The Zen West ~ Empty Field community offers an intimate  setting to engage Buddhist teachings through Zen practices adapted and expressed in a Western context. Zen West meets weekly in Eugene for meditation, dharma teaching, discussion and social connection. The Empty Field Zendo is our seasonal retreat located on Horton Road Organic Farm 38 miles west of Eugene.  The retreat hosts seasonal events including one-day and extended sesshin, weekly sitting and special gatherings.

Dharma programs are 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. The group offers introductory classes for beginners and holds two concentrated practice periods each year – one in the fall and another late winter. Additional guest teachers include Abby Mushin Terris, guiding teacher of the Corvallis Zen Circle. 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

  • Aug 25-28 (Th-Su) Cultivating the Way Retreat * Empty Field
  • Sept 4 (Su) Ango Opening Retreat * Empty Field
  • Sept 24 (Sa) Zen of Dreams Retreat * Empty Field
  • Oct 11 (Tu) Intro to Zen Practice for Beginners * Zen West
  • Oct 15 (Sa) Resolving Harmful Karma & Segaki * Empty Field
  • Oct 22 (Sa) Zen of Dreams Retreat * Dharma Rain
  • Nov 5 (Sa) Dogen Workshop * Dharma Rain
  • Dec 4 – 10 (Su – Su) Rohatsu Retreat * Dharma Rain
  • Jan 10,17,24 (Th) Three Introductory Zen Classes * Zen West
  • Jan 25-29 (W-Su) Face to Face Sesshin * Corvallis (TBA)
  • Feb 11 (Sa) Zen of Dreams Retreat * DRZC (TBA)
  • Feb 19 (Su) Spring Study Group Retreat * Zen West
  • Apr 19 (W) Empty Field Opening Night * Empty Field
  • Jun 28-July 2 (W-Th) Interdependence Retreat * Empty Field

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.