Upcoming events at MBZC

February 8-12, 2016
Nirvana Ceremony February 13
Mt. Baldy Zen Center is happy to announce it will host a sesshin this February which will be led by Sh?ky? Minakawa Roshi, the abbot of Zuiryu-ji temple in Sapporo, Japan.

Minakawa Roshi will give teisho on the Mumonkan as well as sanzen, which will be focused on case one of the Mumonkan.

Participants will have to prepare for this sesshin by studying the Mumonkan in advance of the sesshin.   We’ll have more information about what to study as the sesshin approaches.

Students  who have not done sesshin before at Mt. Baldy Zen Center should contact the center to see if they have the necessary prerequisite training to do the sesshin.

Please join us.  This is a wonderful opportunity to study koans and to engage them with direct experience.

Cost: $450

Hashin-kyuji (day of arrival)   February 7
Sesshin                                         February 8 – 12
Nirvana Ceremony                     February 13

To register or get further information:
Email the Zen center at or call (909) 985-6410

Spring Zazenkai
March 4 – 6

This 3-day silent meditation retreat will include zazen (meditation), chanting, kinhin (walking meditation), formal temple meals, work practice, Dharma talks, and optional one-on-one interviews with senior monks regarding practice

This retreat is an opportunity for everyone — regardless of their level of experience — to extend their practice. For those that have a daily meditation practice, it’s an opportunity to get introduced to other aspects of formal Zen practice such as silent, oryoki meals.  For those that have done day sits, it’s a chance to do a multi-day retreat.  Everyone will find a new challenge for their practice.


Full time participation: $150
Part-time participation: $50 per day.