Arcata Zen Group
Rinshin-ji ~ Forest Heart Temple


Arcata Zen Group is closed until further notice due to the current shelter-in-place mandate. We are continuing our daily sitting schedule and programs in an online format. All are welcome to join any of our events.

To join via Zoom use this link:

To join via traditional telephone: Dial (408) 638-0968# and enter the Meeting ID: 797 404 0675#

Online Practice Schedule

  • Weekday Morning Zazen--6:30-6:50 am, followed by brief service with the Heart Sutra

  • Weekday Evening Zazen--5:30-5:50 pm, followed by brief service with the Metta Sutta

  • Saturday Zazen and Work Period--9-9:30 am Zazen, then go work for 30 minutes – clean house, garden, wash dishes, dust books, brush the dog, prepare food, etc. 9:30-10:00 am have tea and check in with a buddy

  • Sunday Zazen and Dharma Talk--9-10:00 AM. (Zazen 9-9:25 am, then sign off; sign on again for a Sunday Dharma talk 9:30-10:00)

  • Informal groups--Monday March 30, Thursday April 2, 6:30-7 pm

  • Practice Period Classes--Sundays, March 29 and April 5, 11:30 am-1:00 pm. (Class 11:30-12; then study buddies with a particular assignment 12-12:30; return to class 12:30-1:00)




We are a community of practitioners in the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism. Our emphasis is on sitting meditation, or zazen, and the study of the Buddha’s teachings. We invite everyone interested in meditation to join us.

We maintain a welcoming and inclusive practice community. Our practice requires of us that we become aware of habitual and often unconscious forms of privilege, and then utilize this awareness to cultivate connections rather than separation. We work to assure that all people who come to practice with Arcata Zen Group are seen and heard, respected and included.

We practice settling into the present moment with our whole body, mind, and heart in meditation, as well as in everyday life. Our group offers a meditation schedule, as well as classes, retreats, ceremonies, and other events. We look forward to meeting you. *Read an Interview with Eugene Bush, Head Teacher*

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Meditation Schedule

Meditation Schedule

Weekday Mornings

@740 Park Ave, Arcata

6:00 am Zazen

6:40 am Service

Weekday Evenings

@740 Park Ave, Arcata

5:30 pm Zazen

6:10 pm Service

Sunday Mornings

@Trillium Dance Studio, Arcata

8:00 am Zazen

8:30 am Kinhin

8:40 am Zazen

9:10 am Service

9:20 am Talk/Reading/Discussion

Wednesday Evenings

@First Methodist Church, Eureka

6:00 pm Zazen

6:30 pm Kinhin

6:40 pm Discussion