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Kobun Memorial Weekend

  • Jikoji Zen Center 12100 Skyline Boulevard Los Gatos, CA, 95033 United States (map)

Join us as we spend the weekend honoring the memory of Jikoji's founder Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi. We begin Friday evening with a social dinner, then a walk to the ridge in appreciation of the Santa Cruz Mountains, so much a part of Kobun's vision for Jikoji.

Our formal program starts Saturday at 9 am with a morning of contemplative sitting. After lunch, at 2pm, we will be reading from the transcript of, treating it more like a re-enactment than a text. The idea is to come closer to the feeling of being in the room with Kobun than “studying” his words. So we will take turns, moving quickly around the room, making his words, and sometimes words that we may have forgotten we ourselves have said, come alive.

On Sunday, after our usual Sunday program and a brief introduction, we will form a procession to the memorial site and offer incense while chanting the Daihi Shin Dharani. Buffet lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday. Jikoji will be open Sunday afternoon for sitting in the zendo and enjoying the nearby trails.

Rooms are available.  

Our Schedule (subject to change)

6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 Zazen
7:40 Opening Remarks
8:00 Sunset on the Ridge at 8:20

5:00 AM Wake bell up
5:15 Walk to ridge for dawn and sunrise at 6:10
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Cleanup and break
9:00 Zazen
9:40 Kinhin
9:50 Zazen
10:20 Kinhin
10:30 Zazen
11:00 Outdoor Kinhin
11:30 Zazen
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 Break and Clean up
2:00 Kobun"s teachings - Tea
3:30 Refresh tea
5:00 Zazen
5:30 Kinhin
5:40 Dinner and cleanup
7:30 Walk to the Ridge - Sunset at 8:20
5:00 AM Wake bell up
5:15 Walk to ridge for dawn and sunrise at 6:10
7:00 Breakfast
8:30 Cleanup and break
10:00 Zazen
10:40 Kinhin
10:50 Zazen
11:30 Service
11:40 Dharma Talk and Memorial Procession
12:30 PM Lunch




Earlier Event: July 12
Nature Sesshin
Later Event: August 4
Sunrise Zazenkai