Arcata Zen Group is a community of practitioners in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism. Our emphasis is on sitting meditation, or zazen, and the study of the Buddha’s teachings. We invite everyone interested in meditation to join us.
We maintain a welcoming and inclusive practice community. Our practice requires of us that we become aware of habitual and often unconscious forms of privilege, and then utilize this awareness to cultivate connections rather than separation. We work to assure that all people who come to practice with Arcata Zen Group are seen and heard, respected and included.
We practice settling into the present moment with our whole body, mind, and heart in meditation, as well as in everyday life. Our group offers a meditation schedule, as well as classes, retreats, ceremonies, and other events. We look forward to meeting you.
Reopening update (8/30/2021)
Beginning September 1, 2021, Monday and Tuesday evening zazen in the zendo is limited to those who are vaccinated against Covid-19. Wednesday and Thursday evenings remain available for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. On all days the protocol for Covid includes wearing masks indoors, physical distancing, and not chanting in the zendo. Contact us if you have questions about Covid policy.
Evening zazen will occur in person in the zendo and on Zoom Monday through Thursday. We are calling this "hybrid" zazen. AZG programs are held on Zoom, unless noted otherwise. See the schedule below and the main calendar.
To join via Zoom use this link: https://zoom.us/j/6618292899 Password: 806499
To join via traditional telephone: Dial (408) 638-0968 and enter the Meeting ID: 661 829 2899#