Classes & Retreats

Currently Scheduled Classes & Retreats

Sangha Weekend Zen Retreat

We will be holding our first retreat for Sangha members on December 9th-11th. This will be available for supporting members, and the additional cost will be $60 to cover food and supplies.

We will start on Friday December 9th at 6:00pm and prepare for our Awakening Service at 7:00 pm. The retreat participants will continue through the rest of the practice period from 8-10pm (along with any sangha members who wish to stay). Participants will spend the night Friday and Saturday at the Zendo, with the retreat concluding after service on Sunday the 11th around 12:00pm.

What to expect: A way to deepen your practice, put your regular life aside and challenge yourself. We will have periods of meditation, instruction, dharma talks, Q&A periods, simple meals (food provided), reflection and gratitude practice and the opportunity to have direct one-on-one time to speak about your personal path with Hoden Sunim.

You can sign up below and pre-donate by using this link: 2022 DGZ Winter Retreat Donation
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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 Zen & Meditation

This class covers core history and concepts in the development of Zen, from the foundational teachings of the Buddha to the establishment of Zen schools and practices. This class will also cover techniques to begin a regular meditation practice, and answer any questions along the way.

This class covers: A brief foundation of the beginning of Buddhism, core concepts behind these teachings, and the Buddha’s core teaching that influenced Zen in later centuries. The first Zen patriarchs and main figures that developed these practices and the concepts that are the foundation of Zen today. Meditation practice, positions and forms to get you started on your practice. We will also have opportunity for questions throughout.

We book this class about every 90 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 / Weekend Retreats

Throughout the year we may schedule a one day, or full weekend sangha retreat that will features many different aspects of practice.

These retreats may have a different focus, but typically there are periods of Zazen for silent meditation, Qigong practice, traditional lunch (mindful eating practice), time for self-reflection, 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.