Zen is a thorough investigation into what it means to live this human life with heart and inspiration. It is not an arrival, but an ongoing way of meeting the world that challenges and surprises. 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. 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.