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Buddhist Foundational Teachings

Instructed by Genjo Yorke, Head of Practice

Wednesday Class series

Over Zoom and In-Person

October 12th, 19th, 26th,

& November 2nd, 9th

6:30 – 7:00 Zazen

7:10 – 8:30 Class


Buddhism contains a great wealth of teachings both ancient and contemporary. Given the immensity of this canon, and our unprecedented modern access, how are we to ignite the teachings of the Buddhas and Ancestors in our hearts? In this 5 week class, we’ll explore foundational teachings, and also take care to incorporate imagination, practicality, and myth into our learning. This class is made with newcomers to practice in mind, as well as long-term practitioners.


Class will be primarily teacher-fronted instruction with some time for questions and discussion. While it is good to attend zazen before class, you may sign-on or come to the temple after zazen concludes to join for class if this is necessary for your schedule. There is no fee for this class, nor any programs at Olympia Zen Center. Both the community and the Head of Practice rely on donations for sustenance.

Click here to register.


The zoom room will open for Zazen around 6:20

Meeting ID: 971-9333-0252

Password: 324839


New-Comer Night

Led by Genjo Yorke, Head of Practice

or Senior Practitioner

In-Person, Tuesdays:

October 4th, 18th,

& November 1st, 15th, 29th


6:30 Introductions & Quick Tour

6:50 Guided Meditation

7:25 Questions Over Tea and Cookies

8:00 Close


Are you new to practice? Would you like to meet a friendly face before coming to a practice event? Do you simply have lots of questions and enjoy guided meditation? This is the night for you; we want to help you feel comfortable while stepping into our home of practice. Join us for an introduction to the temple in a relaxed setting, guided meditation, and time for questions over tea/cookies. Come full of questions and curiosity!


These evenings will be structured to guide folks who are coming to the temple for the first time, but also to facilitate questions for practitioners beginning their journey of practice. There will be ample time for forms instruction and space for other questions about teachings and practice. If you’ve been on the tour before, you can begin zazen right at 6:30. You are also welcome to depart after the guided meditation or anytime

during tea and cookies.

Fusatsu — The Full Moon Atonement Ceremony


Sunday, October 9th

Tuesday, November 8th

Wednesday, December 7th


6:30pm - 8:30


Fusatsu is a monthly ceremony of atonement and vow renewal, coinciding with the Full Moon. We hold Zazen at 6:30 PM. Afterwards is the Fusatsu ceremony itself. Please hold noble silence when arriving and exiting the temple. No registration required. 

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