Weekly Zazen Meditation practice

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

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

Meets every Monday and Thursday mornings for two periods of sitting meditation (zazen) with brief walking meditation (kinhin) between. Arrive at 6:30 a.m., sitting starts at 6:45 a.m. Led by senior students, Stephen Bellotti and David Novello. If you need to leave early, please do so quietly and at the walking period. If you are interested in joining a morning sitting, please send an email to stephen.bellotti@gmail.com. Please do not just show up without being in touch beforehand. A one-minute walk from the Takoma Metro station on the Red Line, directly across Carroll Street from the 7-Eleven. Parking behind the church, entrance on the left side.

Stephen Bellotti began studying zen with Sensei Rose Mary Dougherty in 2010 after having practiced mindfulness meditation for several years. In addition to studying with Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha, he is a member of a zen training program with both Soto and Rinzai instruction and is studying classic primary source zen records and Buddhist sutras. Stephen is currently training 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 became a senior student of Sensei Rose Mary Dougherty at Silver Spring Zendo. Several years ago he began doing zen koan study with a New York City sangha in the White Plum lineage. David also does two different styles of tai chi.


Wednesday evenings for three periods of sitting, Silver Spring: 7:00 - 8:45 PM

Christ Congregational Church/entrance at the back of church
9525 Colesville Road (Route 29)
Silver Spring MD

Meets every Wednesday evenings for three periods of sitting meditation (zazen) for 25 minutes each, with brief walking meditation (kinhin) between. Arrive at 7:00 pm to set up the zendo, and sitting begins at 7:15 p.m. There is an opportunity for dokusan (private zen instruction/conversation with a teacher) about your practice, chanting practice, and bowing practice. If you wish for an Introduction to Zen Practice, email us at registration@silverspringzendo.org. There is plenty of parking behind the church. There is a bus from Silver Spring Metro, red line, stopping near the church.

Last Wednesday of each month sitting ends at 8:20 PM after 2 periods of zazen, 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 for one period of sitting, 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 registration@silverspringzendo.org to confirm and to get directions. Led by senior student Carolyn Moyer.

Sunday evenings for two periods of sitting, Rockville (Aspen Hill), 4:30-5:45 PM

Meets most Sunday afternoons, sitting meditation for two 25-minute periods, with brief slow walking (kinhin) in between, opening and closing chants. Contact Martine Palmiter at mpalmiter@gmail.com for directions. Arrive at 4:15, sitting starts at 4:30. All are welcome.

Saturday Monthly Retreat (Zazenkai)- 9 am to 3:30 p.m.

Christ Congregational Church
9525 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

We meet monthly for a longer zazen practice period, usually the second Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. See schedule below for changes. Please arrive by 9 a.m. as the first bell for sitting starts at 9:15. If you can only come for half a day, let us know. There will be practice periods of 25-minutes each with walking meditation in between, a dharma talk, tea breaks, and interviews/private instruction with a teacher.

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Registration is required - to register, contact us at registration@silverspringzendo.org.

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 at registration@silverspringzendo.org)




5/18/2019(Wellspring Conference Center-please register at registration@silverspringzendo.org)




9/7/2019 (Wellspring Conference Center- please register at registration@silverspringzendo.org)




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 mpalmiter@gmail.com if interested. Zen women ancestors stories.


Residential Retreats (Sesshin)—We hold several retreats a year which are a key part of zazen practice. Click here for more information. Check our website for upcoming sesshin.