3 Day Zen Retreat/Precepts Ceremony Sept. 15-17

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Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with guiding teacher Zen Master Bon Soeng. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Precepts Ceremony 

We are also having a precepts ceremony on Sunday, September 17th at 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you do no sit the retreat. Please come join us!

2 Day Work Retreat August 19 - 20

Please join us for our annual 2 day work retreat Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day (there will be no morning or evening practice on either day). 

Feel free to come any time, but please stay for at least 1 hour. Registration is not necessary, and there will be free lunch! It is a wonderful way to help the Zen Center and talk with the other practitioners (work retreats are not silent). 

Work might consist of painting, carpentry, yard work, cleaning, etc. so please bring work clothes.

3 Day Zen Retreat July 14th - 16th

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, July 14th through Sunday, July 16th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Fundraiser 2017

Dear Friends of Empty Gate Zen Center,

We are writing to you asking support for our yearly fundraising drive. In the past, you would receive this email at the end of the year. Starting in 2017 we have moved our fundraising to the spring in order to avoid conflicts with all the other fundraising appeals we get at the end of the year.

The past year has been a good one at Empty Gate. Our Wednesday evening open house attracts many newcomers to Zen. We continue our schedule of monthly retreats and our annual 8 day retreat. Our practice offerings have grown at our satellite locations in Santa Clara, Monterey and Boise, Idaho. Each of these groups continue to offer weekly sittings. Both Zen Master Bon Soeng and Jason Quinn, JDPSN go twice each year to Boise to give public talks and lead a half day retreat.

We are asking for your support to help us continue our work. Our membership and fees help cover our general operating expenses. Your help is needed in maintaining our Temple building. We have owned the temple for over 20 years and have some large maintenance needs coming up. The roof is old and will soon need repair. We already needed to purchase a new refrigerator. Soon we will need to paint both the exterior and interior of the building.

To help us deal with these increased maintenance costs we have set up a building maintenance fund. Every dollar we raise through this fundraising drive will go into that fund. Each year we will be asking for donations to this building maintenance fund. You can help us by making a donation and future pledge for the long term upkeep of our Temple.

The Board of Empty Gate Zen Center is grateful for your participation and financial support. Zen Master Seung Sahn gave us a practice form which we strive to continue. We all work to offer the teachings as freely as we can. Empty Gate Zen Center is registered with the IRS as a religious organization so your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your generous support.

Yours in the Dharma,
 

Zen Master Bon Soeng       Jason Quinn           Marshall White             Steve Watkins 

   Guiding Teacher               Vice-Abbot       Head Dharma Teacher          Director

 

Donate online using credit card or Paypal account

 

Send check or money order made and sent to:
Empty Gate Zen Center
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

1 Day Zen Retreat June 17th

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, June 17th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 


To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

3 Day Zen Retreat May 19th - 21st

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, May 19th through Sunday, May 21st. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with guest teacher Zen Master Soeng Hyang. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Dharma Talk with Jason Quinn, JDPSN

Join us for a Dharma talk with Jason Quinn, JDPSN at our Santa Clara location. There will be an introductory talk given by Bob Horowitz followed by a talk and question and answer period withJason Quinn, JDPSN.

The talk is free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted

Date: Sunday, April 30th
Time: 10:00am
Where: Northern California Korean Zen Association (NCKZA) 2175 The Alameda (2nd floor, Suite 213) San Jose, CA 95126*

Jason Quinn JDPSN grew up in California and began practicing in 1997 with the Kwan Um School of Zen in Seattle. He resided at the Providence Zen Center for ten years where he held various staff positions, including Abbot. He trained as a monk for nine years, during which time he sat many long summer and winter Kyol Che retreats, and participated in retreats around the world. He now lives in Santa Clara, CA with his wife, son, and daughter. Jason received inka in 2015 and is a teacher and Vice Abbot at the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, CA and leads the Empty Gate Zen Center group in Santa Clara. He is also a teacher for Kwan Um School of Zen Online Sangha and travels leading retreats throughout the US. 

 

1 Day Zen Retreat April 15th

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, April 15th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 


To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Annual 8-day Retreat Feb 24 - Mar 4

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for our annual 8 day retreat February 24th - March 4th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private Dharma interviews with guiding teacher Zen Master Bon Soeng. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Limited to 25 people, priority will be given to those sitting all 8 days. Minimum of one full day. Sitting less than a full day only allowed with Zen Master Bon Soeng's approval.

3 Day Zen Retreat January 27th - 29th

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

1 Day Zen Retreat December 17th

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, October 15th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 


To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

3 Day Zen Retreat November 11th - 13th

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

1 Day Zen Retreat October 15th

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

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Retreat Info

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, October 15th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 


To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

 

3 Day Zen Retreat September 9th - 11th

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

2 Day Work Retreat August 20-21

Please join us for our annual 2 day work retreat Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day (there will be no morning or evening practice on either day). 

Feel free to come any time, but please stay for at least 1 hour. Registration is not necessary, and there will be free lunch! It is a wonderful way to help the Zen Center and talk with the other practitioners (work retreats are not silent). 

Work might consist of painting, carpentry, yard work, cleaning, etc. so please bring work clothes.

3 Day Zen Retreat July 15-17

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

1 Day Zen Retreat April 16th

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, June 18th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with guest teacher Zen Master Soeng Hyang. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) is the School Zen Master and Guiding Dharma Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen. For more info: http://www.kwanumzen.org/author/zen-master-soeng-hyang/

3 Day Zen Retreat May 20-22

Retreat is a time to look inward and investigate our experience. It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feeling, uncovering our natural wisdom and compassion. 

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, May 20th through Sunday May 22bd. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with Jason Quinn, JDPSN. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

1 Day Zen Retreat April 16th

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Retreat Info

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, April 16th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with guiding teacher Zen Master Bon Soeng. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. 

To see the schedule and fee click here
To register for the retreat, fill out the Retreat Registration Form

Dharma Talk with Jason Quinn, JDPSN

Join us for a Dharma talk with Jason Quinn, JDPSN at our Santa Clara location. There will be an introductory talk given by Bob Horowitz followed by a talk and question and answer period withJason Quinn, JDPSN.

The talk is free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted 

Date: Sunday, March 20th
Time: 10:00am
Where: Northern California Korean Zen Association (NCKZA) 2175 The Alameda (2nd floor, Suite 213) San Jose, CA 95126*

Jason Quinn, JDPSN grew up in California and started practicing with the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1997, with the Dharma Sound Zen Center in Seattle. In 1999 he moved to the Providence Zen Center (PZC) where he held various staff positions. He trained as a monk for nine years, during which time he sat many long summer and winter retreats, and participated in retreats around the world, including in Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Mexico. After almost a decade at PZC, in 2008 Jason relocated to Berkeley, California, where he became Abbot of the the Empty Gate Zen Center and returned to lay life. He spent a brief time back at PZC (2012-13) to serve as Abbot, and then returned to California. He now lives in Santa Clara, CA with his wife and son and leads the Empty Gate Zen Center Santa Clara group. Jason received inka in 2015 at the Providence Zen Center.