Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center brings the tradition of Soto Zen Buddhism to the San Francisco peninsula and the South Bay. Individuals from Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Jose , and surrounding communities come together for zazen, to study Buddhist teachings, and to explore the meaning of Zen practice in their busy lives and in the modern world. In the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi, the center provides a supportive environment in which centuries-old teachings and traditions complement the creative and caring spirit of contemporary America.
The practice at Kannon Do includes morning zazen at 5:30 and 6:20 AM and at 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, we have a longer schedule including zazen, breakfast, and a work period. A weekly Dharma talk is presented on Wednesday evenings by the abbot or a guest speaker. Dharma school takes place once each month on a Saturday morning.
Kannon Do frequently receives visitors from the many schools in the area, including Stanford University, Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, and a number of community colleges and high schools.
For the past ten years, the current abbot of Kannon Do has been teaching the Meditation at Work training program to businesses and government agencies in the area, The goal of this program is to offer zazen practice to the thousands of people who are interested in practice but whose very busy lives with families and jobs prevent them from coming to Kannon Do. Its purpose is to help companies and government agencies provide the opportunity for their employees to do daily meditation in their offices or work environment. Through this program, zazen has been taught at Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Netscape, Nortel Networks, and NEC Electronics, as well as at government agencies including Santa Clara County, San Jose City Hall, Mountain View City Hall, Santa Clara Medical Center, and Santa Clara Emergency Dispatchers
The abbot’s book, Zen at Work, was published in 1996. In 1978, he wrote a book about ooryooki, which is sent to Zen Centers in the U.S. upon request.
Kannon Do is a non-residential center, voluntarily maintained and supported by its members. There are no membership or financial requirements to participate in its activities. Its business affairs are managed by a board of directors that meets monthly.