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 in Arcata, as well as introductory classes in zen meditation and zen philosophy. The AZG also sponsors sittings in Westhaven and Eureka. To learn more about sitting with us, please see the Beginner's Handbook.
Click here for extended sitting schedule, maps and directions.
Weekday Sittings & Sesshins
Weekday evenings sittings will be held at Rin Shin-ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata Monday through Thursday. Zazen meditation begins at 5:30pm, ending at 6:10pm Wednesday and Thursday and service at 6:10pm Mondays and Tuesdays.
There is zazen every Wednesday from 6 to 7PM at the First Christian Church, 730 K Street, Eureka (ramp entrance, to the right and up the stairs).
Sesshins are held regularly with the Arcata Zen Group at Rin Shin-ji at 740 Park Ave., Arcata. Sesshins are full day or several days of sitting held every month or so throughout the year and are often led by a Zen priest or Teacher. We advertise these and post them on our website calendar. It is recommended to register a week or more in advance if one is planning to attend. * Normal weekly sitting schedules may be altered when there is a sesshin.
Upcoming Events at the AZG include dharma talks, way-seeking mind talks, sesshins, and meetings. You will find these listed in the upcoming events box to the left. To learn more about the events listed, click on the links.
Contact Information, under the Contact Info link, includes email, mail, phone, and directions to Rin Shin-ji.
Maylie Scott Roshi, our teacher and
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 section in the navigation box to the left.