Sunday Community Practice

The Seattle Soto Zen community meets Sunday mornings at 9:30 at our Nickerson location. Newcomers are welcome anytime. If you are a first time participant, please arrive by 9:15. 

We offer an introductory session once a month at 8:30. See monthly practice for more information.

Our Sunday practice includes sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a Dharma talk, and a brief Zen service (liturgy)

Occasionally we will have Sangha council practice instead of a Dharma talk and service. This is an important practice of right speech and deep listening, and it facilitates communication within the Sangha. Everyone is encouraged to participate. 

On the first Sunday of the month, our service takes the form of a Well-being and Memorial ceremony. This is a special service dedicated to those who are ill, disturbed or who otherwise need special love and compassion. We also honor the lives of those who have recently died. We will have a sign-up sheet for you to list the name(s) of those you wish to include in this special dedication. On this Sunday we also collect money to donate to a local food shelf.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. We supply zabutons and zafus (cushions). We also have seiza benches and you are welcome to sit on a chair. Please be on your cushion by 9:25 a.m. There is no charge for sittings. We welcome your donation.

Sunday Schedule

  9:30     Zazen
10:00     Kinhin
10:10     Zazen
10:30     Dharma Talk and Discussion
11:10     Service
11:25     Announcements
11:30     Tea and cookies.