For new folks, beginning instruction is available any Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 5090 Center St. NE in Salem, Oregon. No reservation is necessary. It is suggested that you arrive at 6:45 on your first visit. Please feel free to join us!  Those attending for the first time can take a seat for our opening welcome chant and as the three bells are rung to start the first of two meditation periods, simply follow the practice leader to attend the introductory lecture. After 30 minutes you can rejoin the Sangha for walking and sitting meditation, tea ceremony, a Dharma Talk and chanting. The evening program ends at 9:00 p.m.  Everyone is then invited to help wash bowls and put away the meditation mats.

If you'd like to take up Zen study formally please see the teacher. Our recommended reading for beginners is:
Finding the Still Point by John Daido Loori 

Special Events & Announcements:

*Donations are deeply appreciated, both in person or  here online

Please join us as we practice together each Wednesday evening:

Dharma Talk Topics

March 6th:  Waiting for Springtime


March 13th:  Opening and Blooming

March 20th: First Day of Spring (no talk)

March 27th:  Cherry Blossom Viewing

Longer Retreats:

Longer retreats are key to Zen practice. Everyone is invited to join the Monday evening Dharma Van visits to Stones and Clouds Zendo (in Lake Oswego). 

Attendance at a Monday evening sit is required prior to registering for longer 

retreats. Phil is also offering ride shares to join the first Saturday sits at the Our 

Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Carlton. Dharma talks alternate between 

Brother Mark and Marcel Roshi.

Special  Notes and Events:

We offer free childcare from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. during both our beginning instruction and regular meditation programs. Please call  (503) 949-3188 or email us if you wish to attend and need to arrange childcare. With two week's notice, our volunteers are happy to provide this service free of charge.


**Private Dharma Study (Dokusan) is offered from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and during meditation from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 - 10:30 p.m. each week. Anyone who has attended beginning meditation instruction is invited to study privately. Those wishing to do so. simply place the small 3X5 card found in the left inside pocket of the chanting booklet on the floor in front of their seat during meditation times. Meetings with the teacher last 5-10 minutes, are free of charge and address what's happening in one's meditation practice & daily life.