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Schedule of Activities

Wednesday Evening Open House

7:30 P.M. Introduction and instruction
8:00 - 9:00 Sitting (with chanting, kinhin and reading) in Zendo
9:00 Informal Tea in the Library

Weekend Meditation Retreats

Weekend sittings are usually on the second weekend of the month, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM on Saturday and 4:30 AM - Noon on Sunday. The next meditation events are Rohatsu week December 1-7, 2014 and the weekend meditation retreat on January 9-11, 2015.

    Download schedule for Rohatsu week, December 1-7.

The schedule for the Rohatsu Week, December 1-7 and December 12 is:
  • Monday December 1 to Friday, December 5:
  • 5:30 - 7:30 A.M. Morning Zazen
    7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Evening Zazen

  • Saturday December 6:
  • 5:30 - 7:30 A.M. Morning Zazen
    7:30 - 9:00 A.M. Breakfast
    9:00 - 12:00 Noon Zazen with a reading
    12:00 Noon - 1:30 P.M. Lunch Break
    1:30 - 4:30 P.M. Zazen with a reading
    4:30 - 6:00 P.M. Dinner Break
    6:00 - 9:00 P.M. Zazen with gyodo
    9:00 - 10:00 P.M. Evening Break
    10:00 - Midnight Zazen with a reading
    Midnight Tea

  • Sunday, December 7:
  • 5:30 A.M. - 7:30 A.M. Morning Zazen
    7:45 A.M. Rohatsu Ceremony
    8:00 A.M. Breakfast

  • Friday December 12:
  • Film at 7:30 P.M. The film to be screened on December 12 is: A History of Zen Buddhism, Part II: Rise and Fall, and Part III: Zen Comes West.. Admission is free. Download: A History of Zen Buddhism, Part II: Rise and Fall and Part III: Zen Comes West. screening notice.
Experienced meditators preferred. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Bring your own meals or prepare to eat out, since food is not provided, except for popcorn and lemonade with the movie on Friday night. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of any meditation block.

Contact First Zen Institute staff: FZI staff.

Zazen for members and invited guests

Morning: Tuesday - Friday 6:30 - 7:30 A.M.
Evening: Wednesday 8:00 - 9:00 P.M.