Arcata Zen Group
Rinshin-ji ~ Forest Heart Temple


Our offerings are now online via Zoom in the service of public health. Please join us!

To join via Zoom use this link:

To join via traditional telephone: Dial (408) 638-0968 and enter the Meeting ID: 661 829 2899#

Password: 806499

Daily Online Schedule

Weekday Morning - 6:00-6:40 am Zazen followed by the Robe Chant, 6:40 am Service with the Formless Repentance, Refuges in Pali. M W F mornings – Makahannya Haramita Shin Gyo. T Th mornings – Great Wisdom Beyond Wisdom Heart Sutra

Weekday Evening - 5:30-6:10 pm Zazen, 6:10 pm Service. M – Song of the Trusting Mind, chanted; T – Metta Sutta, recited; W – Song of the Grass Hut, recited; Th – Maylie's Prayer for Peace, recited; F – Refuges in Pali, chant/ sing 

NOTE: Precepts Renewal Ceremonies replace evening weekday services that would normally be in the cycle on these dates: 10/16, 11/13, 11/30, 12/29

Saturday Program - 9-9:30 am Zazen, 9:30-10 am work at home for 30 minutes, 10 am tea and check in

Sunday Program - 9-9:30 am Zazen; 9:30-9:40 Service; followed by Dharma Talk or podcast or Poetry; Chant schedule: 1st Sun--Heart Sutra, 2nd Sun--Setting in Motion, 3rd Sun--Metta Sutta & Enmei Jukku, 4th Sun--Relative and Absolute, 5th Sun--Maka Hannya


Upcoming Online Events

Nonviolent Communication Class - Saturday, September 26, 4-5:30 pm

Fall Study Intensive - September 27-November 8

Informal Discussion Group - Monday, September 28, 6:30-8 pm

HSU/CR Experiential Program - Begins Tuesday September 29, 6:30 pm

PDF iconOctober_Sesshin_Schedule.pdf - Friday evening Oct 1 through Sunday morning Oct 4

Sutta Study - Tuesday, October 20, 6:30-8 pm



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