Introduction to Zen Practice, Photo by Robin Ramirez

Covid 19 Updates and Protocols

Dear Friends of the Dust Bowl Dojo,

We have begun our live dojo practice again, with some restrictions. As we begin in-person practice and instruct, we want to make sure that precautions are taken to minimize risk.
Due to the size of the dojo and the lack of open-air ventilation, dojo practice is limited to those who have completed the vaccination process. If you would like to attend, please fill out the In-Person Zazen Attendance Form. and then be sure to bring your vaccination card for confirmation.
Proof of vaccination is required at this time in order to attend in person, and masks must be worn properly at all times in the dojo.

If you have not completed the vaccination process, you are welcome to participate via Zoom. See the dojo calendar for Zoom links.

Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to practicing together safely!

General Information

The Zen Fellowship practices at Bakersfield Budo (see map below) on Saturday mornings from 7:30-9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted on the calendar. Other weekday sessions may also be scheduled.

Do you practice at another dojo? From out of town? New to Zen? No matter! All are welcome. A small donation is encouraged but is not required.

If you are new to practice, the best way to begin is to attend one of our "Introduction to Zen Practice" events. However, if you don't find one coming up soon, we will be happy on any given Saturday to provide you with a primer in dojo and zazen instruction before your first sitting. Read our Practicalities of the Dojo page for some preliminary advice on dress and other matters, and a sneak peek of what to expect, and then contact us to request an introduction.

Contact us first. If you have requested an intro, arrive thirty minutes prior to start time to fill out a waiver and receive an instruction. A donation of $20 ($10 for students) is appreciated - more or less as you are able. Your tax deductible offering will go toward furthering our mission of bringing Zen practice to the community.


If you are interested in childcare, see our childcare policy and contact us to request.


Bakersfield Budo
1100 24th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301