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Spring Ango

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Ango is a traditional time of concentrated Zen practice marked by an increased commitment to zazen  and study together. Our new Spring Ango includes a 2 month vow, one month shorter than our fall practice period. Making a commitment helps develop a deeper understanding of how Zen functions in one’s life. While there are minimum requirements for participation, each person tailors their vow to adapt to their own life circumstances. By supporting one another amidst the joys and challenges of daily life, members learn from one another and experience the warm support and challenge that comes with a small group traveling together.

Basic Commitment: Participants should have some experience with Zen practice and be a member at Empty Field Zen West. Each person makes their own vow of practice they plan to maintain during the 2 months that includes regular zazen, attendance at 2 of the 3 one day retreats, and meeting with the teacher in sanzen. Participants tailor additional commitments in a way that reflects their availability including attending regular evening sittings and sharing reflections with the group’s online forum.


2023 Retreats (Held at Zen West with Zoom Option)
Mar 19, April 16, May 21


March 19
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Free Retreat and Event Registration


To register for a retreat or event, please fill out the below form. Most retreats are open to beginners, but some may not be suitable for those with particular limitations. Feel free to contact us via the question form on the right if you have questions whether a particular retreat is a good fit for your level of experience. You may also use the form to ask any additional questions you may need answered.

Registration Form