Zazen practice

Washington, DC area (Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Glen Burnie, Rockville)

Weekly Mondays/Thursdays Takoma Park: 6:30 - 8:20 AM

Seekers Church
276 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC (Takoma)

A one-minute walk away from the Takoma Metro station on the Red Line, directly across Carroll Street from the 7-Eleven.

Three twenty-five minute periods of sitting meditation (zazen) with brief walking meditation (kinhin) between periods.


If necessary, it is possible to leave early during one of the walking meditation periods.

If you are interested in joining a morning sitting, please send an email to Please do not just show up without being in touch beforehand.

Weekly Wednesdays Silver Spring: 7:15 - 8:45 PM

Christ Congregational Church
9525 Colesville Road (Route 29)
Silver Spring MD

Arrive at 6:55 to set up as part of practice.

Three twenty-five minute periods of sitting meditation (zazen) with brief walking meditation (kinhin) between periods. Often, these times also include a talk related to practice and the opportunity for conversation with a teacher about practice.

Last Wednesday of each month sitting ends at 8:20 PM, followed by tea and conversation until 9:00 p.m.

For closings due to inclement weather, please call the Christ Congregational Church at 301-585-8010, extension 3. If there is no message, and the phones are operational, the church is open.

Tuesday mornings, Glen Burnie: 5:30 - 6:00 AM


Morning Sitting near Glen Burnie, MD. Please e-mail to confirm and to get directions.

Sunday afternoons, Rockville, MD, 4:30-6:00

Tea Ladies, Women’s Dharma Study and Practice group meets every three Sunday afternoons in Rockville, MD. Please see Resources page for more information or contact Martine Palmiter at

Alternate Sunday afternoons, several of us are now practicing zazen in a home—sitting meditation for two 25-minute periods, with brief slow walking in between, incense offering, opening and closing chants, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Contact for directions. All are welcome.

Saturday Monthly Sitting (Zazenkai)

Christ Congregational Church
9525 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

All Day Sitting: Monthly practice periods occur one Saturday a month from 8:45 AM to 3:45 PM (First bell 9:00 AM) see schedule below.  If you can only come for half a day, let us know. There will be 25-minutes of silent sitting practice interspersed with walking meditation, a dharma talk, tea breaks, and interviews/private conversation with a teacher.

Registration is required - to register, contact us at

Suggested donation is $15.  Please bring your lunch.  Tea is provided.

The 2019 scheduled Zazenkai dates at the above location (unless noted) are as follows:

1/12/2019 (at Wellspring Conference Center-please register)




5/18/2019(Wellspring Conference Center-please register)




9/7/2019 (Wellspring Conference Center- please register)




Retreats (Sesshin)—We hold several retreats a year which are a key part of zazen practice. Check our website for upcoming sesshins, a more intensive practice period.