Many people have an image of Zen as something difficult when actually it is a very clear and concise teaching. The Chinese character with which the word is written means to indicate or point to the essential, underlying oneness of all things. Zen is to awaken to this principle and truth of nature and the way to realize our innate, delusion-free, peace of mind. Zen practice is to eliminate the sense of separation between the self and others that we always project.
Zazen, or sitting meditation, is central to Zen practice. It is to sit without seeking enlightenment and without rejecting delusion. Zen teachers often encourage their students to “just sit,” letting everything be as-it-is. When Buddha attained enlightenment, he was seated in zazen meditation. The same practice has been followed for over 2,500 years by the women and men who sit in zazen.
If you have never practiced zazen and would like to sit with us at Sokoji, please call Sokoji at (415) 346-7540 and speak with Rev. Kurotaki. He will set up a time with you before a scheduled zazen sitting in order to explain anything you may need to know. If you are a beginner, we encourage you to participate in the Wednesday session since the sitting periods are shorter.
We suggest you wear clothing that is loose, comfortable, and preferably dark in color. Please do not wear shorts.
Every Wednesday: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Every Sunday: 8:00am - 9:30am