Online Zendo

Here is the place; here the way unfolds. — Eihei Dōgen Zenji

Enter Online Zendo


Online ZendoWelcome to San Francisco Zen Center's Online Zendo. A variety of zendo-related events are hosted here. They are open to all and require no registration. See Online Zendo Schedule below.

  • Zazen Meditation – Monday through Friday morning and evening; Saturday morning
  • Dharma Talks – Wednesday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning
  • Ceremonies – daily service follows meditation; other ceremonies appear on the main calendar, usually follow morning or evening meditation, and are announced by the Zoom host
  • Meditation Instruction – offered live Saturday morning, 8:10 – 9:10 am PT. Also, please see our archive of recorded instruction sessions.
  • Online Sangha Practice Sessions with Abbot David Zimmerman are on hiatus during the Fall Practice Period. Recordings of previous sessions are available on this web page.
  • NOTE: The morning zazen and service schedule was modified as of Wednesday, September 30, for the duration of the Fall Practice Period.

The schedule and details about the Online Zendo offerings are listed below.


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The online zendo meets using Zoom video conference technology. You can enter the online zendo using Zoom video conferencing on desktop computer, ipad, mobile devices, and phone.


Join the Online Zendo using Zoom

With computer or mobile device:
Meeting URL
Meeting ID: 264-616-8381
Passcode: 805991

By phone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Find your local number
See Tips for Using Zoom


Please review these documents:
Online Zendo Forms
Online Zendo Guidelines & Etiquette


Online Zendo Schedule


Zazen and Service

Monday – Friday: During the Fall Practice Period
5:35 - 5:50 am Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:50 am open zazen
5:50 - 6:50 am Zazen (60-minute period with an interval as indicated below)
   5:50 - 6:15 am Zazen
   6:15 - 6:20 am Interval (indicated by a small bell at beginning and end; this is a time that can be used for stretching, standing, or adjusting one's zazen posture)
   6:20 - 6:50 am Zazen
At 6:50 am Single bell followed by Robe Chant (shown in the Zoom chat window)
6:50 - 7:05 Short service including bowing & chanting*
  *Chants will be available in the Zoom chat window; please have that open so you can follow along
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
5:15 - 5:30 pm Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:30 pm open zazen
5:30 - 6:10 pm Zazen (40 min)
  No evening service at this time
Thursday
5:15 - 5:30 pm Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:30 pm open zazen
5:30 - 6:30 pm Practice Session with Guest Teachers
  These interactive practice sessions include 25 minutes of zazen, a dharma reflection or encouragement from the teacher, and an opportunity for group practice sharing and discussion.
Saturday  
6:15 - 6:30 am Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 6:30 am open zazen
6:30 - 7:00 am Zazen (30 min)
7:00 am Single bell followed by the Well-Being Ceremony (chant and names will show in Zoom chat window)
8:10 - 9:10 am Zazen / meditation instruction; offered live most Saturdays — see our archive of recorded instruction sessions
9:25 - 10:00 am Zazen (35 min)
Sunday  
5 - 6 pm Practice Session with Abbess Furyu Nancy Schroeder
  This session features 20 minutes of zazen, a brief Dharma reflection from the abbess, and an opportunity for group interactive discussion.


Upcoming Ceremonies - Refer to the calendar

Dharma Talks

Wednesday  
7:30 - 7:45 pm Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 7:45 pm begin the talk
7:45 - 8:30 pm Dharma Talk
   
Saturday  
10 - 10:15 am Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 10:15 am begin the talk
10:15 - 11 am Dharma Talk
11 am Q&A
   
Sunday  
10 - 10:15 am Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 10:15 am begin the talk
10:15 - 11 am Dharma Talk
11 am Q&A