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Zazen Gatherings

Daily "zazen" (Zen meditation) is the foundation practice of Zen life. Zazen with others inspires and helps stabilize our practice. Some Sundays and some Wednesdays are scheduled for zazen gatherings. Beginners are welcome at Sunday Zazen Gatherings, at which time there is zazen instruction. Thereafter attendance at other times is also possible. Please contact the Zendo for specific dates



9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Beginners are welcome as well as those with zazen experience. Zazen/ zazen instruction, chanting, kinhin walking Zen, and Dharma talk sometimes. Tea afterwards. Vegetarian snack offerings are welcome but not required.





6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Chanting, zazen, kinhin walking, and prostrations. Short tea afterwards. 


The residents' daily morning and evening zazen schedule is open to those who have attended an initial zazen instruction, cannot make it to the zazen gathering times, or would like to intensify their daily practice. Please contact the Zendo for current days and times.

Zazen periods at gatherings are approximately 25 minutes, followed by 20 minutes, with a short optional standing break in between. It is also possible to sit through the break, making the whole sitting 45 minutes. Zazen periods are followed by approximately 10 minutes of "kinhin" Zen walking.

What to expect?  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to be seated in the zendo before the period begins, anytime from 30 min. prior to starting time. Come to the house and remove the shoes before coming in. There's a sign-in book and donation basket at the entrance table. Zazen gatherings are offered on an open donation basis (members: free). There is a closet for coats. There is a rest room in the house just around the fireplace. The zendo (zazen hall) building is just a few yards away. You will need your shoes again. Then remove shoes in the entry room of the zendo. You are welcome to bring your own cushion or use a cushion, bench, or chair provided in the foyer of the zendo. Enter mindfully and quietly.

What to wear:  Comfortable and loose fitting, non-form clinging clothing in solid, neutral colors, long in length, and with mid-length sleeves work well. Please do not wear tank tops, shorts, tight pants, or fragrance. The zendo can be chilly in winter months; dressing in layers is recommended. Slide-on shoes to and from the zendo are helpful.

To attend: please e-mail endless@epix.net  Dates of zazen gatherings are announced by e-mail. To receive notices of events, please let us know that you would like to be added to the EMZ e-list.


2018 Calendar

Jan.     1                           New Year's Day Zazen

            12-20                    Rohatsu Sesshin

Feb.     16-19                    Nirvana Weekend Sesshin

Mar.     18-25                    Soen Roshi Sesshin           

Apr.     3-May 15              6-Week Beginner's Zen Class (Tuesdays. No class Apr. 24)

            14                         Oxfam Benefit One-Day Sitting

            20-28                    Spring Sesshin

May     25-Jun.2               Nyogen Senzaki Sesshin

Jun.     9                           Intro to Zen Training          

            22-24                    Sangha Work Exchange Weekend

Jul.      27-29                    Gempo Roshi Weekend Sesshin     

Aug.     3-5                        Obon Work Exchange Weekend

            4                           Obon Lantern Ceremony of Remembrance

Sep.     Aug.31-Sep.5       20th Anniversary 5-Day Sesshin

Oct.     1-31                        Interim Period      

Nov.    3-Dec.9                Thanks Giving Food Drive

            4                           One-Day Sitting

Dec.     Nov.30-Dec.8       Buddha's Enlightenment Sesshin

            31                         New Year’s Eve Candlelight Ceremony

Jan.     11-19                    2019 Rohatsu Sesshin

For registration or to be added to the EMZ e-list:  please e-mail: endless@epix.net


Suggested Donations:

Guest Residency: $75/1st day, then $50/day. ($45/day - 8 days or more)

Intro to Zen Training:  $50. (students: $30)

Kessei - 1 month: $1,200. (members: $1,000.)

New Year's Eve Candlelight Ceremony: Open Donation Basket

Obon Lantern Ceremony: Open Donation Basket.

One-Day Sitting: $50. (members: $35.)

Overnight Prior to Event: $60. (members: $45.)

Sesshin - 5-Day: $315. (members: $280.)

Sesshin - 2019 Rohatsu: $465. (members: $415.)

Sesshin - Weekend (Gempo Roshi): $205. (members: $180.)

Sesshin - Weekend (Nirvana): $245. (members: $220.)

Sesshin - Weeklong: $435. (members: $390.)

Work Exchange Weekend: Work Exchange with Open Donation Basket.

Zazen Gatherings:  Open Donation Basket (members: free)


Consideration is made for students and hardship situations.

All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Endless Mountain Zendo is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.



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