Online Zendo

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

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.

  • 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.
  • During the Genzo-e retreat, August 8 – 14, the evening schedule (PT) will be modified to 5:30 pm kinhin – 5:40 pm zazen – 6:20 pm service.

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

By phone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
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Please review these documents:
Online Zendo Forms
Online Zendo Guidelines & Etiquette


Online Zendo Schedule


Zazen and Service

Monday through Friday
5:35 - 5:50 am Opening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:50 am open zazen
5:50 - 6:20 am Zazen (30 min)
6:20 - 6:30 am Kinhin (walking meditation)
6:30 - 7:00 am Zazen (30 min)
At 6:59 am Single bell followed by Robe and Metta chants*
  *After a short pause, the chants will begin. They are available in the Zoom chat window; please have that open so you can follow along.
Monday, 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
Tuesday
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 Abbot David Zimmerman - schedule will be kinhin-zazen-service on August 11; no Dharma reflection
  These interactive practice sessions include 25 minutes of zazen, a dharma reflection or encouragement from the abbot, and an opportunity for group practice sharing and discussion.
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 - schedule will be kinhin-zazen-service on August 13; no Dharma reflection
  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.
Thursday, 7:30pm This meditation session is suspended for the time being
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