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Sfzc Online Zendo

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As a way to practice together during the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering live zazen meetings and chant services via Zoom. Our Sunday morning book discussion group also meets via Zoom.

Your gift sustains Zen Center temples, allowing SFZC to provide these transformational teachings to thousands of people worldwide through residential training, local classes, and our online programming. With our support these temples will stand strong for years to come! San Francisco Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist community in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. We are made up of three practice centers – Beginner's Mind Temple, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and Green Gulch Farm – as well as many affiliate sanghas and a growing online community.

See the full Zoom meeting schedule below. Learn about our outdoor zazen meeting here >>
All are welcome to attend, and, of course, you may leave at any time. If you haven’t used Zoom, I recommend you check it out and download the app (mobile device or computer) ahead of time. Also below, see our Zen Zoom etiquette guidelines to assure everyone has a smooth and settled experience.

Sunday mornings
9 am zazen begins
9:30 walking meditation
9:40 zazen
10:10 chant service (find a pdf of our chant book here>>)

10:45 – 11:45 Sunday morning book discussion group>>

Wednesday evenings
7 pm zazen begins
7:30 walking meditation
7:40 zazen
8:10 chant service (find a pdf of our chant book here>>)

Tuesday and Friday mornings
6:30 am zazen begins
7:10 chant service
(find a pdf of our chant book here>> , and short verses here>>)

Sfzc Online Zendo

Join Zazen Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 187 609


Please join meetings a few minutes before the scheduled start time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.

The Doan will ring three bells to begin the first period zazen.

The Doan will ring two bells to signal the end of first period of zazen .

The Doan will sound the small bell once to signal the end of kinhin/mindful movement.

The Doan will ring three bells to begin the second period of zazen.

The Doan will ring one bell to signal the end of morning zazen.

Transition from zazen to brief service:

Guidelines and Online Zendo Forms

Traditionally, to help facilitate a calm and settled space so that practitioners can attend to the moment-to-moment unfolding of experience in meditation, there are Zendo practices, or forms, agreed upon and practiced with harmony in mind:

Minimize visual distractions

If using a desktop computer, shift the space from a workstation to a practice space by clearing or covering work papers. Please be sure to not have pictures with text or light sources directly in front of the camera.

One recommended way to sit is in profile, facing away from the computer screen. This allows participants not to be distracted by the movement of other sangha members, mirroring our formal practice of facing the wall during zazen. Some choose to sit off-camera; that’s also fine.

Minimize visual distractions for others:

Please face the camera away from any direct light sources, including candles. Many members position the camera to face an altar or incense.

Minimize audible distractions for yourself and others:

To cultivate the harmony of practicing together, please join on time.

Care well for silence in the online zendo until the closing recitation.

Mute your microphone upon entering the online zendo (if it is not already muted).

Before zazen let the body and mind know:

Bow in by bowing towards and away from cushion/chair. This is traditionally done with palms together.

Bow out, while seated, at the end of the closing recitation. Upon standing, fluff the meditation cushion, or otherwise care for the seat of practice.

Tips for using Zoom

The online zendo often opens a few minutes before zazen is scheduled to begin. New attendees, please take 10 – 15 minutes before the first sitting to become familiar with a few of the common functions. Practitioners tend to settle into the online zendo more easily after having oriented themselves.

Here are step-by-step instructions for exploring a few common functions in Zoom, the home of the online zendo.

Mute Your Audio:

Please mute your microphone during zazen if it is not already muted (to limit the background sounds that are heard by others). To do this, click on the microphone icon (conveniently labelled Mute/Unmute) found in the lower left corner of the Zoom screen. The image of a microphone with a slash indicates mute.

Adjust Your Video:

The two most commonly used controls to adjust video in the online zendo are Start/Stop Video (bottom left) and Enter Full Screen Click (top right).

Other common controls:

Chat: connects listeners with the moderator, and shows the closing recitation. Click the “Chat” button on your control bar at the bottom of your zoom window to launch the Chat box

Participants: allows attendees to see who else is in the online zendo. Click the “Participants” button on your control bar at the bottom of your zoom window to open the Participants box.

