PRACTICE WITH US. The Golden Wind Zen Center offers members and visitors a broad array of opportunities for Zen practice and Dharma study. Join us for an Introduction to Zen session to get started. Then let your practice grow in a variety of ways as you discover how this simple, ancient practice can help you and those around you.
INTRO TO ZEN MEETUPS. Visitors are encouraged to begin with an “Introduction to Zen” Meetup session. These are held twice monthly. Let us know of your interest online at our Introduction to Zen Meetup page. However, a Meetup account is not required to attend! Check our Calendar for details. If attending an Intro session does not fit your schedule, an orientation can be arranged at another time. Just contact us to request this.
GROUP MEDITATION. Check our schedule and Calendar to learn about group meditation days and times. If you can only attend a portion of a session, please feel free to do that.
RETREATS. The Golden Wind Zen Center offers one-day and three-day retreats throughout the year. Retreats allow us to delve more deeply into the practice, without the distractions of routine daily life. A retreat day includes seated and walking meditation, and Dharma talks. Teachers offer kong-an interviews during the course of the day. Retreats are suitable for both beginning and experienced students, and include vegetarian meals. If your schedule does not permit full participation, you may join us for a portion of the retreat. Please ask Abbot Roy or Dharma Master Ann for more information.
INTERVIEWS. Kong-ans (Japanese: koans ) pose questions such as “Where were you before your mother was born?” and “What is spiritual light?” They open up areas of our thinking and behavior that are hidden from view, and bring us into a direct relationship with the vitality of Zen teaching.
Ji Bong DSSN (Great Zen Master) is recognized as an accomplished master of the kong-an. He offers this teaching to students on a regular basis, usually on the first Sunday of each month. “Interviews” are private, face-to-face meetings that give students an opportunity to discuss Zen practice and related life issues.
Consulting interviews with Ann JDPSN (our Dharma master) focus on personal questions and concerns about Zen practice and related issues. Consulting interviews may be requested at any time.
PUBLIC TALKS. Occasionally, we offer informal talks that address aspects of Zen teachings. Our teachers welcome questions from the audience. These talks are open to everyone, whether or not you have experience with Zen practice. See our Calendar for dates.
CEREMONIES. Our sangha celebrates two traditional Buddhist ceremonies every year: Buddha’s Birthday, and Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. We follow each ceremony with a vegetarian potluck and a sangha meeting. Whether you are a Zen student, family member, friend, or practice in another tradition, you are cordially invited to attend these events.