Weekly Practice

Our Nickerson St. Zendo

We're located on north Queen Anne, along the ship canal

      Each moment of zazen is equally wholeness of practice, equally wholeness of realization.  This is not only practice while sitting, it is like a hammer striking emptiness: before and after, its exquisite peal permeates everywhere.

Eihei Dōgen

Sunday Mornings

9:30am - 11:30am
Nickerson St. Zendo

Our Sunday practice includes sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a Dharma talk, and a brief Zen chanting service (liturgy). Newcomers are welcome anytime. If you are a first time participant, please arrive by 9:10. 

On most mornings, Jeff will offer dokusan during this time. Dokusan is a one-to-one meeting with the teacher around any aspect of practice. You can sign up when you arrive.

We offer an Intro to Zen Practice on the first Sunday of every month at 8:30am.

TUESDAY EVENINGS

6:15pm - 8:45 pm
Nickerson St. Zendo

We are happy to introduce a new format for our community practice on Tuesday evenings. Please see the schedule below. You are welcome to begin at 6:15 or at 7:30. 

This is an experiment, at least through the end of the year. We want to offer a simple, quiet zazen practice and a lively teaching and discussion practice. You can attend both parts of the evening or just the part that best suits your schedule and practice. We will continue to offer dokusan with Eko Jeff during the first hour on most evenings. The teaching circle will take the place of our usual class offerings. Eko Jeff will usually lead the teaching circle, but we hope many senior sangha members will play a greater role, making brief presentations and leading discussions. Topics will change monthly. See individual calendar entries.

We still encourage you to commit to studying a certain topic for a defined period, but you won’t have to register in advance. We plan to have supplemental material available via the website when appropriate. There will be a suggested donation for the teaching circle of $10 per evening for non-members. Members will be encouraged to increase their monthly contribution.

Study topics will rotate among ten areas of practice. Though the particulars of the teaching will vary each time a topic is taken up, over the course of any year a practitioner will be able to acquire some familiarity with a broad spectrum of practice and teaching.

Come give it a try.

Tuesday Evening Schedule
6:15      
Zazen
6:40
Kinhin
6:50
Zazen
7:15
Chant Bodhisattva Vows
7:20
Interval for comings and goings
7:30
Teaching Circle: Brief presentation on monthly theme followed by discussion/ activity/small groups
8:15
Zazen
8:30
End evening, clear zendo.

 

Find upcoming practice sessions