Our liturgical year is divided roughly into quarters as shown in the Wheel of the Year diagram above. The two Ango periods are a time of more intense training, including zazen, study, and work, which alternate with lighter practice periods. The Ango tradition dates back to the summer rainy season retreats of the Buddha’s time. Our Ango periods in the fall and spring are loosely modeled after traditional 90-day practice periods in Japan, where they are held in summer and winter.

Ceremonies and Retreats


Weekend Retreat Sep 13-15
Three Robes Retreat Sep 17-21
Fusatsu Sep 21
Term Student Retreats Sep 28, Oct 19, Nov 16
Two Ancestors Ceremony Sep 29
Zazenkai Oct 5
Half-Day Zazenkai Oct 12
Sangha Forum Oct 20
Segaki Oct 23-27
Founders Vigil Nov 2-3
Zazenkai Nov 9
Rohatsu Dec 1-8
Shuso Hossen Dec 8

Zazenkai January 4, 2020
Shuso Installation Jan 5
Kanzeon Festival Jan 11
Beginners Day Retreat Jan 18
Half-Day Zazenkai Jan 25

Nehan Feb 2
Zazenkai Feb 8
DaiJukai Feb 17-23
Weekend Retreat March 6-8
Zazenkai March 28
Denkoe April 13-19
Wesak May 3
Zazenkai May 9
Genzoe June 16-20
Zazenkai June 27
Zazenkai August 8
Beginners Retreat Sept 5
Weekend Retreat Sept 11-13
Heart of Work Sept 15-19
Term Student Retreats Sept 26, Oct 17, Nov 21
Fusatsu Sept 26
Two Ancestors Ceremony Sept 27
Sangha Forum Oct 18
Segaki Oct 28-Nov 1

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