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

 

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 Bodhisattva Teacher Juan Velasco 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*

 

*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, suite 213.

1 Day Retreat June 21

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, April 19. 1 day retreats include extended sitting and walking meditation, and private dharma interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. An informal lunch is provided. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions.


Please call or email for registration or if you have any questions.

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

Retreat Fees:

Non-members: $50 (full day), $30 (half day). Want to become a member?
Members: $40 (full day), $25 (half day).
Dharma Teachers / DT-in-training: $30 (full day), $20 (half day).

Supporting the Zen Center

People have asked about how they can support the Zen Center. There are a few ways to do this. The most important way you can support the center is by coming to any the weekly practices and retreats. Without your presence, the center would not exist. Practicing together helps our direction and can give us inspiration to practice on our own. It can also inspire and encourage other practitioners. 

Another way of supporting is by becoming a member of our Zen Center or by donation. By becoming a member you help our international school, Kwan Um School of Zen, in its effort to support our zen centers and teaching in other parts of the world. Memberships also help Empty Gate Zen Center with its ongoing expenses and programs. A member receives discounts on our monthly retreats, receives the School's Primary Point magazine and its newsletter. What is the difference between donations and membership? Please visit our Support page for more information.

Lastly, we can always use help maintaining the inside and outside of our center. This includes cleaning the dharma room, living area, bathrooms, outside weeding, mowing the lawn, etc. Volunteer effort is always appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering at the Zen Center, email volunteer@emptygatezen.com 

 

3 Day Retreat May 16-18

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.

Please join us for a 3 day retreat Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18th. 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

Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) is the School Zen Master and Guiding Dharma Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen. She received dharma transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn on October 10, 1992. She was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn's first American students and studied with him since 1972. She was given inka in 1977. A registered nurse since 1969, she works for Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She helped found Providence Zen Center, and lived there for seventeen years, serving in a number of administrative capacities. Zen Master Soeng Hyang has a daughter and currently lives with her partner, Mary, in the Bay Area.

1 Day Retreat April 19

Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, April 19. 1 day retreats include extended sitting and walking meditation, and private dharma interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. An informal lunch is provided. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions.

Please call or email for registration or if you have any questions.

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

Retreat Fees:

Non-members: $50 (full day), $30 (half day). Want to become a member?
Members: $40 (full day), $25 (half day).
Dharma Teachers / DT-in-training: $30 (full day), $20 (half day).

 


Find Us On Google+

We finally have a page on Google+. We have linked our YouTube account to it so you can see all of our posts and videos in one place. Come visit us!

Santa Clara Opening Ceremony

Join us for the official opening ceremony to help launch our new sitting group in Santa Clara! Talks will be given by our guiding teacher, Zen Master Bon Soeng, Vice Abbot Jason Quinn, and Bodhisattva Teacher Juan Velasco. The ceremony is free of charge. Donations are kindly accepted.

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You can see the latest events from the Santa Clara group on Meetup

When: Sunday, February 9th
Time: 10:00am
Where: Northern California Korean Zen Association (NCKZA)
Address: 2175 The Alameda Suite 213, San Jose, CA 95126*
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Contact Jason Quinn at:
Email: viceabbot@emptygatezen.com
Phone: 408-479-4579

*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, suite 213

January - 1 day Retreat

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Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, January 18. 1 day retreats include extended sitting and walking meditation, and private dharma interviews with Zen Master Bon Soeng. An informal lunch is provided. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of experience or traditions. Please call or email for registration or if you have any questions.

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

Fundraiser 2013/14

Fundraiser 2013/14

It is the time of year when we come to you for additional financial support, along with some exciting announcements about recent events and future plans. 2013 has been a year of great transition at Empty Gate. With the departure of our Abbot, Jason Quinn, we have needed to put all our efforts into maintaining our practice program. It took some time but we have been able to sustain our weekly practice schedule, with many Sangha members stepping forward lead particular practices. We have also been able to keep our monthly retreat schedule intact due to the steady, committed attendance of Sangha members.

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