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.


Spring and Fall Sesshin

***NOTICE: SSZC’s 2020 Spring Sesshin at Stowel Lake Farm is canceled.***

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.

Please join the meeting by 8:55AM and be settled on your cushion when study begins at 9:00AM.  Participants are encouraged to sit one or more periods of zazen at home, prior to joining the meeting. If you have been attending Sunday 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 with the subject line ‘SSZC STUDY: [name of text and date chosen to lead].’

August 16, 2020: led by Shirley Graham: Repentance D. Katagiri from Returning to Silence

August 23, 2020: led by Michelle Reed: Text TBA

August 30, 2020: led by Judy Daylen: Text TBA

Revealing the Dharma Through a Name

This series of student talks will be given after our usual Wednesday night zazen practice via Zoom on the dates indicated.  Please join the meeting by 7:05PM and be settled on your cushion when zazen begins at 7:15PM.  Participants will be asked to mute their audio until the talk begins.