Every Sunday (please call to check during holidays and bad weather)
Come and join us for our regular Sunday schedule. Coffee and tea are available from 8:30am onwards, and we start at 9:30am with a service, followed by zazen until 11:00am. A short break is followed by a dharma talk by Tenshin Roshi or one of his senior students, and then we share a delicious vegetarian lunch.
For first-timers, we run a Zen Meditation Instruction class which also starts at 9:30am. This is a great time to come along for your first time and learn the basics of zen practice and how you can do it. The class joins the regular schedule at 11:20am for the dharma talk and then lunch. There is a recommended donation of $15.00 for those who wish to take the class.
We have a number of instructional videos that you may find helpful either before or after visiting Yokoji for the first time. If you would like to know more about how we do things here, please refer to our videos on meditation, or zazen, and the basic forms we use.
December 8, 2013 9:30am - 1:00pm
Join us at the usual time on a Sunday for a special service honoring the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. This Sunday falls on December 8th, which is the traditional date celebrated in Japan.
December 29, 2013 5:30pm - January 1, 2014 10:00am
We will now be going ahead with the annual end of year sesshin. It is dependent on the weather being safe and the sesshin will be one day shorter than usual. A regular sesshin schedule builds up to new year's eve, when we join together for different ceremonies and periods of zazen up until midnight. The ceremonies include a fire ritual, where we gather around a small fire and burn slips of paper with our hindrances from the past year written on them. In the morning on January 1st, we gather again around the fire and burn papers with our resolutions for the new year, acknowledging the transition between the old and new year by letting go of the past and embracing the future.
Sesshin literally means "to unify the mind." Sesshin is at the heart of Zen Practice—a chance to give full attention to one's life without distraction. Participants live at the Center for the duration, following a simple yet challenging schedule of zazen, chanting services, formal meals, work practice and rest periods. Dharma talks are given daily and Tenshin Roshi, if present, offers face-to face interview (dokusan) to all students. There are sometimes visiting teachers who will also give dharma talks and interviews. Please visit the sesshin page for more information about sesshin.
For most sesshins we eat formally for lunch in the meditation hall, which is known as oryoki. If you do not have your own set of bowls, you can rent them from us for $10, or buy a set in our gift store.