Programs and Classes

Intro to Zen Classes (Getting Started)

Daily Meditation

Sesshin (Zen Meditation Retreats)

Zazenkai (All-day Sittings)

During zazenkai, we are able to let go our daily concerns and enter deeply into our practice. Zazenkai includes extended blocks of meditation (zazen), along with teisho (Dharma talk), chanting, and kinhin (walking meditation). Lunch is also provided. Participants should have some prior experience practicing zazen, whether at the ZCD or another Zen center. To register, please go to or contact the office.

Teisho (Dharma Talks)

Teisho literally means “presentation of the shout”; it is the teacher’s direct presentation of the Dharma. Teisho are usually offered the first Sunday of each month and during zazenkai on the fourth Sunday. We will begin with two rounds of zazen, followed by a short chanting service and then the talk. If you have not previously practiced at the ZCD, please see our Getting Started page (link above) before attending.

Family Dharma

Our Family Dharma program provides a space for mindfulness and Zen practice for the whole family by integrating mindfulness practices into shared daily life while building and deepening the understanding of these principles. The program is directed toward families with children between 8 and 16 years old; younger children are welcome with the understanding that activities and teachings are created with this age range in mind. No reservation is needed, and there is no set fee. Family Dharma is offered the second Sunday of each month from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Mindfulness Saturdays

The ZCD offers mindfulness workshops on a variety of topics on the third Saturday of each month. Please check our events page to view upcoming events, register or find out more.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Yoga can be a useful adjunct to Zen practice, preparing the body for meditation, embodying awareness in movement and stillness, and arousing our energy and vigor.

Currently yoga is offered each Monday from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the multipurpose room. This level 1 class focuses on finding proper alignment in basic yoga asanas (poses) to develop stability, strength, balance and awareness within the ceaseless flow of the breath. All are welcome. There is no set fee, but a donation of your choosing is much appreciated. The class is led by ZCD office manager and resident caretaker Joel Tagert (RYT 200).

Peace Meditation

Each Monday following yoga from 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., ZCD members Linda Hardesty and Dennis Sienko are offering a short peace meditation. This breath-based guided meditation encourages participants to settle into their natural sense of calm and well-being. Free and open to all.

Buddhist Recovery Group

Each Monday evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m., we will first have twenty-five minutes of meditation followed by a group discussion supporting recovery from drugs and alcohol. Please note that this is not an AA meeting. All are welcome.


Samu is work practice: attention in the midst of activity. The second Saturday of each month we meet from 9 a.m. – noon for a morning of zazen and mindful labor; the morning also includes a tea ceremony and meal eaten in the traditional Zen style of oryoki. The suggested donation for samu is $10; please register in advance on or contact the office.


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