The Zen West ~ Empty Field community offers an intimate setting to engage Zen Buddhist practice adapted and expressed within a Western context. Our sangha fosters genuine warm relationships and values practice connected to the earth and responsive to contemporary social and ecological challenges. Dharma teaching is led by transmitted Soto Zen Lay Teacher, Debra Seido Martin, a student of Kyogen Carlson Roshi, founding abbot of Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland. We also work closely with our sister sangha, the Corvallis Zen Circle, led by Abby Mushin Terris of the White Plum Lineage.
Zen West meets weekly in Eugene for meditation, dharma teaching, discussion and social connection. We offer introductory classes for beginners and holds two concentrated practice periods each year – one in the fall and another late winter – along with several rural retreats. Our five member Guiding Council helps govern the group in wise growth and development and care of the sangha. Please come join us – you are welcome with us.
Significant Annual Retreat and Event Dates
- Jan 5,12,19 (Th) Three Introductory Zen Classes * Zen West
- Jan 7 (Sa) Zen of Dreams Retreat * Zen West
- Jan 25-29 (W-Su) Face to Face Sesshin * Corvallis
- Feb 11 (Sa) Zen of Dreams Retreat * DRZC
- Feb 19 Mar 19 Apr 16 (Su) Winter Study Group Retreats * Zen West
- Feb 25 (Sa) Dharma Art Workshop * Zen West
- Mar 12 Buddhists Responding: Diversity Workshop Series * Corvallis
- Apr 22 (Sa) Dharma Art Workshop * Zen West
- May 21 (Su) One Day Zen Retreat
- Jun 28-July 2 (W-Th) Interdependence Retreat
- Aug 23-27 (W-Su) Cultivating the Way Retreat
- Sept 10 (Su) Ango Opening Retreat (Also 10/1, 11/12, 12/3)
- Sept 23 (Sa) Dharma of Dreams Retreat
- Oct 9 (Tu) Intro to Zen Practice for Beginners * Zen West
- Oct 14 (Sa) Resolving Harmful Karma & Segaki
- Oct 21 (Sa) Dharma of Dreams Retreat * Dharma Rain
- Dec 4 – 10 (Su – Su) Rohatsu Retreat * Dharma Rain
Statement of Inclusivity
We acknowledge that suffering is a human condition which can be made worse because of biases or prejudices for or against any race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, political party, or other belief or position. Our sangha welcomes and affirms all who come here to practice who are willing to work toward respectful acceptance of others across our many differences, harmonizing the one and the many.