Calendar During COVID-19

These listings will help you to learn about and attend our various practice offerings.  If you would like to receive periodic email reminders about calendar events, please visit our Membership page and consider signing up as a Friend of Salt Spring Zen Circle.


Sunday Sit’n’Study

During the physical distancing phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Spring Zen Circle has adapted the Sit’n’Study for online access via Zoom video conferencing. No download is required, and we have found it an intimate and enjoyable way to study the Dharma together. To access the meeting, please sign up for our Friends list and an email will be sent out weekly with the meeting link.

There is a new format for our Sit’n Study sessions on Sunday mornings. The Zoom zendo will be open from 7:00am for zazen before study group starts at 9am. You are welcome to start any time, but please mute yourself on entry. The timetable is as follows: Zazen 7am-7:45am Kinhin 7:45am-8:00am Zazen 8:00am-8:45am ~Break~ Study Session 9:00am-10am
Same zoom link and password as for Study Group. Please check SSZC website Calendar for study text.

If you have been attending Sunday Sit’n Study for some time and wish to offer the service of leading a study session, please choose a text from the list on the Study page, or one of your own.  To encourage a spirit of service and nurture the community’s study and practice of Zen, those who have not yet had the opportunity to lead a session will be given priority. You are welcome to request any date, even dates which already have a scheduled study leader. Please send your request more than a week ahead. Email your selection and the date you wish to lead to Benny at

January 24: led by Shirley Graham:There are No Repetitions” – What is Zazen from “Subtle Sound: The Zen Teaching of Maureen Stuart” Ed. Roko Sherry Chayat.

January 31: led by Zona McKenzie – I play with flowers and their fragrance clings to my clothes – from “Moon by the Window: The Calligraphy and Zen Insights of Shodo Harada”. Page 11. Ed. Tim Jundo Williams and Jane Shotaku Lago

February 7: led by Michelle Reed – text TBA

February 14: led by Benny Baird – The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance – Kind Speech, from Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi, p. 475

February 21: led by Simon Rompre – text TBA

February 28: led by Judy Daylen – text TBA

March 7: led by Jennifer Colver – text TBA

March 14: led by Benny Baird – text TBA

March 21: led by Shirley Graham – “There are No Repetitions – The No-Person Person” from “Subtle Sound: The Zen Teaching of Maureen Stuart” Ed. Roko Sherry Chayat.

March 28: led by Maggie Tuck – text TBA