Upcoming Events

  1. Soen Yu WorkShop

    September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
  2. Foundations of Zen Sept 2019

    September 28 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Oct 5th One Day retreat with Nancy Hedgpeth JDPSN

    October 5 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  4. Permaculture and Zen Retreat

    October 11 @ 5:00 pm - October 14 @ 12:00 pm
  5. Special One Day Retreat with Nancy Hedgpeth JDPSN

    November 2 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Morning Practice Schedule

Mornings (including Sunday)
5:00 Wake up
5:15 108 Bows
5:45 Morning Bell Chant followed by Regular Chanting
6:30 - 7:00 Sitting meditation

5:00 Wake up
5:15 108 Bows
5:45 Regular Chanting
6:15 House meeting followed by 30 minutes sitting meditation

9:00 am Meditation Instruction Class
9:30 am Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between
10:45 am Dharma Talk
11:30am Refreshments

Morning and Evening Practice Are Open To The Public.

Evening Meditation Schedule

Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
7:00 Regular Chanting
7:20 - 8:20 Sitting & Walking Meditation

7:00 Regular Chanting
7:20 - 8:20 Sitting & Walking w/Kong-an Interviews

5:30 See our getting started classes..

7:00 Chanting
7:15-7:45 Sitting Meditation

Winter Kyol Che 2020

Winter Kyol Che 2020 takes place from Saturday January 4, 2020 through Friday April 3, 2020

Teacher schedule and more info here!

Ongoing Programs

  • Retreats
  • Weekly Meditation Classes
  • Guest Stay
  • Wednesday Public Dinner, Meditation Class and Practice
  • Sunday Meditation Class & Dharma Practice


Providence Zen Center holds at least one retreat every month, of varying durations. Participation in a retreat is a time to investigate your life closely. This experience can bring about a clearer, more compassionate direction, and more harmonious relationships within all aspects of life. Check out our various retreats.

Weekly Meditation Classes

Weekly Meditation Classes are always free but a suggested donation of $5 helps us keep these programs running. If you are interested in learning about zen meditation, the best way to start is to attend a walk-in meditation instruction class at the zen center. By attending the class you will learn about what zen teaching is and the meditation techniques that we use here, as well as a general introduction to the zen center. No registration is required. Weekly Meditation Classes.

Guest Stay

Our Guest Stay program is designed to allow folks to stay in the Zen Center and experience community life for a short period of time, without the rigorous schedule of a retreat. All faiths and cultures are welcome to come learn more about Zen Center life and our Buddhist practice. Guest Stay Program.

Wednesday Public Dinner, Meditation Class and Practice

Wednesday Public Vegetarian Dinner 5:30-6:00 followed by meditation instruction class at 6:15pm. Chanting begins at 7:00pm. There will be sitting meditation, walking meditation and Interviews or a Dharma Talk from 7:15pm - 8:20pm. Wednesday Public Dinner and Meditation Class.

Sunday Meditation Class & Dharma Practice

9:00 am–9:30 am: Meditation Instruction Class 9:30am – 10:40 am: Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between 10:45am–11:30am: A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments. Talks are a great opportunity to learn more about zen teaching. They consist of a short introductory talk by a student followed by a question and answer session with a teacher or senior student. Sunday Meditation Class & Dharma Practice.

Most programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. We are able to keep these programs running because of the continued support and donations made by people like you. Thank you.

"Zen practice helps us to realize our true self and serve this world with wisdom and compassion." Zen Master Seung Sahn