A new ethics policy along with a grievance and reconciliation process has been created for the centre. The sangha was fully involved with each step of the work, allowing the wisdom that arises from a large group. Thanks everyone! The policy can be seen here.

Three sangha meetings were held to discuss Sasaki Roshi’s misconduct and our centre’s response. These meetings allowed a sharing of the issue among members and a review of a first draft of a statement as the response. A team was formed to finalize the statement, integrate it into the website, and check this with those at the sangha meeting and other core members. The statement that resulted from this process can be seen on the Lineage page.

The sangha meetings also charged the team to propose a first draft of an ethics and reconciliation process for the centre. This is being worked on and further sangha meetings will review and give feedback  as this progresses to completion.

Last Sunday twenty children with ten adults from the Unitarian Church of Vancouver visited the centre. The purpose was to let the children see and get a taste of Zen. The program included short mindfulness ‘games’, a kinhin, everyone practicing ringing the inkin bell, formal serving of tea and homemade mini-cupcakes, and ending with the children trying all the gongs, bells , mokugyo and clappers. Everyone, both visitors and staff, had a great time!

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Residency is available at the Zen Centre for all or part of April 22 to July 16. This offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in practice with a customized full- or part-time program, plus ongoing guidance from Eshin. The program will include

• Accommodation with an en suite bathroom
• Zen style breakfast with Eshin
• Daily zazen
• Work periods
• Regular one-on-one meetings with Eshin

Please note that donation is expected for the room and board. As well, if staying during May 3–9, attendance at sesshin is required.

Please apply directly to Eshin using the Contact page; details can be worked out at that time.

All members are invited and encouraged to participate in a dialogue on the evolving well-being of our Zen Centre. The next dialogue will be held on Saturday, February 8th, from 11 am to 1 pm, immediately following the regular mid-morning sit.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the centre
1pm, Sunday 26 January


I have resigned my position as administrative abbot of Rinzai-ji. The appointment had come on March 27 2013. I have worked hard on the needed transformation and made a solid contribution. But it’s impossible to fulfill the responsibilities of two centres at the same time. Recently I’ve been weighing up the factors. In Vancouver the centre has been established over decades. Many students take me as their teacher. It’s impossible to leave a centre without finding a suitable replacement. None could be found. At Rinzai-ji I found circumstances limited for what I could offer. There were difficulties in moving on a permanent basis. Visa, health, and marriage among them.

I will stay in Los Angeles at least until mid-January. I greatly look forward to practicing with you after that.

Eshin Godfrey