Saturday, October 1, 6:30AM-4pm


with Empty Moon Zen Teachers

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a full day of practice. Full-time commitment is strongly encouraged; part-time attendance is also welcome.

DROP-IN ATTENDANCE (registration not required).

Zazenkai will take place on Zoom, via the usual Empty Moon Zen link. If you do not already have this link, please contact any Practice Leader to request it. View or download our Liturgy Book and supplemental chants here. We use this in all practice periods; and will announce page numbers. We may also share slides on Zoom for the chants, but please be prepared with the Liturgy Book at hand.

The full schedule is as follows:

6:30-7:30 am           Zazen (silent meditation) and Verse of the Kesa

7:30-9:00 am           Break for breakfast and work practice on your own

9:00-9:30 am           Opening remarks and Liturgy

9:30-10:30 am         Zazen 

10:30-11:00 am       Dharma talk 

11:00 am-Noon       Zazen and dokusan (practice interviews)

Noon-1:00 pm         Break for lunch on your own 

1:00-2:30 pm           Liturgy and Zazen

2:30-2:45 pm           Body Practice

2:45-3:45 pm           Zazen and dokusan

3:45-4:00 pm           Concluding remarks and Four Bodhisattva Vows

While we encourage you to commit to the full day’s schedule, we understand that this may not work for everyone. For this online retreat, you are welcome to attend for all or part of the day, or to come and go according to your schedule. Whenever joining, please make sure that your microphone is muted.

There is no fee for this retreat, but if you would like to make a donation to support the practice and programs of Empty Moon Zen Sanghas, there is a link at the end of the registration form. Or, see the Donate link at the top of the page here. Thank you for anything you choose to give.

Questions? Please email Tom Wardle at:

Tom [at]