Saturday Mornings are from 9:30 AM to 12 noon. We sit with a koan, alternating periods of silence with talk about our experience, both inside the zendo and outside in the ever-changing surroundings. Often what someone says becomes your doorway into further insight.
Most often Saturday Mornings are led by Jojen (aka Jenny), and sometimes by a TNZ regular. Jojen’s husband Michael joins her once a month.
Monday Evenings are from 7-9 PM. Usually they are led by Jojen, and sometimes by a TNZ regular. We meditate for two periods of 25 minutes with walking meditation in between, followed by a tea break. Jojen usually gives a brief talk and participants are invited to share with her in informal conversation.
John Tarrant Roshi and, sometimes, other Pacific Zen Institute teachers, visit occasionally to lead longer retreats at True Nature Zendo. If you’d like advance notice of these retreats, let us know via our contact page.
If you are new to meditation or to koans and would like to come to an orientation meeting, let us know. At these meetings, about 90 minutes long, Jojen walks slowly through all the elements of the practice. The periods of meditation are short, and everything is carefully explained. Koans are introduced in an unintimidating way and questions are encouraged throughout.
Our practice is to bring koans to life in our meditation and in our daily life. We work with a single koan each time we come together for meditation. And we see what happens. Our focus during meditation and during sharing is on what arises inside of us in each moment. Our koan is the teacher, and what arises is the teaching. As facilitator, Jojen (sometimes with the help of Michael) tries to support the holding of this focus throughout our time together.
During sharing anyone is invited to give voice to what has arisen during the meditation or in that very moment. Jojen or Michael will respond, either by just saying, ‘thank you’, or by comments designed to deepen or clarify in a helpful direction. Sometimes insight arises from what someone else says. When that happens feel free to speak up, but we encourage you to keep the focus on yourself.
When a “TNZ regular” facilitates they will simply say “thank you” after someone shared.
All meditation events are by donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds! Please visit Our Community page for more information on how we support our practice.