Wednesday, November 7 - Sunday, November 11. We invite you to find stillness in the woods that cradle our temple. Our schedule features several outdoor excursions along our paths, alternating with periods of zazen and walking meditation with tea and a Dharma discussion. Nature Sesshin begins Wednesday, November 7, and will conclude Sunday, November 11, with our regular Jikoji Sunday Program, where sesshin guide Eric Remington will be giving the Dharma Talk. Buffet meals are included. Overnight accommodations are available. More information.



Saturday, November 3, 6 am to 5 pm. "First Saturdays" Zazenkai is a full day immersion into intensive, silent practice, deepening our Zen meditation. Our day begins with a gentle pre-dawn walk to the ridge top, where we'll sit outdoor zazen (sitting meditation) and help the sun come up over the Santa Cruz Mountains, then return for breakfast and the start of our traditional Zazenkai schedule. All are welcome for all or part of the day. Or make it part of an extended weekend, with our Sunday Program and reserve a room with us. More information



Sunday, Dec 2 - Sunday, Dec 9. Rohatsu Sesshin is the traditional winter sesshin commemorating Buddha's enlightenment. As in recent years, Rohatsu will begin with the usual practice – zazen, kinhin, talks, service, chanting, tea – followed by days of more silent and intensive practice. Rohatsu brings us an opportunity to practice together. Traditionally, in various traditions, the first days of December are marked as a special period for celebrating or intensive practice, and many sanghas all over the world are practicing at this time. 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.