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Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
Full Moon Ceremony
Poetry Sunday
18 Well Being Service
30 - Oct 1 Sesshin w/ HSU

Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
2 Study Intensive Class
Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
9 Study Intensive Class
Full Moon Ceremony
Poetry Sunday
16 Well Being Service
Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
30 Study Intensive Class

3, 4, 5 Sesshin
Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
6 Study Intensive Class
Full Moon Ceremony
Poetry Sunday
20 Well Being Service

Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
9/10 Rohatsu Sesshin
Dharma Talk w/ Eugene Bush
Full Moon Ceremony
Poetry Sunday
18 Well Being Service
31 New Year Eve Ceremony


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Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet nor is the water broken.
The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected
in dewdrops on the grass, or even
in one drop of water.
~~ Eihei Dogen, from the Genjo Koan

The Arcata Zen Group is a Soto Zen Buddhist Sangha practicing on the North Coast of California.
We welcome anyone who wants to learn about and practice the Buddha's teachings.
We offer a daily and weekly Sangha sitting schedule as well as retreats,
celebrations and sesshins in Arcata & Eureka.

The Beginner's Handbook has AZG practices & sutras.

Forest Heart Temple
Rin Shin ji

740 Park Ave., Arcata CA


Eugene (Gene) Bush - Ryu Shin Fu Gan
   Our part time residential Dharma Teacher

2016  Teachers at AZG                


Jan 29- Feb 8 Gene Bush

[• March- May: 10 week Practice Period:]

Feb 26- March 7 Gene Bush

April 1- April 11 Gene Bush

April 29- May 9 Gene Bush

May 27- June 6 Gene Bush

June 17,18,19 Mark Lancaster

July 1- July 11 Gene Bush & Cathy Toldi

July 27-31 Alan Senauke

Aug 5,6,7 Gene possible Interim visit

Sept 2-12 Gene Bush

[• Sept-Nov: 6 week Study Intensive:]

Sept 30- Oct 10 Gene Bush

Oct 28-Nov 7 Gene Bush

Dec 2-11 Gene Bush

January 10– general meeting

Feb: Parinirvana

March: Mahapajapati memorial

March 4/5 Sesshin

Practice Period Classes:  Sundays
          2/28, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 5/8

April 10: Buddha’s Birthday
                  With Jukai

May 6/7 Sesshin – family friendly

May 7: Maylie memorial at close of sesshin


Sept 30-Oct 1 Sesshin INCLUDES HSU Religious studies students; Includes live feed with Pelican Bay?

Oct 26 & 29 Alternate dates for HSU

Study Intensive classes: Sundays

          10/2, 10/9, 10/30, 11/6

Sept: Dogen and Keizan memorial

Oct: Bodhidharma memorial

Nov: Sejiki

Nov 3,4,5 Sesshin

Dec 9/10 Rohatsu Sesshin/
           Buddha’s awakening;

Dec: Suzuki memorial & annual memorial for Sangha who have passed

Jan: New Year’s fire


Weekly Sitting Schedule


Sunday Mornings
The Arcata Zen Group meets at the Trillium Dance Studios at 855 8th St, Arcata, CA 95521, next to the Arcata Post Office, a half a block from the northwest corner of the plaza. It is recommended to arrive at sits a few minutes early so as to be seated before the bells are rung for zazen.

Weekday mornings sittings are held at Rin Shin ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Friday

6:00am Zazen
6:50am Service

Weekday evenings sittings will be held at Rin Shin ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Thursday

5:30 to 6:10pm


There is zazen every Wednesday from 6 to 7PM, beginners please arrive by 5:55 pm at the First Methodist Church, 520 Del Norte Street, Eureka, California.  Enter single story building between F & G on Sonoma St. Room 10.  

Events at the AZG include dharma talks, way-seeking mind talks, sesshins, celebrations and meetings. You will find these listed in the calendar area to the top left of this page. Some of the calendar items are links you can select to learn more about the event listed.

Our Regular Activities page has descriptions of our Practice Committee, Board Meetings, Pelican Bay, Humboldt County Jail, Night Shelter Cooking, Full Moon Ceremony, Well Being Service, Poetry Sunday and New Year's Eve Ceremony.



Beginners and experienced students are welcome.  If you are new to zen practice, please call 826-1701 or email link to info@arcatazengroup.org to arrange a convenient time for a brief orientation and instruction in zen meditation.

Rin Shin ji Voices for 2013 & prior are available for your enjoyment.
There are articles, photos, artwork, and poetry from Sangha members.

Our Adobe Acrobat pdf Printable Membership Form is Here



Explore Work Practice Opportunities with the AZG.

Contact Information, under the Contact Info link, includes email, mail, phone, and directions to Rin Shin ji.

Eugene (Gene) Bush - Ryu Shin Fu Gan is the Arcata Zen Group'spart time residential Dharma Teacher. Eugene began formal practice in 1982 and received Dharma transmission from Katherine Thanas in 2010. Gene currently serves as the Administrator of Santa Cruz Zen Center. He also teaches the traditional practice of sewing Buddha’s Robe (rakusu and okesa). His paid work is as a teacher in a public alternative high school in Santa Cruz, California. He is interested in the ways in which formal practice trains us for everyday life.

Maylie Scott Roshi, the founding abbess of Rin Shin ji, Forest Heart Temple, passed away in 2001. Maylie had been on the Board of Directors of the BPF, involved in anti-nuclear issues, a founder of and mentor for BASE (Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement), and was active both in Berkeley and Arcata in prisoner advocacy work. To learn more about this remarkable teacher, visit the Memorial page dedicated to Maylie and her family. A selection of her dharma talks can be found in the Dharma Talks page.


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