Welcome

Zen is a thorough investigation into what it means to live this human life with heart and insight. The Buddhist path  is not an arrival, but an ongoing way of meeting our lives and the world around us with ease, clarity and purpose. The Zen West ~ Empty Field community offers an intimate setting to engage Zen 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. We meet for weekly meditation, dharma teaching and reflection, and throughout the year, host retreats, introductory classes, art and dream workshops, alongside two practice period intensives. 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.


Upcoming Events

Feb 09

Death and Dying Workshop

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Feb 16

Winter Study Group

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Feb 20

Face to Face Sesshin: Intimate with the Ordinary

February 20 @ 9:00 am - February 23 @ 11:00 am
Mar 01

Zazenkai: One Day Zen Retreat

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mar 15

Winter Study Group

March 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mar 26

Coming Home – Zaike Tokudo Sesshin

March 26 @ 9:00 am - March 29 @ 11:30 am
Apr 12

Winter Study Group

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 17

Zazenkai: One Day Zen Retreat

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm