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.

Oxbow Zen has resumed sitting in person for people who are vaccinated, boosted, and masked.  The sit continues also to be accessible **ONLINE**.  The video link will be sent around on the Oxbow Zen community email list in time before the sits. 

For more information, or if you are coming for the first time, please reach out to us directly at  oxbowzensangha@gmail.com.

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If you’re ready to sign up for the email list, you can initiate the process by sending us email: oxbowzensangha@gmail.com  Please include a few words about your interest in Oxbow Zen.

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Looking forward to connecting with you! 

In addition, the Village Zendo is offering regular daily morning sittings via Zoom, Mon-Fri 7:30-8:30, as well as many additional events; see https://villagezendo.org/online-zendo/ 

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 Roshi 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.

Contact us at  oxbowzensangha@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.  We are looking forward to sitting with you!

Sunday morning on Zoom: Two rounds of sitting, Sunday 8:00-9:20 AM.  Plan to be in your seat in person, or connect to the Zoom Zendo by 7:55.   Followed by Community Brunch and check-in at 9:30 AM.  All are invited!

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:  email oxbowzensangha@gmail.com and follow the emailed prompts.

Welcome to the community!

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

First Churches of Northampton, Center Street entrance.  Oxbow Zen shares a sitting space at First Churches of Northampton.