Sitting ‘Round Town

We are pleased to have Leonard Marcel Roshi and Br. Mark Filut OCSO lead our local sittings, giving talks and/or providing opportunities for interviews. Donation envelopes marked “for Teacher Support” will be available at all sittings. With your support we can continue to be generous to our teachers.

If you'd like to attend one of our events or if you'd like more information, please email us--go to Contact Us.

First Saturday retreats in Bethany House at the Trappist Abbey,
Lafayette, Oregon

9:00 am. to 12:00 noon (Arrive by 8:45 at the latest)
Although the formal retreat ends at noon, sitters are welcome to return to the hall for sitting from 1:00 until 2:30 pm.
First Saturday (sometimes second Saturday) dates and teachers for the months ahead:
May 3, Leonard Marcel
Jun 7, Br. Mark Filut
Jul 12, Br. Mark Filut
Aug 2, Leonard Marcel
Sep 6, Leonard Marcel
An introduction to sitting will be offered by our teachers before each Saturday retreat. Designed for those who are new to the practice of sitting prayer or meditation, these 20-30 minute workshops will begin at 8:15 am at Bethany House.

Zazenkai, followed by a study group, is conducted at the Stones and Clouds zendo on scheduled Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  In addition to formal zazen there will be a sutra service, teisho, and kyosaku. Participants are asked to bring their own lunches. Tea and water will be provided.  Please contact Leonard Marcel at 503.636.9009 or if you are planning to attend and for more information both on the zazenkai and study group.  The next scheduled zazenkai is May 10.

Portland Area Sittings
Monday evening zazen from 7:00 pm. to 8:30 pm at the Stones and Clouds Zendo in Lake Oswego most Mondays. Dokusan/interviews will be offered. Cushions, benches, and stools are available.  Please contact Leonard Marcel at 503.636.9009 or for more information. 

Corvallis Sittings
Monday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (except Labor Day) at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC), 128 SW 9th St., Corvallis.
Contacts: Jane Huyer, 541.752.6597,, or Glenna Pittock, 541.752.6139,

Olympia Sittings
Monday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 pm and every Saturday morning from 6:00 to 8:00 am in the Chapel of St. Michael Church, 1021 Boundary St. SE, Olympia WA 98501.  There are three sittings (from 6:00 to 7:30), followed by a reading from contemplative writers and a questions and coments period. Contact: Pat Harvey, 360-357-8401,

Redmond Sittings
Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm at 258 SW 5th St, Redmond OR 97756. Contact: Richard or Leanne Latterell at 541-923-7607.

Other Pacific Northwest Diamond Sangha Groups
NO Sangha, Port Angeles
Teacher: Kristen Larsen. Zazen Saturday mornings, 8:00 to 9:30 am. Contact: Kristen and Bill Larson at NOSangha  or 360-452-5534

Three Treasures Sangha, Seattle
Teacher: Jack Duffy. Zazen at Dharma Gate (1910 24th Ave S) on Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Friday mornings 6:30 to 7:30 am, followed by breakfast. For more information or for a schedule of zazenkai and retreats, contact Larry Keil at 206-322-8759 or visit


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