Upcoming Events

In addition to our regularly scheduled practice sessions, the North Carolina Zen Center hosts other events such as retreats, ceremonies and community work days.  Below you will find information about our longer-range schedule and upcoming events. Please check back from time to time to get the latest updates.


December 9th Zazenkai (All-day Sitting)

The North Carolina Zen Center will host a one-day Zazenkai on Saturday, December 9th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vegetarian lunch will be provided. 15$ suggested donation.

Please register  HERE or email the Center at info@nczencenter.org to sign up by December 2 so we can plan accordingly.  We will include a light lunch to participate in the formal meal form used at retreats.  Suggested donation is $15.


December 10th  Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony

Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony as a part of the regular Sunday morning program.


Annual Temple Cleaning

Annual Temple Cleaning and Work party- Join us on Saturday December 30th for the annual deep cleaning of the temple.  During this time we will get into those lesser seen neglected areas to clean away the residue that has accumulated during the year.  Out with the old, in with the new!  We will begin at 10 a.m. and work until  12 p.m.  We will serve an informal lunch and have tea available as well.

Work practice is a traditional part of Zen and is a great way to get to know your fellow Sangha members.


New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration

Join us for dinner and informal sitting.  More information will follow shortly.


2018 Winter Sesshin-January 25-28

The retreat will be conducted in a format similar to past retreats at the Center.  The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, interview with the teacher, Dharma talks, yoga, and periods of work around the Center.  

Cost of the retreat is $60 per night.  Part-time attendance is permitted, however lodging preference will be given to full-time participants.  For more information about retreats at the NC Zen Center, please visit the Retreats Page on the Center’s website.  To register, click HERE.


General Information

Currently the Center is following a normal schedule, as indicated on the Schedule page.

The Center relies on volunteer help for its general care and maintenance, so there are always many large and small tasks that need attending to, including general tidying up and grounds care and maintenance, as well as many other opportunities to contribute time, skills and tools. Please contact the Center to find out what the current needs are and how you might help.

If you wish to contribute in any way, your help would be most welcome. Please call or email us for specific needs or other information.