Welcome to Salt Spring Zen Circle!
After reading about our group and the various practice opportunities we offer, we hope you will feel free to join us at any time, whether you are completely new to meditation or Zen, or have experience in Zen or any other meditation tradition.
Salt Spring Zen Circle Society is a lay Zen meditation group, led by Eihei Peter Levitt, who was fully authorized as a Zen teacher in the Suzuki-roshi lineage by Zoketsu Norman Fischer of Everyday Zen. Peter founded the Salt Spring Zen Circle and has been our teacher since 2001. In 2017, Salt Spring Zen Circle incorporated as a society.
Our weekly Wednesday night meditation practice (zazen) begins at 7:15 PM and ends before 9:00 PM. We meet at 210 Cedar Lane, about three minutes drive from Ganges. This practice is open to everyone and you can just show up–no need to register. Please leave enough time for travel so that you can be comfortably settled by 7:05 PM. Check our Calendar page for updates on upcoming events.
If you have never practiced zen meditation before, or have any questions before attending for the first time, we suggest that you contact Simon (250-537-1721) or Judith (250-537-2062).
Both experienced zen practitioners and people who are somewhat new to Zen may like to further their practice by joining us for our half-day of practice. In general, these are offered five times a year on the last Sunday of the month. These meetings are led by students and include an opportunity to practice zazen, explore a traditional zen text, and discuss with others how zen practice may apply to everyday life.
Twice a year, in the spring and fall, we offer either a four day traditional Zen retreat (called sesshin in Japanese) or a study retreat on Salt Spring Island. This silent retreat is a profound opportunity to experience Zen sitting, walking, eating, working, dharma talks, private meetings with the teacher and more in a formal, traditional manner.