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2014

April
20 Well Being Service
25 Night Shelter Cooking
27 Dharma Talk with Gene

May
1-3 Sesshin with Gene
4 Dharma Talk with Gene
9 Night Shelter Cooking
11 Poetry Sunday
13 Full Moon Ceremony
18 Well Being Service
23
Night Shelter Cooking

June
1 Dharma Talk with Gene
8 Dharma Talk with Gene
10 Full Moon Ceremony
13
Night Shelter Cooking
15 Well Being Service
15
Poetry Sunday
27 Night Shelter Cooking
27-28 Family Friendly Sesshin
29 Dharma Talk with Gene

July
6 Dharma Talk with Gene
8 Full Moon Ceremony
11
Night Shelter Cooking
13
Poetry Sunday
20 Well Being Service
25 Night Shelter Cooking

August
8 Night Shelter Cooking
10
Poetry Sunday
12 Full Moon Ceremony
17 Well Being Service
22 Night Shelter Cooking
31 Dharma Talk with Gene

September
7 Dharma Talk with Gene
9 Full Moon Ceremony
12
Night Shelter Cooking
14
Poetry Sunday
21 Well Being Service
26 Night Shelter Cooking
26-27 Sesshin with Gene
28 Dharma Talk with Gene

October
10 Night Shelter Cooking
12
Poetry Sunday
14 Full Moon Ceremony
19 Well Being Service
24 Night Shelter Cooking

November
2 Dharma Talk with Gene
9 Dharma Talk with Gene
11 Full Moon Ceremony
14
Night Shelter Cooking
16
Poetry Sunday
16 Well Being Service
28 Night Shelter Cooking
28 Dharma Talk with Gene

December
1-6 Rohatsu Sesshin with Gene
7 Dharma Talk with Gene
9 Full Moon Ceremony
12
Night Shelter Cooking
14
Poetry Sunday
21 Well Being Service
26 Night Shelter Cooking

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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.
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~~ 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 in Arcata, as well as introductory classes in zen meditation and zen philosophy. The AZG also sponsors sittings in Westhaven and Eureka. To learn more about sitting with us, please see the Beginner's Handbook.

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For a full list of sittings, times, and locations, including directions to Rin Shin-ji (Forest Heart Temple),
click on sitting schedule in the navigation box to the left.



Here is a link to the documents about our
March to May 2014 practice period:
March-May-2014-Practice-Period.pdf

Here is a link to the documents about our
March to May 2014 practice period:
March-May-2014-Practice-Period.pdf

Rin Shin-ji Voices for 2012. Check out articles, photos, artwork, and poetry from Maylie Scott, Lynda McDevitt, Bill Devall, Michael Quam, Gael Hodgkins, Karen Mueller, Judith Louise, Barbara Madaras, Jack Miller, Melanie Dabill, Toby Griggs, and Suzanne. Enjoy!

Our Adobe Acrobat pdf Printable Membership Form is Here

Explore Work Practice Opportunities with the AZG.





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


Daily, Weekly, and Sesshin Sitting Schedules and Locations
Click here for extended sitting schedule, maps and directions.

Sunday Mornings
The Arcata Zen Group meets at the North Coast Aikido, located off the public parking lot on F Street between 8th and 9th streets, Arcata. Zazen meditation begins at 8:00am and it can be helpful to arrive a few minutes early if possible.  Kinhin is between 8:30 and 8:40am and can be a decent time leave or arrive for the second period of zazen at 8:40am.  Service is at 9:10am and readings and discussion or Teacher talks follow.  On the second Sunday of the month, the Sangha shares poetry and other readings brought in by individuals.

Weekday Sittings & Sesshins
Weekday mornings sittings are held at Rin Shin-ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Friday. Zazen meditation begins at 6:10am and service at 6:50am.

Weekday evenings sittings will be held at Rin Shin-ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Thursday. Zazen meditation begins at 5:30pm, ending at 6:10pm Wednesday and Thursday and service at 6:10pm Mondays and Tuesdays.

Eureka: There is zazen every Wednesday from 6 to 7PM at the Wed's 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. Newcomers please come five minutes early. For more information call Marie 845-8399 or email barryevans9@yahoo.com

Sesshins are held regularly with the Arcata Zen Group at Rin Shin-ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata.  Sesshins are full day or several days of sitting held every month or so throughout the year and are often led by a Zen priest or Teacher.  We advertise these and post them on our website calendar.  It is recommended to register a week or more in advance if one is planning to attend.  * Normal weekly sitting schedules may be altered when there is a sesshin.




Ongoing Activities


The AZG has been active since the 1970s. Over the years, we have deepened our sangha practice through our commitment to each other and the greater sangha around us. Currently, sangha members are engaged in an active zazen and sesshin schedule, inviting visiting teachers for sesshin and dharma study, tending both the grounds around Rin Shin-ji and our growing library, and various community projects, including prison and jail outreach and the Humboldt Area chapter of the BPF (Buddhist Peace Fellowship). To learn more about the origins of the AZG, click on history to the left.

Upcoming Events at the AZG include dharma talks, way-seeking mind talks, sesshins, and meetings. You will find these listed in the upcoming events box to the left. To learn more about the events listed, click on the links.

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

Maylie Scott Roshi, our teacher and 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 section in the navigation box to the left.




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