Friday, March 29, 1 pm - 4 pm.
The teachers of the Phoenix Cloud Sangha invite all who are interested to an open Sangha Meeting at Jikoji on Friday, March 29th. It will be led by Reverend Jakko Eso, Vanja Palmers, the senior dharma heir to Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. The meeting is from 1 pm to 4 pm and will focus on sangha-related issues. More information.

Shoho Michael Newhall’s related dharma talk on “Sangha,” March 3, 2019, may be listened to here.


Sesshin is translated to mean “Embracing Mind.” For seven days you’re invited to dive deeply into silence, meditation, and mindfulness. This is an opportunity for both new & seasoned meditators to practice side-by-side. For people new to Zen, this is the chance to engage with an experienced teacher and establish a regular meditation practice. More information.


Saturday, March 30, 10:30 am.
We are pleased to announce a Jukai ceremony for Jikoji Sangha member Elizabeth Choe, led by Vanja Palmers. Elizabeth is deeply grateful to the many teachers and sangha members who have supported her on the path to taking the Precepts. After the ceremony, lunch will be provided. Dessert is always welcome! More information.


Sunday, March 31, 2 pm.
This month, our “Last Sundays” Science & Buddhism discussion will be on Self-Compassion.

Led by Ross Smith, we will be using Kristen Neff's "Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself" as our starting point. Right after our regular Sunday Program. All are welcome! More information.


Wednesday DINNER, Discussion, MEDITATION

February 8 - April 1.
Our 2019 Practice Period began with Nehan-e sesshin, and will conclude with Tanjo-e sesshin (April 1- 7). Red Pine’s Heart Sutra commentary and Kobun’s Talks on the Heart Sutra are the primary texts. Vasubandu’s Treatise on the 5 Aggregates will also be used.

Join us Wednesday at 6 pm for an informal discussion of these texts, a light dinner and tea, and evening meditation. More information.



Newly available. Precious Mirror combines Jikoji founder Kobun’s brilliant calligraphy with translations into English enface. Kobun was an instrumental figure in the transmission of Zen to America and its evolution within our culture. Although he initially came to assist Shunryu Suzuki at the San Francisco Zen Center, Kobun was enamored of the way Zen, unfettered, blossomed in new soil, and he followed it wherever it grew. For Kobun, Zen was not an institution, but the elemental nature of every aspect of our lives and existed in myriad forms. More information.



Every Sunday. Our Sunday Program is a weekly Open House – a great way to get to know Jikoji and become familiar with Zen practice. Each week, community members and newcomers alike join us from around the Bay Area for sitting meditation, a dharma talk, a social lunch, and the sense of community (Sangha). Beginners are welcome to join in meditation instruction at 10am before joining up with the regular program in the Big Zendo. All are welcome! More information.