*** Important Note: Please, do not click the Share Screen button in the middle of your control bar.

Sundays, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Following Sunday morning zazen and chant service, our study group meets for one hour in another Zoom meeting space at the link below. See our current discussion topic here >>.

Join Zazen Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 831 187 609

Here is the place; here the way unfolds. — Eihei Dōgen Zenji

Welcome to San Francisco Zen Center's Online Zendo. A variety of zendo-related events are hosted here. They are open to all and require no registration. See Online Zendo Schedule below.

  • Zazen Meditation – Monday through Friday morning and evening; Saturday morning
  • Dharma Talks – Wednesday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning
  • Ceremonies – daily service follows meditation; other ceremonies appear on the main calendar, usually follow morning or evening meditation, and are announced by the Zoom host
  • Meditation Instruction – offered live Saturday morning, 8:10 – 9:10 am PT. Also, please see our archive of recorded instruction sessions.
  • Daily Schedule Modifications – The daily schedule is modified during sesshins, particularly the morning portion. For upcoming sesshin dates, please check the website calendar, which you can sort by Event Type; choose 'Sitting Meditation and Sesshins.'

The schedule and details about the Online Zendo offerings are listed below.

Support SFZC Online Programs:

Please consider supporting our practice centers and our expanding online community.
We are grateful for your support!

The online zendo meets using Zoom video conference technology. You can enter the online zendo using Zoom video conferencing on desktop computer, ipad, mobile devices, and phone.

Join the Online Zendo using Zoom

With computer or mobile device:
Meeting ID: 264-616-8381
Passcode: 805991

By phone:
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Find your local number
See Tips for Using Zoom

Please review these documents:
Online Zendo Forms
Online Zendo Guidelines & Etiquette

Online Zendo Schedule

Zazen and Service

Monday – Friday
5:35 - 5:50 amOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:50 am open zazen
5:50 - 6:50 amZazen (60-minute period with an interval as indicated below)
5:50 - 6:15 amZazen
6:15 - 6:20 amInterval (indicated by a small bell at beginning and end; this is a time that can be used for stretching, standing, or adjusting one's zazen posture)
6:20 - 6:50 amZazen
At 6:50 amSingle bell followed by Robe Chant (shown in the Zoom chat window)
6:50 - 7:05Short service including bowing & chanting*
*Chants will be available in the Zoom chat window; please have that open so you can follow along
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
5:15 - 5:30 pmOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:30 pm open zazen
5:30 - 6:10 pmZazen (40 min)
No evening service
5:15 - 5:30 pmOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 5:30 pm open zazen
5:30 - 6:30 pmPractice Session with Abbot David Zimmerman & Guest Teachers
These interactive practice sessions include 25 minutes of zazen, a dharma reflection or encouragement from the teacher, and an opportunity for group practice sharing and discussion. 2021: Not meeting 2/11, 3/18
6:15 - 6:30 amOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 6:30 am open zazen
6:30 - 7:00 amZazen (30 min)
7:00 amSingle bell followed by the Well-Being Ceremony (chant and names will show in Zoom chat window)
8:10 - 9:10 amZazen / meditation instruction; offered live most Saturdays — see our archive of recorded instruction sessions
9:25 - 10:00 amZazen (35 min)
5 - 6 pmPractice Session with Abbess Furyu Nancy Schroeder
This session features 20 minutes of zazen, a brief Dharma reflection from the abbess, and an opportunity for group interactive discussion.

Upcoming Ceremonies - Refer to the calendar

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Dharma Talks

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7:30 - 7:45 pmOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 7:45 pm begin the talk
7:45 - 8:30 pmDharma Talk
10 - 10:15 amOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 10:15 am begin the talk
10:15 - 11 amDharma Talk
11 amQ&A
10 - 10:15 amOpening Zoom and settling into seat; three bells at 10:15 am begin the talk
10:15 - 11 amDharma Talk
11 amQ&A