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 with the Kwan Um School 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. In 2008 Jason relocated to Berkeley, California, where he became Abbot of 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 with his wife, son, and daughter and leads the Empty Gate Zen Center Santa Clara group. He is currently a teacher and the vice abbot at the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, CA and teaches 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. 

 

Annual 8-day Retreat Feb 26 - Mar 5

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 27th - March 7th. 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 Song's approval.

Kitchen and Cooking Workshop This Saturday!!

We are are having the Kitchen and Cooking Workshop this Saturday, February 6th at 9:30am. It will be led by Vice Abbot Jason Quinn and Kitchen Master Caren Weisglas. The workshop will cover breakfast, lunch and dinner preparation, kitchen cleanup, and kitchen organizational skills.

A light breakfast snack and coffee will be served after morning practice.

If you attend retreats regularly and/or sitting the 8 day retreat, you are encouraged to attend this workshop. Anyone interested in learning more about helping in the kitchen, please attend this workshop.

If you have any questions, please email Jason at viceabbot@emptygatezen.com

3 Day Zen Retreat January 29-31

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 18 through Saturday, September 20. 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 19th

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, December 19th. 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

3 Day Zen Retreat/Precepts Ceremony Nov. 20-22

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, November 20th through Sunday, November 22nd. 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 Info

We are also having a precepts ceremony on Sunday, November 22nd at 12:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you do no sit the retreat. Please come join us!

If you are interested in taking the 5 precepts, you can contact:
Vice Abbot, Jason Quinn at viceabbot@emptygatezen.com
You must have the guiding teacher's approval. 

For info on precepts, visit Precepts Information & Application
If you have been approved and need to apply, visit 2015 Precepts Application Form

Fundraiser 2015

Dear Friends of Empty Gate Zen Center,

As the year begins to draw to a close, we once again come to you asking for your financial support to sustain and grow our programs.

Over the last year, our Berkeley Temple has continued its program of monthly retreats and eleven practice sessions per week, with the active participation of a growing sangha.  We have also continued our efforts to bring Zen teaching to students near and far. Our branch locations in Santa Clara, California and Boise, Idaho offer supportive practice opportunities for practitioners and sangha members who are unable to come to the Berkeley location.  

Our social media presence has continued to bring the teaching to people locally and around the world. Currently, we connect with over 5,000 people on Facebook and Twitter alone. Our YouTube teaching videos of talks by Zen Master Bon Soeng and others have received over 440,000 views. We also made a major improvement to the Berkeley dharma room by having a contractor re-wire the room and install modern room lighting, a ceiling fan, and dedicated lights for the altar. 

As we look out toward the coming year, we anticipate continued expansion of our programs and teaching. Our Santa Clara branch is growing quickly and is in need of a larger facility to provide a supportive practice space for new and returning practitioners. We have also begun the work of opening a new branch in Fresno, CA where two of our Sangha members live. And at the Berkeley location we are planning to offer monthly training workshops for Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers-in-Training beginning in 2016. We need your support to make these things happen!

Please take a moment to consider what tax-deductible donation you can afford. You can send all donation checks to Empty Gate or donate online using a credit card or PayPal account. Many thanks for your practice and your continued support of Empty Gate Zen Center.

Many thanks for your practice and your continued support of Empty Gate Zen Center.


Yours in the Dharma,

Zen Master Bon Soeng       Jason Quinn           Marshall White             Steve Watkins 

   Guiding Teacher               Vice-Abbot       Head Dharma Teacher          Director

 

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Empty Gate Zen Center
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94704