3 Day Zen Retreat July 17-19

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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 17th through Saturday, July 19th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with  special guests 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 June 20th

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 20th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with guiding teacher 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

Kong-an Interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng

Please join us for sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, and koan interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. It's a great opportunity to ask a the Zen Master about practice, Zen, or any life situation. Afterwards, we will have a pizza party to celebrate our group's one year anniversary! More details to come.

Open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or background. Please RSVP for this event by emailing viceabbot@emptygatezen.com. All of our practice sessions are free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted.

Date: Sunday, May 31st.
Time: 10:00am
Where: Northern California Korean Zen Association (NCKZA) 2175 The Alameda (2nd floor, Suite 213) San Jose, CA 95126*

 

*There is parking in the back of the building where you can also enter. The stairs are to the left and we are the first door on the left-hand side past the restrooms of the 2nd floor.

3 Day Zen Retreat with Zen Master Soeng Hyang and Zen Master Bon Shim

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, May 15th through Saturday, May 17th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with  special guests Zen Master Soeng Hyang and Zen Master Bon Shim.. 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. 

Zen Master Bon Shim is the Guiding Teacher of many Kwan Um School of Zen centers and groups in Poland, the Czech Republic, France and Spain.

1 Day Zen Retreat April 18

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 18th. 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

Annual 8-day Retreat Feb 27 - Mar 7

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.

Foundations of Zen Workshop

Please join us for a Foundations of Zen workshop Sunday, January 25th at our Santa Clara location! This workshop will be led by Vice Abbot Jason Quinn and Bodhisattva Teacher Juan Velasco. The workshop will include practicing in a formal situation and practicing in everyday life, fundamentals of Korean Zen, history of the group leaders and a couple of Q&A periods. Recommended for those new to Zen and those with experience. See the schedule below. 

The workshop is free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted 

Date: Sunday, January 25th
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Northern California Korean Zen Association (NCKZA)
               2175 The Alameda (2nd floor, Suite 213) San Jose, CA 95126

 

1 Day Zen Retreat January 17

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, January 17th. 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

2 Day Retreat December 19-20

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 2 day retreat Friday, December 19th through Saturday, December 20th. 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

Fundraiser 2014

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, we continued our program of monthly retreats and twelve practice sessions per week, with the active participation of a growing sangha.  We have also increased our efforts to bring Zen teaching to students near and far. In addition to our San Francisco satellite group, we have two new satellite groups in Santa Clara, California and Boise, Idaho. These satellite groups offer consistent and supportive practice space for practitioners and sangha members who are unable to join regular practice at our Berkeley location.  

Our social media presence has continued to bring the teaching to people locally and around the world. Currently, we connect with 4300 people on Facebook and Twitter alone. Our YouTube teaching videos of talks by Zen Master Bon Soeng and others have received over 360,000 views. We also reached another important milestone: in August of this year, we reached our goal of paying off the mortgage on our 2200 Parker Street building. Thanks to all of you and to Searle Whitney for making this possible!

As we look out toward the coming year, we anticipate continued expansion of our programs and teaching. Our Santa Clara satellite group is growing quickly and we are predicting the need for a larger space in the next year. Our San Francisco satellite group has lost their space and is seeking a new one. As each of these satellite groups continues to grow, we would like to help them provide a supportive practice space to new and returning practitioners. We also hope to offer more training workshops for our Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers-in-Training. 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


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 Retreat November 22

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, October 18th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. An informal lunch is provided. 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

Dharma Talk with Zen Master Bon Soeng

Join us for a Dharma talk with Zen Master Bon Soeng (Jeff Kitzes) at our Santa Clara location. There will be an introductory talk given by Vice Abbot, Jason Quinn followed by a talk and question and answer period with Zen Master Bon Soeng. 

The talk is free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted 

Date: Sunday, June 29th
Time: 10:00am
Where: Northern California Korean Zen Association (NCKZA) 2175 The Alameda (2nd floor, Suite 213) San Jose, CA 95126*

 

1 Day Retreat October 18

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, October 18th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting and walking meditation, and private consulting interviews with Vice Abbot and Bodhisattva Teacher, Jason Quinn. An informal lunch is provided. 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

3 Day Retreat September 19-21

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 19th through Sunday, September 21st. 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, September 21st 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:
Marshall at hdt@emptygatezen.com or
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 2014 Precepts Application Form

2 Day Work Retreat August 16-17

Please join us for our annual 2 day work retreat Saturday Aug 16th and Sunday Aug 17th 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 Retreat July 18-20

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.

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th. Retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing, and private dharma interviews with guiding teacher Zen Master Soeng Hyang. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions, in parts or all of the retreat. Please call or email for registration, entry times or any other questions.

Phone: 510-845-8565
Email: hdt@emptygatezen.com
To see the schedule and fee click here