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Sunrise Zazenkai

Sunrise Zazenkai

Led by Doug Jacobson & Eric Remington


"First Saturday" Zazenkai is a full day immersion into intensive, silent practice, deepening our Zen meditation. Our special Sunrise Zazenkai 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, before returning for breakfast and the start of our traditional Zazenkai schedule.

If you're thinking about attending a sesshin or extended retreat, Zazenkai is a wonderful way to discover the basics of intensive practice. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

COST: There is no fee for attending Saturday Zazenkai, which is freely offered, though dana (donations) are always appreciated, and may be made on our DONATE page.

All are welcome to join us 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.

Please email or call (408-741-9562) for more information.

Sunrise Zazenkai Schedule
(subject to minor change)

Please meet at the Community Bldg by 6:00 am
for our walk to the ridge for sunrise zazen.

6:00 arrive at Jikoji Community Building
6:10 Walk to the ridge
6:30 zazen on ridge
7:07 sunrise
7:10 Return to Jikoji
7:30 Breakfast / Cleanup / Break
9:00 zazen
9:40 kinhin
9:50 zazen
10:20 outdoor Kinhin
11:20 gather edibles for salad
12:00p Lunch in Residents’Kitchen
cleanup - break
2:00 Dharma discussion
3:30 zazen in Small Zendo
4:10 kinhin
4:20 zazen
5:00 closing
6:43 sunset - please stick around if you like!

Earlier Event: October 28
Science & Buddhism
Later Event: November 7
Nature Sesshin–Fall 2018