Arcata Zen Group
Rinshin-ji ~ Forest Heart Temple



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 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.


May 22 & 29, 1:30 pm -- Spring Class Series, continuing our study of Dogen's "Shishobo"

May 28, 8:00 -- 12:00 noon Half-day Sit

May 28, 12:30 -- Lunch and Redwood Edventure walk in the Arcata Community Forest

May 29, 3:30 pm -- Memorial for Rose Brewster - Outdoors at 740 Park with zoom option

Join us back in the zendo!

We are gradually holding more hybrid activities--simultaneously in person and on zoom. Please check the calendar for the most up-to-date information. Indoor activities require full vaccination status, except Wednesday and Thursday evening zazen, which are open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated. For indoor events: please wear a mask, sign in upon entry and follow along with the chant in silence.


To join via Zoom use this link: Password: 806499  

Zoom Help | Chant Book


June 5 -- Rev. Mary Mocine is offering the Sunday Dharma talk

July 9, 2:00 pm -- Priest ordination & reception - Outdoors at 740 Park with zoom option

September 9, 10, 11 -- Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke in residence at AZG

Daily Meditation Schedule

Daily Meditation Schedule


6:00 am Zazen

6:40 am Service

10:00 am Zazen

10:30 am Well-being Ceremony

5:30 pm Zazen

6:10 pm Service

Tuesday through Friday

6:00 am Zazen

6:40 am Service

5:30 pm Zazen

6:10 pm Service

Weds only--6 pm Eureka Sit


9:00 am Zazen

9:30 am Home-based Work Period

10:00 am Sangha check-in


8:20 am Zazen

9:50 Kinhin

9:00 am Zazen

9:30 am Service

9:45 am Dharma talk, reading or poetry