Classes & Retreats

Currently Scheduled Classes & Retreats

Mini Zazen Retreat

Friday March 18th, 7pm - 10pm. Join us for a mini-Zazen retreat, with periods of meditation (20-25 mins) with short breaks between. This retreat will be done in silence. No RSVP is needed, and please arrive prior to the 7pm start so we can get everyone in place before we begin. You can stay for all or any part of the retreat, we only ask that if you intend to leave during the sittings, you do so at the break.

Class Descriptions

Mini-Zazen Retreat

Every other month we hold a mini-Zazen Retreat on a Friday evening. This is an extended sitting period from 7:00-10:00pm. We will sit for periods of 20-25 minutes with a short break between sessions. We hold this retreat in silence, and weather depending will also practice walking meditation at some point through the evening. Tea and snacks are also served. Please check the schedule above for our next session.

Intro to Buddhism, Zen & Meditation

This class is designed to teach the basics of Buddhism history and core concepts, leading into the Prajna Works time period and the development of Zen. The class will also cover basic techniques to set up a home meditation practice. This is a good class for anyone who would like to know more about Buddhism, refresh or learn meditation techniques and have an opportunity to ask questions along the way.

This class covers: The beginning of Buddhism, who was the Buddha and how did he live? The core concepts behind his teachings, the migrations and spread of Buddhism after he died.The development of the Mahayana school and the development of Zen Schools Basic meditation postures and best practices (including seated and walking meditation). What to do with mind (techniques for practice) and how to start a daily home practice and questions and answers on any of the above throughout.

We book this class about every 60 days, check our scheduled events at the top of the page to see when the next one is scheduled and to be able to reserve your spot.

Day Retreats

Throughout the year we schedule a one day retreat that will features many different aspects of practice.

We start with a brief introduction to meditation practice, as well as potentially: Zazen periods for silent meditation, Qigong practice, traditional lunch (mindful eating practice), instruction on building a self-reflection practice, walking meditation (weather permitting), Dharma talks, questions and answers...and potentially more.

Check the schedule at the top of the page to see when our next retreat will take place.

Sutra Study Classes

We schedule individual classes each year to cover in detail the Sutra that are important in our practice (Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra and more). These classes are designed to explore the deeper meaning of these teachings, the history and reasoning behind them and provide on an opportunity to ask questions throughout. Check at the top of the page to see when we have our next class scheduled.

Artistic Practices in Zen

Throughout the year we provide opportunities to learn and practice various arts and expressions. From Shakyo (sutra copying / calligraphy) practice, to pottery classes, mala making and more. Check our scheduled events at the top of the page to see when we offer our next class.

Sangha Orientation

Join us after services for a brief overview of DGZ, the areas of our center, general etiquette and membership guidelines. No RSVP needed, we will announce where people will be meeting after service that day.