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Zazenkai   (Due to Sesshin, there will be no Zazenkai for January 2023)

Zazenkai offers an increased period of practice to help us increase our relationship with our own deep nature. There are longer sitting periods, a full service, formal breakfast, practice Interview, a Dharma talk and work practice.

Zazenkai is offered the second Saturday of every month. Please confirm via the calendar.

Zazenkai begins promptly at 5:30 AM. So please arrive at 5:15 to prepare yourself. We will engage in noble silence throughout. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. There is a $25 recommended donation for participation.

Zazenkai Schedule

 5:30  = Asa (service)
 6:00  = Zazen
 7:30  = Breakfast/Break
 8:30  = Zazen
 9:00  = Dharma Interview/Zazen
10:30 = Break
10:40 = Dharma Talk
11:30 = Close



Zazenkai will be streamed for people outside the Portland area.  If participating from home please keep the following in mind ...

  • Everyone is encouraged to remain silent at home throughout the morning, eschewing use of computers, cells phones, radios, et al.

  • The schedule is listed above. All times,  with the exception of Asa (morning chants) are approximate.

  • Dokusan is NOT offered to online participants.

Register for Zazenkai

(Please only register if attending in person. There is no need to register if attending via Cloud Zendo.)


Sesshin is an intensive period of practice that is an essential component of living a committed Zen life. The forms and practices that help us sustain access to our deep nature extend throughout the day with multiple hours of zazen, interview (dokusan), teisho (Dharma talk) and work practice.

Winter Rohatsu Sesshin at Gwinwood

Jan. 13 at 5:00 PM through Jan. 20 Noon

Spring Sesshin at Gwinwood

April 14 at 5:00 PM through April. 21 Noon

Summer Sesshin at The Dhamma Center

July 14 at 5:00 PM through July 21 Noon

Autumn Sesshin at Gwinwood

Oct. 13 at 5:00 PM through Oct. 20 Noon


Register for Sesshin

Select an option
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