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Sitting Meditation & Sesshins

One-day Sittings

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 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.


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.

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.

Sunday Beginners' Sitting, CC 5/18
Select Sundays, 9 am - 4:30 pm

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

Saturday Half-Day Sitting: The Four Divine Abidings, CC 5/31
with Shosan Victoria Austin and Shinki Mark Lancaster
in the City Center Buddha Hall
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:30 - 4:30 pm

This half-day sitting will include zazen, yoga, chanting, a short talk, tea and discussion aimed at deepening our study of the Four Divine Abidings: friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

Three-Day Sesshin 2014, CC 6/19-21
led by Shosan Victoria Austin and Shinki Mark Lancaster
Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21
(Begins Wednesday evening, June 18)

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

Sunday Beginners' Sitting, CC 8/24
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.

Seven-Day Rohatsu Sesshin 2013, CC 12/1-7

The seven-day rohatsu sesshin commemorates Buddha's enlightenment and closes the Fall Practice Period.