Empty Bowl Zendo logo

calendar & events



  • March 23-26, 2017
  • Our March 2017 silent sesshin at Garrison Institute is a time we set aside to deepen our meditation practice. It offers us a time to practice with curiosity, attention and discipline so we may have more insight and awaken to the Oneness of life. Join us in this mysterious adventure of living where we can awaken to the Oneness of our life. There will be time for zazen, sitting and walking, dharma talks each day, private interviews with a teacher and plenty of time for reflection. Read more about it on our sesshin tab. To register for the March sesshin at Garrision, link to Garrison Institute's EBZ 2017 Spring Retreat.

    SPRING 2017 ANGO - "Life is Practice, Practice is Life"

  • March 26 - May 6, 2017
  • Ango, meaning "peaceful dwelling" dates back to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha when the sangha would gather before the monsoon (when travel was difficult) in order to focus and deepen practice. Following this tradition, EBZ will be holding a six-week Spring Ango, commencing at the end of the Garrison sesshin and concluding at the zazenkai on May 6.

    Our theme for this Ango will be Dogen's essay "Gengokoan". A link to one of the translations is


    If you're looking for commentary, we suggest the book "On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind" by Taizan Maezumi and Bernie Glassman. There is a copy in the zendo library. In addition to the reading, we are suggesting that participants commit to deepening their practice for the duration of the Ango, perhaps by vowing to increase time spent sitting zazen, vowing to work on generosity, or offering to take on a service role at the zendo, etc.


    We are asking for volunteers to help set up the zendo on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To sign up, access the google sheet link for March. If you have any questions, contact Michele Daniels.


    The next class begins in April. Link to our Precepts tab for more information.


    For those of you who like to plan ahead, please be aware we have changes in time and place for the September Sesshin. Instead of going to Garrison Institute in NY from September 21-24, we will be going to the Franciscan Spiritual Center in PA from Sept 28-Oct 1. Details will be announced in the spring.


    Link to the Teachings tab on our website to hear talks from this past year.


    Link here to read EBZ's year-end donation request written by Dale Spriggs.


    Weekly Zazen Contributions & Timing Details

  • A $5 contribution for zazen is requested. A basket is available at the door monthly, quarterly, or yearly contributions are accepted as well.
  • Tuesday Evenings

  • 6:00pm Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:25pm Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 6:30pm - 8:10pm Zazen
  • Wednesday Mornings **

  • 6:50am Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:55am Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Zazen (two twenty-five minute periods)
  • Thursday Mornings **

  • 6:50am Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:55am Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Zazen (two twenty-five minute periods)
  • ArrowIcon BloggerIcon AimIcon DeliciousIcon PaperIcon EtsyIcon FacebookIcon FilmStripIcon FlickrIcon CameraIcon LaunchIcon GooglePlus2Icon GooglePlusIcon HeartIcon InformationIcon InstagramIcon LastfmIcon FrontCameraIcon LinkedInIcon EmailIcon MoneyIcon ItunesIcon MyspaceIcon OpenTableIcon PayPalIcon PencilIcon PersonIcon PhotoIcon PicasaIcon PinterestIcon PodcastIcon RssIcon ShoppingCartIcon SoundCloudIcon StarIcon TableProjectIcon TheCityIcon TumblrIcon Twitter2Icon TwitterIcon TypepadIcon VideoIcon VimeoIcon WordPressIcon YelpIcon YoutubeIcon