Saturday, (DATE TBA), 6:30AM-4pm


with James Myoun Ford, Roshi, and others

Join us monthly 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. When on Zoom, we may also share slides for the chants.

The full schedule is as follows:

6:30-7:30 am           Early morning practice period

7:30-8:50 am           Break for breakfast and work practice on your own

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

9:30-10:30 am         Zazen (silent meditation) and dokusan (practice interviews)

  • Optional meditation instruction may be offered at 9:30 for those new to Zen practice

10:30-11:00 am       Dharma talk by an Empty Moon Dharma Teacher

11:00 am-Noon       Zazen and dokusan

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

1:00-3:45 pm           Afternoon liturgy, Zazen and dokusan

  • Optional meditation instruction may be offered at 1:30 for those new to Zen practice

3:45-4:00 pm           Closing comments 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]