We meet weekly on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM and Sunday morning at 8:00 AM for zazen meditation. We provide introductory instruction in zen meditation for anyone who wishes to learn, recognizing that we are all beginners.
We hold non-residential weekend zen retreats in Vancouver with our teachers twice a year, or more frequently as their schedules permit. We also hold day retreats and classes from time to time.
We attend sesshin at Great Vow Zen Monastery regularly, as our individual schedules permit, and we can often offer transportation to others wishing to attend.
New participants are asked to call ahead and come at least 15 minutes early their first time for an introduction or review of zazen meditation practice, kinhin walking meditation and the forms which we follow in the zendo. The instructions are simple and the practice can be learned by anyone. It is not necessary to be able to sit cross legged on the floor. Please arrive on time and wear loose comfortable clothing.
There is no fee or donation required to attend, but we do sustain the zendo on peoples' donations. We ask that people make a donation when they attend, if they are able, and to be as generous as their circumstances permit.
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Retreats & Classes
Two zazenkai (half-day retreats) led by Kim Hoben Hansen:
Sunday, May 26, 2013: 8am - 11am
Sunday, June 30, 2013: 8am - 11am
The zazenkai will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, and a chanting service. Click on the poster links below for full details. Please email to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
'The Art of Happiness' - Classes based upon the Dalai Lama's book, led by Kim Hoben Hansen:
Alternate Wednesdays, commencing May 22, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Commencing Wednesday May 22nd, Hoben will offer a series of four classes, on alternate Wednesday evenings, exploring the practice of happiness in our lives. These classes will be run as lively discussion groups including various exercises, meditation practices and homework. Beginners are welcome.
In our lives it often seems like the pursuit of happiness stumbles on the rocks of dissatisfaction, isolation and fear. In these classes we will explore a set of simple practices which can offer an alternative to this discontent and distress. No previous meditation experience or knowledge is necessary.
These classes will meet at the North Shore Zendo alternate Wednesday evenings, commencing on Weds May 22nd. Classes will begin at 7:30 PM and end at 8:30PM.
There is no fee for the attending the classes, but donations are always appreciated. Please obtain a copy of the Dalai Lama’s book, the Art of Happiness which we will use as a text, together with other writings.
If you would like to attend please respond by emailing the zendo at email@example.com
May 23 - June 20 (Thursdays), 9:10am - 10:00am: Drop-in Meditation Classes on Chairs
Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.
Seniors, beginners, and all others are welcome at these classes, which will be led by Kim Hoben Hansen and other members of North Shore Zendo. Meditation will be done on chairs, rather than sitting cross-legged on cushions. These are drop-in classes with a suggested donation of $2. Offered in cooperation with Mollie Nye House and Lynn Valley Seniors Association. Please email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 8 - 10, 2013: Non-residential retreat with Hogen Bays Roshi.
This retreat will be held in North Vancouver, BC. Details will be posted a few weeks prior to the event.