Welcome

Oxbow Zen is sitting together **ONLINE** for the time being during this time of physical distancing.  An email with the video link will be sent around on the Oxbow Zen community email list in time before the sits.  Looking forward to sitting with you! 

In addition, the Village Zendo will be offering daily morning sittings via Zoom, Mon-Fri 7:30-8:30.   Details and recommendations at https://villagezendo.org/online-zendo/ 


Oxbow Zen is a group of Zen practitioners in the greater Northampton, Massachusetts, area. Our aim is to offer a refuge for people to practice and learn about Zen meditation; our wish is to nourish a community to support and deepen our practice together.

Practicing in the White Plum Lineage of Zen, we invite meditators from all traditions to participate. We typically open and close with a short chanting service.

In addition to regular sits, we also engage in monthly Study opportunities and hold day-long sits (Zazenkai) several times each year (e.g. Jan, Mar, Oct).  Occasional Dharma talks are offered by Dharma Holder Lisa Soshin Dufour and Senior Student Volker Kenko Ecke, Zen students of Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Sensei Ryotan Eiger of the Village Zendo in New York City.   Opportunity for private interview with Soshin Hoshi is available.

Please check the Calendar Page to find out about up-to-date events and details.   Take a look at the News Page to read more detailed announcements and other news.

The sits are taking place in a space at the Friends Meeting House in Northampton, MA (directions).   Chairs are available at all sits.  If you have a mat, cushion or bench you like to use, please bring them along. Contact us at  oxbowzensangha@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.  We are looking forward to sitting with you!

Sunday morning: Two rounds of sitting, Sunday 8:15-9:30 AM.  Plan to arrive between 7:55 and 8:10 AM to set up the Zendo and your seat.

Additional opportunities:  include half-day or full-day sits (Zazenkai), Dharma Wheels Road Trips,  Village Zendo events, ….  To fully engage in the conversation, please subscribe to the email list:  send email to oxbow-zen-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and follow the emailed prompts.

Image for Friends Meeting House
This image shows what the Friends Meeting House in Northampton looks like from the street. We meet here for weekly meditation.

Welcome to the community!

Affiliates:   Village Zendo,  Hyannis Zendo, New Paltz Zen Center