We meet weekly on Thursday evenings 7pm - 9pm,  and Sunday mornings 8am - 10am, 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


Dark Night of the Spirit
Upcoming Weekend Retreat with Hogen Bays, Roshi
Friday April 18th- Sunday April 20th

We are hosting a weekend meditation retreat with Hogen Bays roshi , at Mollie Nye House in Lynne Valley, the weekend of Friday April 18th through Sunday April 20th. Please see the attached poster. This retreat is appropriate for both complete beginners and advanced students. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and benefit from the teachings of one of the foremost teachers of Zen Buddhism in North America today. There will be an opportunity to have private interviews with Hogen roshi. Simple meals will be provided and eaten oryoki style in the zendo (meditation hall), using traditional eating bowls and utensils. Please do come and practice together with us. To register for the retreat or if you have any questions, please contact Bokudo at bokudozen@gmail.com (telephone 604-733-3439) or Kim Hoben Hansen at kimhansen@telus.net (604-985-2347).

Dark Night of the Spirit poster /file/f2t3u/download


  • Half-day meditation retreats are held monthly, except in months when a longer retreat is scheduled.
  • Details of retreats will be posted here; please check frequently.