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AZG Calendar


September - December
Study Intensive

1 Dharma Talk with Eugene Bush

November 3rd
States of Grace:
A Journey of Loss,
Resilience and Renewal
Special showing at the Minor Theater,
Sponsored by the Arcata Zen Group.

4-7 Sesshin with Eugene Bush
8 Dharma Talk with Eugene Bush
10 Full Moon Ceremony
Night Shelter Cooking
Poetry Sunday
15 Well Being Service
27 Night Shelter Cooking
29 Dharma Talk with Eugene Bush

4 & 5 Rohatsu Sesshin
6 Dharma Talk with Eugene Bush
8 Full Moon Ceremony
11 Night Shelter Cooking
13 Poetry Sunday
20 Well Being Service
25 Night Shelter Cooking
31 New Year's Eve Ceremony


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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.
~~ 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 as well as retreats,
celebrations and sesshins in Arcata & Eureka.

The Beginner's Handbook has AZG practices & sutras.

Forest Heart Temple
Rin Shin ji

740 Park Ave., Arcata CA


Eugene (Gene) Bush - Ryu Shin Fu Gan
   Our part time residential Dharma Teacher
The 2015 AZG Practice Period brochure is available here now:

September - December Study Intensive
Study intensive information flyer and promissory page:
2015-Fall-Study-Intensive-Info.pdf & 2015-Fall-Study-Intensive-Promise.pdf

Oct. 8 - Oct. 12          DHARMA TEACHER Alan Senauke will be here with us

Oct. 9 - Oct. 10          Sesshin with Alan Senauke

Oct. 11                        Alan Senauke Dharma Talk

Oct. 12                        Alan Senauke, AZG's longtime advising Teacher, will be giving a talk entitled:                                      "BUDDHA WAS ENLIGHTENED UNDER A TREE
                                       A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE"
                                        at the HUUF Fellowship Hall on Monday, October 12th at 7pm.

Oct. 30 - Nov. 9         Sesshin November 4, 5, 6, 7
                                     The session schedule can be viewed here:

Nov. 27 - Dec. 8         Rohatsu Sesshin December 4 & 5

Nov 3 at the Minor Theater 6:30 to 8pm
“States of Grace: A Journey of Loss, Resilience and Renewal”

Ticket sales only at:  Tugg.com/events/30738 

 The profound transformation of a Bay Area family lies at the heart of this story about resilience and the healing power of community and spiritual practice. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy (Fu) Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina. 

Trailer at http://openstudioproductions.com/states-of-grace/ 

Weekly Sitting Schedule


Sunday Mornings
The Arcata Zen Group meets at the Trillium Dance Studios at 855 8th St, Arcata, CA 95521, next to the Arcata Post Office, a half a block from the northwest corner of the plaza. It is recommended to arrive at sits a few minutes early so as to be seated before the bells are rung for zazen.

Weekday mornings sittings are held at Rin Shin ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Friday

6:00am Zazen
6:50am Service

Weekday evenings sittings will be held at Rin Shin ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Thursday

5:30 to 6:10pm


There is zazen every Wednesday from 6 to 7PM, beginners please arrive by 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.  

Events at the AZG include dharma talks, way-seeking mind talks, sesshins, celebrations and meetings. You will find these listed in the calendar area to the top left of this page. Some of the calendar items are links you can select to learn more about the event listed.

Our Regular Activities page has descriptions of our Practice Committee, Board Meetings, Pelican Bay, Humboldt County Jail, Night Shelter Cooking, Full Moon Ceremony, Well Being Service, Poetry Sunday and New Year's Eve Ceremony.



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

Rin Shin ji Voices for 2013 & prior are available for your enjoyment.
There are articles, photos, artwork, and poetry from Sangha members.

Our Adobe Acrobat pdf Printable Membership Form is Here



Explore Work Practice Opportunities with the AZG.

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

Eugene (Gene) Bush - Ryu Shin Fu Gan is the Arcata Zen Group'spart time residential Dharma Teacher. Eugene began formal practice in 1982 and received Dharma transmission from Katherine Thanas in 2010. Gene currently serves as the Administrator of Santa Cruz Zen Center. He also teaches the traditional practice of sewing Buddha’s Robe (rakusu and okesa). His paid work is as a teacher in a public alternative high school in Santa Cruz, California. He is interested in the ways in which formal practice trains us for everyday life.

Maylie Scott Roshi, the 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 page.


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