Wednesday, July 4, 2018

No Special Situation Required

Don’t let what might seem a less-than-optimal situation keep you from doing zazen. No special situation is required, nor does it even exist: there will always be a crow cawing in the distance, a clock ticking on the wall, a refrigerator humming, a dog barking, or a kid playing with LEGO in the corner. These are only distractions if we allow our minds to be occupied with them. When we let them come and go like the clouds in the sky, what were once distractions become part of the topography of zazen. (Photo: Buddha in the Gaitan, New Orleans Zen Temple, by @gsenns)

Closed Through July

It’s true—the Dust Bowl Dojo is closed through July.

Through this simmering summer month, we encourage you to continue your zazen practice wherever you find yourself.

The ZFB will continue to post content to Instagram, Facebook, and Insight Timer group (Zen Fellowship of Bakersfield), so check in, like things, and feel free to reach out for continued support.

We will begin again August 4.

A thousand gasshos!

Mushotoku Heart-Mind

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sesshin - A Zen Retreat - 16-17 February 2018


In Zen, the sesshin is a retreat offering intensive practice of zazen (sitting concentration), kinhin (walking concentration), and samu (work practice).
Sesshin literally means "touch the mind." This retreat is an excellent opportunity to experience true Zen practice, whether you are a long-time practitioner or just beginning.

We will  meet in the Center for Spiritual Living, housed in a beautiful and historic old brownstone in downtown Bakersfield.

Included with Your Registration

  • Zen introduction for beginners
  • Intensive Zen meditation
  • Mondo question and answer
  • Qi gong led by an experienced practitioner
  • Saturday breakfast and lunch
Those without prior experience are welcome! However, some beginners may find the rigors of Zen practice intense. For this reason, if you are new to practice, we ask that you email the director from the Contact page to inquire further. Also consider attending one of our regularly scheduled morning sessions to experience zazen before the sesshin.

Date, Time, Location

Center for Spiritual Living
Bakersfield, California (map provided to registrants)
Friday, February 16: 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 17: 6-5 p.m.

One-day Saturday attendees are welcome (same cost)


Payable by cash, check, or card the day of the event.
  • Standard Registration: $60
  • Fellowship Member in Good Standing: $55
  • High School/College Student: $35


To register and reserve your spot, send an email to the ZFB Director. Use "Sesshin Registration" as your subject line. In your message, include the following information:
  1. Name
  2. Telephone
  3. City/State
  4. How you heard about the retreat
  5. Brief description of meditation experience
We look forward to practicing with you!