​​Online Zazenkai (group sitting)


All zazenkai include teisho (explanation and instruction), Q&A, zazen (sitting), and walking. Dokusan (brief one-on-one Q&A) is also possible.

Jisho instructs in Japanese, and Madoka translates between English and Japanese during lectures and Q&A. She has studied with Jisho for several years and is a reliable interpreter.

  • Satori (enlightenment) is possible if you learn to do zazen correctly. Once you know what zazen really is, you can sit on your own anywhere.

  • To enable you to do your Zen practice on your own, our explanations are concrete and straightforward. We welcome questions and provide sincere guidance. 

  • We allocate time for questions because a degree of understanding helps you to sit without doubting your practice.

  • Brief one-on-one questions (called "dokusan") are also possible if you prefer to ask your questions privately. If you would like longer private instruction, that can be scheduled for a separate time. 

  • An approximate timetable of our zazenkai is below. The schedule may change depending on participants and how many questions there are.

  • Beginners are welcome. Long-term practitioners will also benefit greatly from Jisho-san's instruction.

  • Our instruction aims to enable you to sit in zazen on your own. 

Dates and times

(Dates and times are Japan standard time-JST)  

(time converter: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

18:00-22:00 JST:  Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4. 

  • London 10:00-14:00

  • Nairobi 12:00-16:00

  • Colombo 14:30-18:30

  • Sydney 20:00-24:00

8:00AM-noon JST: Sep 22, Oct 20, Nov 10, Dec 22.

  • Sydney  8:00-12:00/From Oct 20, 10:00am-14:00

  • Auckland  10:00-14:00/From Oct 20, noon-16:00

  • California  15:00/From Oct 20, 16:00-

  • New York   18:00/From Oct 20, 18:00-

  • London 23:00-03:00/From Oct 20, 00:00-04:00

Zazen Timetable

  • Open Zoom meeting (10 minutes prior to start)

  • Lecture on Zen, truth, satori (enlightenment), Q&A (60 min)

  • Zazen (30 min)

  • Kinhin zen (5 min) 

  • Break (5 min)

  • Q&A (30 min)

  • Zazen (30 min)

  • Kinhin (walking zen; 5 min)

  • Break (5 min)

  • Zazen (30 min)

  • Q&A (20 min)

Participation Fee

4,000 yen (approx $39 US)

If you are unable to afford this, let us know and we will adjust accordingly. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Please use the reservation system on the Reservations page.

Zazenkai in Japanese

Jisho has regular zazenkai in Japanese every weekend.

See his Japanese site, Muishinso, for details. 




  • Sep 21 Upcoming zazenkai (Japan time):

   Sep 22 8:00am (Sep 21 in N/S America)

   Oct 2 18:00

   Oct 20 8:00am (Oct 19 in N/S America)

     Nov 6 18:00

     Nov10  8:00am (Nov 9 in N/S America)

     Dec 4  18:00

     Dec 22 8:00am (Dec 21 in N/S America)

   Reservations can be made here. 


Introductory Video

Take a look at this video for a good introduction to Zen and Zen practice. 



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