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Year-at-a-Glance

All events are accessible in both the Dirt and Cloud Zendos unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 25th ~ 8:30am-4pm Pacific Time

Spring Term Student Program Ends ~ Closing Retreat

Registered term students only. The Term Student program is 2-3 months long, and is designed to help you intensify practice for a specific period of time, and to create stronger sangha connections. Click here for more information.

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Sunday, June 2nd ~ 11:15am-12:15pm Pacific Time

Jukai Ceremony ~ Formally Becoming a Zen Buddhist

Every year, we gather to witness people “receiving” the Bodhisattva Precepts and formally becoming a Zen Buddhist. If you are interested in doing this, click here for more information.

Saturday, June 29th ~ 5:30am-9pm Pacific Time

Zazenkai – All-Day Retreat

Retreat is an essential part of realizing the truth of Zen for yourself. Our Zazenkai encompasses an entire day, just like a day of sesshin (a longer residential retreat) and includes zazen, chanting, silent work practice, formal oryoki meals, rest, and sanzen with the teacher. Click here for more information.

The Month of August ~ Tuesdays and Sundays

Sangha Voices Series

In August, our teacher Domyo takes a sabbatical and our Tuesday classes and Sunday talks are led by Sangha members! This is a wonderful opportunity for Sangha members to get to know one another better, and to hear the Dharma expressed in many different voices. Stay tuned for a schedule of classes/discussion topics/talks, and consider volunteering to offer something yourself if you have been a member of Bright Way for a year or more.

Saturday, Sept 14th ~ 8:30am-4pm Pacific Time

Fall Term Student Program Begins ~ Opening Retreat

Registered term students only. The Term Student program is 2-3 months long, and is designed to help you intensify practice for a specific period of time, and to create stronger sangha connections. Click here for more information.

Sunday, September 15th ~ 9:30-10am Pacific Time

Founder’s Ceremony

This ceremony honors our temple founder, Rev. Kyogen Carlson, and his teacher Roshi Jiyu Kennett, around the anniversary of their deaths. Click here for more information.

Tuesday Evening, September 24th - Sunday Morning, September 29th

BWZ Sesshin

Sesshin – a multi-day, residential, full-time silent meditation retreat – is a challenging but profound experience. Consider joining us! We will be renting a beautiful out-of-town facility with accomodations and a kitchen. Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 26th ~ 7:30am-4:30pm

One-Day Retreat with Mondo

Our One-Day retreats are a wonderful way to deepen connection with Sangha and settle into stillness. At the end of the retreat, we do mondo practice (a formal question-and-answer ceremony based on a Dharma text). Click here for more information.

Sunday, October 27th ~ 9:30-10am Pacific Time

Sejiki Ceremony

Sejiki is our annual Soto Zen “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.” We make offerings to the manifestations of unresolved karma in the world, and also remember people who have recently passed away. Click here for more information.

Sunday, November 17th ~ 11:15am-12:15pm Pacific Time

Annual Member’s Meeting

Please attend Bright Way Zen’s Annual Member’s Meeting! While the title of the meeting refers to “members,” all are welcome to attend. The purpose of this meeting is to create an opportunity for everyone to hear an update from the Board of Directors regarding various topics of interest and to discuss questions and ideas from all attendees. Click here for more information.

First Week of December

Rohatsu Sesshin

Bright Way Zen does not hold its own Rohatsu sesshin at this time, but members are strongly encouraged to participate with another Sangha. Rohatsu is the deepest, quietest sesshin of the year, and it’s practiced by Zen communities all over the world in early December. Domyo attends the sesshin at Great Vow; to join her, stay tuned for information on their Rohatsu by clicking here.

Saturday, December 21st ~ 8:30am-4pm Pacific Time

Fall Term Student Program Ends ~ Closing Retreat

Registered term students only. The Term Student program is 2-3 months long, and is designed to help you intensify practice for a specific period of time, and to create stronger sangha connections. Click here for more information.

December 23rd - January 1st

Holiday Break

Bright Way is on holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s, but there are usually a few practice events you can tune into during the break.