We aim to bring the spiritual practice of mindfulness to the San Francisco Peninsula and the South Bay, emphasizing its relevance in the modern world. Our purpose is to bring balance to busy lives faced with constant distractions, work and family pressures, and demanding deadlines. Our practice goes beyond relief of stress or health concerns to benefit the whole person. It emphasizes living an authentic life and expressing our inherent true nature in everyday activities, with family, friends, and in our work.
This group facilitates spiritual practice through face-to-face personal relationships with the sangha (community of practitioners) of Kannon Do. Named after "Kannon" the Buddhist personification of compassion, we are a group that provides a supportive environment in which centuries-old teachings and traditions of Soto Zen Buddhism complement the creative and caring spirit of contemporary America. The friendship and trust in this community provides a sense of sanctuary for its members. Kannon Do a non-residential community that is voluntarily maintained by its members.
About our Practice:
This Meetup group regularly meets to practice on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Kannon Do, 1972 Rock Street, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Our practice consists of zazens (sitting/walking meditation), ceremony services, dharma lectures, group discussions, and occasional sesshins (1-3 days retreats). The essentials of zen practice and more reading topics can be found at here.
Our Meetup Schedule:
Wed evening: 6:30pm for newcomers, 7:10pm-7:50pm meditation, 8pm-9pm lecture, greeting and tea
Saturday morning: 9am for new comers, 9:20-10am meditation
We warmly invite you to come and practice with us.