WE WILL BE RE-OPENING WITH CLASSES AND ZAZEN AT OUR NEW PRACTICE SPACE AT THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY. OUR NEW LOCATION IS AT THE FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, 890 57th ST, SACRAMENTO 95819. (website to be updated)
Sacramento Zendo is a Zen practice community with a focus on awakening to this Buddha Heart/Mind that is simultaneously the root and the everyday activity of every moment of our lives. We are a small group of practitioners who meet each Monday evening, to sit zazen together, to study together, and to practice together.
We offer personal instruction in sussokan (breath meditation), koan introspection and shikantaza. One-on-One meditation interviews with the guiding teacher are available for regular participants. Reading groups on various topics related to practice are scheduled along with zazenkai’s (all day zazen) which are an opportunity to deepen our practice through sustained zazen. All who are interested in learning more about Zen Buddhist practice are welcome.
The Zen teacher at Sacramento Zendo is Desmond Gando Gilna. Gando is a Zen priest and began his Zen practice over 30 years ago in England. He spent 13 years in residential Zen monastic training both in Japan and the US, studying with Harada Tangen Roshi at Bukkoku-ji in Japan and John Daido Loori Roshi at Zen Mountain Monastery. He completed formal koan training with his teacher James Myoun Ford Roshi who authorized him to work with practitioners through the complete Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum.
If it is your very first time coming to a Zen group and you are unfamiliar with Zen meditation/zazen please contact us so we can arrange for you to have an introduction to zazen.