Ways We Practice

Saturday Mornings

Saturday Mornings are from 9:30 AM to 12 noon and are led by Jenny. We meditate for three 25-minute periods, with walking meditation in between. There is a tea break and discussion. We learn from each others’ insights and leave room for the unexpected, sharing the ways the practice weaves through our lives.

Once a month, we call the Saturday morning “Koan Salon.” The time is the same and there isn’t much difference, except Koan Salons are led jointly by Jenny and Michael, there’s always a new koan, and sometimes the added element of an out-of-the-box exercise.

Monday Evenings

Monday Evenings are from 6:30-8:30 PM and are led by Jenny. We meditate for two periods of 25 minutes with walking meditation in between, followed by a tea break. Jenny usually gives a brief talk and participants are invited to share with her in informal conversation. For more detail visit our Calendar.

Day-long and weekend retreats

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.

Introductions to koan meditation

If you are new to meditation or to koans and would like to come to an introductory meeting, let us know. When enough people have expressed interest Jenny adds an orientation to the schedule. At these meetings, about 90 minutes long, she 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.

Supporting the Practice

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.