Ongoing Practice Opportunities

*All Practice Opportunities are at Dharma Gate unless otherwise noted: 1910 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144 (map at bottom of the page)

Monday Evenings – 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Meditation and Program

View our Monday Program schedule here. Meditation begins promptly at 6:30 pm, so please arrive early to hang  your coat, remove your shoes and find a seat in the meditation hall. Zabuton (mats) and Zafu (cushions) are provided as well as a limited number of Seiza meditation benches. Chairs are also provided for those who can not sit on the floor. Our Monday program begins with two periods of sitting meditation, each followed by walking meditation (one hour total). Meditation is followed by Sutra Service, Community Gathering, Discussion, Guided Total Relaxation, or other Mindfulness Practices. If you arrive early, please stay in the foyer or the kitchen until the small bell is sounded to signal walking meditation. At that point you can join the group.

Second Monday Evenings – 5:30 PM, Orientation 
Newcomers are invited to come early for an orientation of the zendo and our MCPS practice community.

1st and 3rd Sunday Evenings – 6:00 to 8:00 PM, People of Color group

Includes 2 periods of sitting and walking meditation during the first hour, followed by a peer-convened Contemplative Dharma sharing.

3rd Sunday Mornings – 9:30- 11:00 AM, Families with Children: Morning of Mindfulness

The aim of this group is to support children and parents to grow in mindfulness together, and there will be a separate program for parents and children. Please Join us!

Thursday Mornings – 6:30-8:30 AM, Meditation and Breakfast

The Thursday morning practice is designed to support deepening of our practice in the context of sangha relationships. Meditation begins promptly at 6:30 am, so please arrive by 6:25 to hang up your coat, remove your shoes and find a seat in the meditation hall. We sit in meditation from 6:30 to 6:50 am, then enjoy ten minutes of walking meditation in our lovely outdoor walking meditation garden. Do bring a warm jacket as well as shoes suitable for walking in the garden; we are committed to our weekly garden walk together, which we do whether it is dark, dawn, dry, wet, raining, or snowing. When we return inside to the mediation hall, we conclude with another fifteen minutes of sitting meditation, followed by a brief sutra service in which we typically read a sutra or a selection from a book by Thich Nhat Hanh. We understand that many working people have to leave Dharma Gate by 7:30 in order to get to work on time. However, those who can stay enjoy sharing breakfast together between 7:30 and 8:30 am.  Please bring a breakfast item to share communally, like some fruit, yogurt, muffins or granola. During breakfast we practice sharing our food and eating mindfully. We also engage in Dharma discussion, typically discussing the reading from the Sutra Service and its application to our own situation. We deepen and explore our friendship by discussing the ways our practice has taken root and is being expressed in our lives. This group meets every Thursday, including Thanksgiving and when Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on Thursday. Everyone is welcome, even those who are relatively new to practice.  It is advised that you attend Orientation prior to attending Thursday Morning.

First Friday Evenings – 7:00-9:00 PM, Wake Up Group for young adults ages 18-35
Mindfulness activities including sitting meditation, movement, singing for practitioners 35 and under interested in building community with younger practitioners. Please join the Wake Up Seattle google group to get updates about practice times and location. You can also read more about the international Wake Up movement here.

Last Saturday Morning – 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM, Dharma Gate Facility and Garden Work Party 
Members of both sanghas that own the Dharma Gate facility join together from 8:30AM to 12:30PM on the last Saturday of each month to care for and improve our meditation “home”.  Please join us and bring work gloves and clothes.  For more information, contact Ellie Graham or Kay Peters.

Quarterly Practice Committee Meetings / Board Meetings

See our upcoming schedule for more details.

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