The Maria Kannon Zen Center is a non-profit corporation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds and faith traditions or of no faith tradition to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion. The center’s primary commitment is to offer people an opportunity to practice Zen meditation as well as promote an ecumenical haven of diverse meditation forms for practitioners. For members who wish to practice beyond meditation, the Center offers an opportunity to offer their services to the larger community and provide activities with groups of common interests.
Sitting schedule for 2023
7:30 - 9 pm
10:30 - 12 noon
Day of zen Schedule: Registration required
August 12, Saturday (8:30 am - 1:30 pm) Hybrid
September 16, Saturday (8:30 am -1:30 pm) Online
October 21, Saturday (8:30 am - 1:30 pm) Hybrid
November 11, Saturday ( 8:30 am - 1:30 pm) Online
December 16, Saturday ( 8:30 am - 1:30 pm) Hybrid
Sesshin Schedule: Registration required
Labor Day Weekend Sesshin (Online). September 1-4
Rohatsu Sesshin: December 4-10, 2023 (In person only and full time participation)
Latest from the Board:
We are no longer requiring vaccination cards or the wearing of masks at any event. We ask that each individual consider their own situation and take appropriate measures.
1. Wearing of masks is optional
2. If a person is sick or has flu like symptoms, we ask that they join virtual
3. At times, the number of people allowed in person may be limited, due to local conditions.
We will continue to follow the latest CDC guidelines and make adjustments as appropriate.
Thank you for cooperation and understanding.
Introduction to Meditation
Orientation is offered in three sessions:
1) Fundamentals of Zen Practice
2) Fruits of Zen Practice
3) Introduction to private interview (dokusan) with the teacher
The Practice of Zen
As we look around us, we see how there is so much woundedness on different levels, individual, social and ecological. Some of us may already be engaged in tasks of social change or in some form of ecological action, yet in all this we also come to realize that there is a deeper wound we each need to address. Deep within, we realize that what we seek is our own peace within ourselves, as well as with one another.
Zen practice offers very concrete guidelines toward a realization of our connectedness with mountains and rivers, with every sentient being, with all that there is. This realization of our connectedness with one another is the key to healing ourselves, and to healing our Earth.
– Ruben Habito