Many Hands — Welcome!

Dear reader of “Many Hands,” we share your interest in Holistic Health in the Valley and appreciate your interest in Oxbow Zen!   Welcome!!

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

We have no fixed Zendo.  Several times a week we create a place for sincere practice in various locations.  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, we hold several day-long sits (Zazenkai) each year (e.g. Jan, Mar, Jun, Oct).  Occasional Dharma talks are offered by Lisa Soshin Dufour and Volker Kenko Ecke, senior Zen students of Roshi Enkyo O’Hara of the Village Zendo in New York City.



25 Main St


Sunday morning: Two rounds of sitting, Sunday 8:00-9:45 AM at the Upstairs Studio in the Fitzwilly’s Building, 25 Main St., Northampton MA.  The downstairs door opens at 7:45 AM.  If you haven’t been to the Upstairs Studio before it would be helpful to meet one of us downstairs the first time to find the space:  unfortunately, the path is up many flights of stairs, and through many hidden doors. Sadly there is no elevator.

Wednesday evening (starting Nov 15):  Two rounds of sitting, Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM (note the time) at a Sangha member’s house, where there is an elevator.  Contact us for further details at

Chairs are available at all sits.  If you have a mat, cushion or bench you like to use, please bring them along.  We are looking forward to sitting with you!

Affiliates:   Village Zendo,  Hyannis Zendo