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.
SSZ hosts online meditation periods six days a week. Please join our email list to receive Zoom links to attend each.
9:00am - 11:30am
Our Sunday gatherings include seated meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a Dharma talk, and a brief liturgical Zen service. All are invited and are welcome to log in or out for as much as one’s schedule allows.
Chants for our services are available here: 1st Sunday of the Month; 2nd Sunday of the Month; 3rd Sunday of the Month; 4th Sunday of the Month; 5th Sunday of the Month
8:45 Zoom session opens
9:00 Robe Chant / Zazen
10:05 Dharma Talk & Discussion
11:15. Zoom breakout rooms for socializing
6:15pm - 7:15 pm
Our Tuesday night practice consists simply of sitting and walking meditation. All are welcome, anytime.
On one Tuesday a month, we celebrate Ryaku Fusatsu, a bowing and chanting ceremony where we recommit ourselves to the practice of the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. Our ceremony takes place at 6:50pm on Tuesday evenings closest to the full moon, in lieu of a second period of zazen. Our Ryaku Fusatsu chant is available here.
Throughout the year SSZ offers classes on Dharma topics. These begin at 7:30 and are listed as separate events on our calendar.
6:00 Zoom session opens
6:50 Zazen or Full Moon Ceremony (if scheduled)
7:15 Bodhisattva Vows / Closing
7:30 Class (if scheduled)
9:00 Class ends / Closing
8:00am - 9:00am
On weekday mornings, SSZ hosts an hour of meditation, split between one formal period and one informal period for those who can’t stay the full hour. At 7:30 on Thursdays, a brief introduction is offered to those new to our practice. All are welcome, anytime.
7:30 Brief intro to zazen (Thursdays only)
7:45 Zoom session opens
8:25 Bodhisattva Vows
8:26 Announcements, break
8:35 Informal zazen period