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Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

Daily Schedule

Click the link above to view our daily meditation schedule. Everyone is welcome.

One-Day Sittings

(See listings below.) One-day sittings offer traditional Soto Zen all-day meditation practice. Formal oryoki meals are served in the zendo. Please call or sign up in the office by 4 pm the Wednesday before each sitting. If this is your first one-day sitting, please attend the oryoki instruction at 5:00 pm and orientation at 7:30 pm on Friday.

Sesshins

(See listings below.) Sesshin means to collect the heart/mind. We spend 3, 5 or 7 days meditating, eating, and working in silence, devoting every aspect of the day to the realization of the Buddha way. All sesshin meals are served and taken in the traditional oryoki style. Please register in the office at least a week before the sesshin begins. Oryoki instruction will be offered the evening before sesshin begins, and an orientation meeting is required to open the sit later that evening before sesshin begins.

City Center Front Office contact information: Call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

Thursday Meditation, Conversation and Tea

This weekly Thursday sitting is open to all, including those beginning practice or who are unfamiliar with Zen Center forms, as well as those for whom an evening sitting is more convenient. One 35-minute period of sitting meditation in the zendo at 7:30 pm is followed by an optional question-and-answer session with tea upstairs.


Shamatha Sitting, CC 3/8

Meditation is a combination of shamatha (calm abiding) and vipassna ( insight). Shamatha practice helps tune our bodies and minds to aspects of ease, joy and abiding in the moment.

Seven-Day Sesshin at City Center, 3/22 - 3/28
led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
Sunday, March 22 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sesshin means to collect the heart-mind. Traditional Soto Zen meditation retreats include oryoki meals, daily dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers.


Sunday Beginners' Sitting, CC 5/17
Select Sundays, 9 am - 4:30 pm

This sitting is for new students and those who wish to participate in a gentler schedule.

Sunday Beginners' Sitting, CC 8/23
August 25, 2013
Sunday, 9 am - 4:30 pm

This sitting is for new students and those who wish to participate in a gentler schedule.