Ongoing Practice Schedule

*All Practice Opportunities are at Dharma Gate unless otherwise noted: 1910 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

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

  • December 4th: Two periods of sitting and walking meditation. Sutra Service led by John M.
  • December 11th: **Orientation for those new to MCPS at 5:30pm.  Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony with Anita.
  • December 18th: One period of sitting and walking meditation. Part 3 of 6-Month Series with Serena and Jabali: Social Justice and the Third Mindfulness Training: True Love.
  • December 25th: Two periods of sitting and walking meditation. Sangha building and singing Buddhist renditions of popular holiday songs.

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.

NEW ON TUESDAYS: 6 WEEK DROP-IN GUIDED MEDITATION SERIES

New to meditation? Want support with your current practice? Come join us in guided sitting and walking meditation. You can sit in a chair, sit on a cushion or lie down during our practice time.

Breath-based series on the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing: Anapanasati Sutra

When: Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm, starting on Halloween for the five following Tuesdays: 10/31, 11/07, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, and 12/5.

Dana/Donation Based. For more information, contact Genevieve at mcpsdharmaideas@gmail.com

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

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

Families with Children: Weekend Mornings of Mindfulness

Saturday, September 9th 10 to 11:30am
Saturday, October 21st. 10am to 1pm, joining the larger Sangha in a Day of Mindfulness.
Saturday, November 18th 10:00 to 11:30am
Saturday, December 9th  10:00 to 11:30am

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! We will start with a song or two, then we will ring a bell and sit for about 5 minutes. Then we will do pebble meditation and walking meditation together. Then the children will go with at least two adults to the park, library, or to the kitchen to make food. Parents will have sitting meditation and Dharma sharing. Kids will come back and join the Dharma sharing. We will end with a mindful snack starting with 5 minutes of quiet, if we can. Then we will finish with a few more songs.

Thursday Mornings – 6:30-8:30AM, 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. Bring a warm jacket as well as shoes suitable for walking in the garden; we are committed to our weekly garden walk together, 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 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 new to practice.  It is advised that you attend Orientation (5:30pm, 2nd Monday evening) prior to attending.

Thursday Morning Yoga @ 10:30AM

Mindful Gentle Yoga class led by Charlie Heffernan. All are welcome. The class is donation-based and you are encouraged to only pay if your budget allows. Friends from the neighborhood are welcome.

Last Saturday Mornings – 8:30AM- 12:30PM, 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

Practice Committee Meetings; All are welcome

November 4th, 9am-12pm, lunch 12-1pm: Practice Committee will have a 1/2 day organizational meeting called: How we’re running this place – Keeping the Dharma Wheel Turning
It is our intention to have at least one person from each constituent group at the meetings to report on the latest activities, future plans, concerns. Reports from the groups are helpful if there is not a representative. All MCPS members are invited to attend and contribute. To send an email with your MCPS Practice Committee Suggestions, click here.

Board Meetings; All are welcome, 4:15-6:15PM

Monday, October 23                   Monday, December 4                    Monday, January 15

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Monday, February 12th (During regular Monday practice time)

Optional sitting begins in the Zendo at 3:45pm for those who can make it. All MCPS members are welcome to attend Board meetings. If you have something you would like to bring forward to the Board, please let Robbie know two weeks before the meeting when the agenda is being set.
This page is updated at the end of each month.