Zazen Meditation practice

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

Weekly Monday/Thursday mornings, Takoma Park: 6:45 - 8:00 AM

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

Two periods of sitting meditation (zazen) with brief walking meditation (kinhin) between. Arrive at 6:30, sitting starts at 6:45. Led by senior students, Stephen Bellotti and David Novello.

Stephen Bellotti began studying zen with Sensei Rose Mary Dougherty in 2010 after having practiced mindfulness meditation for several years prior to that. In addition to studying with the local teachers at Silver Spring Zendo, he is a member of a zen training program run by a zen priest and teacher having dharma transmission in both Soto and Rinzai lineages. Through this training program, he has engaged in extensive and supervised investigation and study of classic primary source zen records and Buddhist sutras, and is currently being trained in the discipline of koan introspection within the Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum. 


David Novello started practice in a Thich Nhat Hanh mindfulness group beginning in the mid-1990s,became a member of the Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha in 2004, and was a student of Sensei Rose Mary Dougherty and became a senior student there.  Several years ago he began doing zen koan study with a New York City sangha in the same White Plum lineage, and continues as a member of that group as well.  David also does two different styles of tai chi.


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

Weekly Wednesday evenings, 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 and chant practice. 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 AM - 6 AM (summer schedule is 6 AM to 6:30 AM)


Morning Sitting near Glen Burnie, MD. Please e-mail to confirm and to get directions. Led by senior student Carolyn Moyer.

Sunday afternoons, Rockville, 4:15-5:30 PM

Sunday afternoons, sitting meditation for two 25-minute periods, with brief slow walking in between, opening and closing chants. Contact for directions. Led by Martine Palmiter. Arrive at 4:15, sitting starts at 4:30. 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 $20.  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)




Women's Dharma Study and Practice Group

One Heart Sangha offers a Women's Dharma Study group, The Tea Ladies, every three Sundays from 4-6 p.m. in Rockville, MD using the book, The Hidden Lamp, Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women, by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. There is a sitting period, tea and discussion on koans and women ancestors, and exploring and opening our hearts to others in our world. Please contact Martine Palmiter at if interested. Zen women ancestors stories.


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.