Meditation and Dharma Talk

It's a wonderful opportunity for first time visitors to experience the spirit of Zen practice on a weekend. For those who are new to Zen, please join us for our Saturday meditation instruction at 9:00 a.m. and Dharma talk. A delicious vegetarian buffet lunch is served at 12:00 noon in our Sangha House or outdoors under oak trees during spring and summer enjoying the warm weather.

Marrow of Zen Practice

For those who are already familiar with meditation practice or have participated in our Saturday meditation instructions, we recommend that you join us in our early morning program from 5:15 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., as it is the marrow of Zen. This pre-dawn practice captures the essence of Zen expressed in forms and rituals in the meditation hall. The depth of our being is realized with the gradual rising of the sun, the profound silence, and the discipline awakening within, as we sit in the zendo under the redwoods.


For the early morning Zen practice, you are welcome to stay overnight on Friday as part of our guest practice program which includes the entire Saturday. Members stay overnight for free (dormitory-style room, no restroom) or for fee (single room). You are welcome to participate in the entire Saturday Program or only part of it.

Families with Kids

As part of our Saturday Community Program, we welcome families with kids of all ages to join us. We have age-appropriate activities and programs throughout the year. Read more details of our family program.

$10 minimum suggested donation
Saturday Schedule

  5:15 a.m. meditation

  5:50 a.m. walking meditation

  6:00 a.m. meditation

  6:40 a.m. sutra chanting

  7:00 a.m. oryoki breakfast

  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. work practice

  9:00 a.m. meditation instruction

10:30 a.m. meditation

11:00 a.m. Dharma talk

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. buffet lunch (on hold until further notice due to covid safety guidelines)

*February & August changes to Ango Schedule.