Our Practice

We are a lay Zen group that practices together in the Zen Buddhist tradition under the guidance of our teacher Jack Duffy Roshi. Jack, a dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi, lives near Bellingham, Washington. Jack leads retreats in the Spokane area twice a year, as well as week-long sesshins in April and September at Mountain Lamp, his retreat center near Deming, Washington (near Bellingham).

Our weekly practice and retreats in Spokane are open to all. Although our orientation and form is Buddhist, you do not need to be a Buddhist to participate. Practitioners from all traditions are welcome.

Our group practice consists of

  • Weekly Zazen (group sitting meditation practice)
    • Wednesdays, 7pm-8pm
    • Saturdays, 8am-9:30am
  • Monthly Zazenkai (extended group sitting and Sutra reading)
    • First Saturday of each month, 8am-11am, with a break from 9:30-10:00
  • Semi-annual Retreat Practice
  • Book Study
    • Third Saturday of each month, 10am-11am, following regular group sitting
  • Daily Individual Practice (at home)

Weekly Zazen (group sitting meditation practice)

We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 8:00-9:30 am in the Saranac meditation room, 25 W Main, Spokane. Our schedule consists of 25-minute sitting periods (two on Wednesdays, three on Saturdays), 5-minute walking meditation (kinhin) periods (one on Wednesdays, two on Saturdays), and a short sutra recital. 

Orientation to Zen practice is offered prior to meditation practice, by arrangement (our meditation hall is in a building that is locked to protect the tenants from theft). Once you come to a session, we can give you the number to get into the building yourself.

To arrange for your first visit and orientation, please visit our Contact page.

If you’ve never meditated before, please see our information for Newcomers.

Monthly Zazenkai

We hold Zazenkai on the first Saturday of the Month. In addition to our normal schedule, it adds an additional hour of sutra reading, sitting meditation and kinhin.

Regular sit: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Break until 10 am
10 am: Sutras and sitting until 11 am

Book Study 

3rd Saturday of each month, 10:00 am (after regular sitting)
Saranac second floor conference room