About the Daily Meditation (Zazen) Schedule

The daily practice schedule is open to the public by donation. If you are new to Zen Buddhism or the Center, you may want to attend the one-time Introduction to Zen Meditation class before you begin coming to these regularly scheduled meditation sessions.

Zazen ("seated Zen") is traditional Zen Buddhist meditation, and the primary type of meditation that you'll find at MZMC. It is always practiced in silence, with no guidance offered.

You are welcome to join us for any scheduled period of zazen, regardless of experience. But if you're interested in zazen instruction, please join us for our Intro to Zen Meditation classes on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

You can also do some research online; here's a link you many find helpful:
http://szba.org/soto-zen/how-to-meditate/

Zazen is a form of meditation in which the practitioner does not use any specific object of meditation; rather, practitioners remain as much as possible in the present moment, aware of and observing what passes through their minds and around them. It's simple but profound, taking only a few minutes to learn but a lifetime to master.

By simply sitting, without looking for any goal or any personal benefit, if your posture, your breathing and your state of mind are in harmony, you will understand the true Zen; you will understand the Buddha's nature.
—Taisen Deshimaru Roshi

The zazen I speak of is not learning meditation. It is simply the Dharma gate of peace and bliss, the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment. It is the manifestation of ultimate reality. Traps and snares can never reach it. Once its heart is grasped, you are like a dragon gaining the water, like a tiger settling into the mountains. For you must know that just there, in zazen, the true Dharma is manifesting itself.
—Eihei Dogen Zenji

Daily Meditation Schedule

Monday through Thursday a.m.
5:45 be on your cushion
5:50 sitting meditation
6:20 walking meditation
6:30 sitting meditation
7:00 service
7:10 – 7:20 light work

Monday and Wednesday p.m.
5:50 sitting meditation
6:20 walking meditation
6:30 – 7:00 sitting meditation

Tuesday Evening Schedule
6:40 Meditation
7:00 Short Stretch Break
7:20 Meditation Ends
7:30-8:30 Introduction to Zen Meditation (Third Floor)
7:30-8:15 Tuesday Talk (Main Hall)
8:15-9:00 Tea/Social Time

Saturday a.m.
9:10 sitting meditation
9:35 walking meditation
9:45 sitting meditation
10:10 service
10:30 light work

Sunday Morning Schedule
9:10 Meditation
9:30 Short Stretch Break
9:50 Meditation Ends
10:00 Introduction to Zen Meditation (Third Floor)
10:00 Sunday Talk (Main Hall)
11:00 Tea/Social Time

The daily practice schedule is open to the public by donation. You are welcome for all, or any part of, this schedule. If you are new to Zen Buddhism or the Center, you may want to attend the Introduction to Meditation class before you begin coming to these regularly scheduled meditation sessions. To lean more, visit the Classes page.

Closed Retreat Days and Holidays

Daily meditation is suspended when retreats are in progress, except for the Sunday morning schedule (meditation, talk, and Introduction to Zen Meditation class), which takes place as ususal during retreats. See below or reference the calendar for details.

Buddhism and the 12 Steps of Recovery may still meet when the Center is closed. Check with the faciliator of the group for more detailed information. Click here for the Recovery Meeting Calendar.

Our mission is to help people experience a deep and quiet joy – a joy that arises whenever we are fully engaged in the work or play of this moment.