Dec 25th, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day at NZC

The NZC will have our normal Saturday sit on Dec 25th, Christmas Day. Come get enlightened (or at least stare at a wall in silence) before getting onto your day of presents, fruitcake, and singing in the snow.

On New Year's Eve, we will have a special service marking Dogen's 108 gateways to enlightenment.

  • We begin at 8pm, with sitting periods of various lengths
  • Starting at 10:12pm, we ring the bell once per minute, ending at 108 rings at midnight

Afterwards, we will have lights snacks and bubbly (both kinds).

New Year's Day, despite the probability of sleepiness, we will begin sitting at the usual first-Saturday-of-the-month time of 5 a.m.

Those who would like to attend both the New Year's Eve event and the New Year's Day sit are welcome and encouraged to bring a sleeping bag or blanket and camp out from midnight to 5 a.m. Zen awakening/slumber party! We will of course have coffee and/or tea to begin our 5 a.m. sit, and snacks between the very early sit and our regular sit, beginning at 7 a.m.

See you there!



No book study this Saturday, Dec 18th

Our normally scheduled book study for the 3rd Saturday (in this case Dec. 18th) will be "unscheduled" due to an NZC board meeting at 9am following the 7am sit.

Odds are, we'll skip the book study on Jan. 1st as well, and resume on Jan. 15th, but look for a follow-up announcement discussing our Dec. 15th and Jan. 1st plans.


Rohatsu Sit beginning 3 am Saturday!!!

Yes, that's right 3 o'clock in the A.M on Saturday, December 11th.  Not only will you be able to get in almost SIX HOURS of sitting, but we'll have some great snacks and goodies on hand to "strengthen" you and keep you going.  Please join us at the Dharma Center this Saturday, as we sit in the very wee hours in honor of Buddha's Enlightenment, some twenty five centuries, ago.  And if you so desire, bring whatever edibles, or drinkables, you'd like.  See you then!  


Early sit this coming Saturday!

December begins already this week. So, as usual, we will begin our sit this coming Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5:00 a.m for all those who would like to deepen their practice with two 40 minute zazen sessions before we begin our regular sit at 7:00 a.m. See you all there!


1st and 3rd Saturdays Bookstudy resuming....on November 4th!!!

Bookstudy starting up again....Bookstudy starting up again....Bookstudy starting up again....Bookstudy starting up again.....

...Please cancel anything you were planning on doing, THIS Saturday morning, from 9:00 to 10:00 am, as we will again take up "Opening the Hand of Thought", Kosho Uchiyama's penetrating insight into "jijuyu zanmai". We will resume with Chapter 6. No previous experience with NZC bookstudies is required, in fact, you don't even have to have read the book or chapter, although it is useful if you have. Come join in arguing about the most inane topics one could imagine. Highly entertainment- the perfect balance for the calm you might have felt after zazen.

We will resume our schedule of bookstudy on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month. Hey, tea, coffee and cookies, too! See you there, Little Bodhisattvas!