Clouds In Water Zen Center


A vibrant urban community in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition dedicated to awakening the heart of great wisdom and compassion

We welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths.


We warmly invite you to join us in person on weekdays for meditation and on Sunday mornings for meditation and the weekly Dharma talk. To see the full schedule, please click on the "Join Us" tab above.

You can also join us on Zoom


August Sesshin – Aug 13-14

Sesshin, which means “collecting the heart/mind”, provides a rare chance to step into a sanctuary of stillness, to close the door for a little while on the cacophony, and to appreciate the freedom and spaciousness of life in the present. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, we hope you will consider joining this wonderful practice.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – Aug 28

This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation.

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Fall Practice Period: Whole Hearted Practice of the Way – Sept 9-Nov 13

Practice Period is a time when the whole community comes together with practice energy, encouraging participants to make commitments to daily practice, Sunday service and community events. This practice period, we have the special privilege of supporting Taizan Alford in his priest training.

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Dharma Talks

Buddhist Themes Through a BIPOC Lens

Dharma talk by Busshin Carol Iwata, Keika Karin San Juan, Marcus Young 楊墨, GyokuJun Didi Koka, Zenzele Isoke and Felicia Sy on Sunday, April 18, 2021. A panel of our Clouds in Water Race, Love and Liberation LAB, plus some of the facilitators of our Black, Indigenous and other People of Color Sitting Group, talk…

Reopening Clouds in Water

Dharma talk by Toku Cynthia Scott on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-04-04: The Place of Hope in Buddhist Practice

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, April 4, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-28: Refuge

Dharma talk by Shodo Spring on Sunday, March 28, 2021. Work-Practice opportunities at Mountains and Waters Alliance, April -June 2021. April-June, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-21: Things Disappear

Dharma talk by Myo-O Habermas-Scher on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-14: Practicing with the Four Dharma Seals in our Response to Hate Crimes

Dharma talk by Sosan Flynn and Jake Nagasawa on Sunday, March 14, 2021. How do we practice with the four dharma seals (impermanence, no separate self, suffering, and nirvana) in our response to hate crimes? Guiding Teacher Sosan presents the last of four talks on the four dharma seals and has invited Buddhist scholar and…

New To Zen Buddhism?

Learn about practicing at Clouds in Water and read some basic advice on meditation.

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