Arcata Zen Group
Rinshin-ji ~ Forest Heart Temple



Arcata Zen Group is 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 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.


Contact us if you have questions about Arcata Zen Group's Covid policy.

Special Events

Class series for Jukai candidates

on these Sundays: January 23, January 30, February 27, March 3


preparing for Giving and Receiving the Precepts, Jukai, on April 2

Zoom Zendo

To join via Zoom use this link: Password: 806499   

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

Zoom Help | Chant Book | Chant Rotations

Meditation Schedule

Meditation Schedule


6:00 am Zazen

10:00 am Zazen/Well-being Ceremony

5:30 pm Zazen (hybrid)




6:00 am Zazen

5:30 pm Zazen (hybrid)




6:00 am Zazen

5:30 pm Zazen (hybrid)



6:00 am Zazen

5:30 pm Zazen (hybrid)


6:00 am Zazen

5:30 pm Zazen (hybrid)



9:00 am Zazen

9:30 am Work Period


8:20 am Zazen

9:00 am Zazen

9:45 am Talk/Reading/Poetry

*"hybrid" events are those that are held simultaneously in-person and on zoom

*Covid-19 vaccination is required  on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday evenings, and not required on Wednesday and Thursday evenings