Zen Talks

Zen talks are open to the general public on selected Sundays. They are preceded by two rounds of zazen and a short chanting service. One can attend the full Sunday program, after you have received zazen instruction (offered one Tuesday and one Thursday evening a month), or just come for the chanting and talk. There are three kinds of Zen talks:

  • Teisho: talks given by Karin Kempe Sensei, Ken Morgareidge Sensei and Peggy Sheehan Sensei are called teisho, which is a Japanese word meaning "presentation of the shout." More than a simple lecture or discourse, it is a direct presentation of Zen Buddhist teachings.
  • Dharma Talk: Dharma talks are given by senior students that are beginning to take a more prominent role as leaders in the Sangha.
  • Senior Talk: These are talks given by senior students that have begun to show genuine insight and maturity in practice.
If you wish to attend, please observe the following guidelines:

Zazen begins at 8 am. The doors are locked at 7:55, so please arrive by 7:50 am.

Talks begin promptly at 9:00 am. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. if you are only coming for the talk. Someone will meet you at the southwest door (on 31st Ave.) for orientation. No one will be admitted after 9:00. The talks conclude at approximately 10:00-10:30.
Please be aware that you are entering a temple where a meditation session is in progress. Please refrain from loud or unnecessary speech. There is no smoking in the temple or on its grounds.
Usually, there are refreshments and a time for socializing after the talks. You are welcome to join us if you wish.
Please make a donation of your own choosing. A donation box is located in the foyer.

Please see the calendar for dates of upcoming talks.