetwater Zen Center (map)

I am sitting meditation with Sweetwater Zen Community every Wednesday evening. During the sittings I offer daisan (one-to-one practice mentoring). Please join us! (See the schedule below).

7:00 pm zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30 pm kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40 pm zazen
8:10 pm Four vows (chanting)

Shusho ceremony

North County Zen Circle/ 4 Vows Sangha

Every Friday  North County Zen Circle/ 4 Vows Sangha. Led by Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma and Ji Hyang Padma. Zen practice (sitting and chanting) followed by a brief Dharma Talk on Zen, with some time for questions or commentaries. Everyone is welcome. Suggested donation $10-15. Nobody will turn away from lack of funds. At California Institute of Human Science 701 Garden View Ct, Encinitas, CA 92024 All interested in Zen-style meditation are welcome to join us.

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 Dharma Talk at Sweetwater Zen Center

Dharma Talk at Sweetwater Zen Center

Sweetwater Zen Center (map)

I will give a Dharma Talk in Sweetwater Zen Center, This Sunday. Please come to join us!.  Right here is the schedule of the day. 

  • 9:30 am Gate of Sweet Nectar (chanting service)
  • 9:50 Zazen (seated meditation)
  • 10:15 Kinhin (walking meditation)
  • 10:25 Zazen
  • 10:50 Break
  • 11:00 am – noon Dharma talk by one of our teachers or senior students.

For New Comers: A Zen Meditation Instruction (ZMI) introductory class will run concurrently from 10:00AM – 10:50 AM in the Buddha Hall.

This weekly instruction will familiarize new students with the basics of sitting practice. After attending this class, you are welcome to begin sitting in the zendo at the regularly scheduled times. No need to make a reservation, just show up!

Northern California Teen's Retreat

Black Mountain Retreat Center (map)

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Do you know a teen that could benefit from meditation? If so, this a very good retreat designed just for them.  It is really important that young people be supported to practice meditation and healthy relationship skills. When teens learn this practice, they also learn to know themselves. In this way, a generation of wiser and more compassionate human beings is made possible. Please spread the word !!! 

 Come unplug and tune in! Participants on our retreats learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and techniques to calm and focus the mind – the foundations for success in all areas of life. We spend time each day learning mindfulness meditation — a scientifically proven practice that builds emotional resilience, inner strength and well being.

Teens also participate in small group discussions, yoga and creative workshops – including arts, nature, and mindful sports activities. And there’s lots of free time to connect with new friends in a safe and accepting space. Many hesitant teens walk away saying it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

This retreat welcomes teens from all racial/ethnic groups, sex and gender identities, abilities, and religions. Mindfulness creates a foundation for conversations that support understanding and deepen our connection to one another.

Fall Practice Period

Upaya Zen Center (map)

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I will co-teaching with Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fisher, Come to join us for 3 weeks of Zen practice in Upaya Zen Center  for Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (5-7 full days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period.

We will explore the teaching of the Chinese Zen Master Hui Neng, the 6th ancestor, lived and taught in 7th-8th century China. His important work, the Platform Sutra, has been foundational in the Zen tradition. Reading the Platform Sutra together and studying the life and times of the 6th patriarch we will examine how these teachings remain pivotal in our understanding of Zen and support our journey on the Zen Path.