“Which Way to the Refuge?” Zazenkai 2022

A 1-day meditation retreat
(available via Zoom with some limited on-site participation available)

Friday, August 19 (eve.) – Saturday, August 20

Led by Betty Jiei Cole


Zazenkai is a daylong retreat devoted to samadhi practice, with Great Silence observed throughout the day. This Zazenkai, offered both in-person at ZCLA and via Zoom, is an opportunity to intensify and deepen your practice through the experience of periods of uninterrupted meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), a dharma talk, service, face-to-face meetings with Betty Jiei Cole, as well as time for mindful work practice (samu) and meals. Zoom participants will have time to eat, walk and do their own samu at home, then link back into the sesshin schedule. Open to everyone, newcomers are especially welcomed to attend*.

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Deadline to register: Friday, August 12.
$25 fee will be charged for dropping out or registering past posted deadlines.
$50 fee will be charged for any changes made within 48 hours of event.


In-person participation is limited. Please register early to guarantee a seat in the Zendo.



Please note: All participants must be fully vaccinated and be prepared to show proof of vaccination upon arrival. Stay-over guests are asked to bring along two at-home Covid tests and pre-test prior to arrival. You may also donate $10 to use ZCLA’s supply while on campus.


(Housing fees must be paid separately. If you have concerns about payments or any other questions, please contact programsteward@zcla.org)

*Non-members and new members: Attending an in-person “Introduction to Zen Meditation Class” is a prerequisite for attending all onsite activities.


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Betty Jiei Cole began Zen practice as a young Quaker with Aitken Roshi in 1979 and took jukai from Maezumi Roshi in 1981.  Building bridges between Christian and Buddhist practice and communities, she has led the Monday Night Meditation group at All Saints Episcopal Church for over 20 years. Teaching, social activism, art and music are long-time expressions of her life and tenzo practice a core gift both here at ZCLA and earlier at Zen Mountain Center.