1995-2017 by Hideki Shiohira
Calligraphy by Shiohira Sensei


Zazen is the seated meditation aspect of Zen training. The Aikido Center conducts zazen training as part of the Shugyo training for Aikido Students with guidance from the Center for the Way.

Forty-Five minute Zazen sessions are held in San Francisco dojo on Monday and Wednesdays (schedule). Zazen sessions in Mountain View dojo are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (schedule).
Zazen is not a requirement of Aikido. These sessions however are of benefit for those wanting to attend the more intense Zazenkai sessions held monthly.

Zazenkai Sessions are generally held on the last Saturday of each month. These sessions start at 2:00 pm and end at 6:30 pm. Participants engage in zazen, shodo (calligraphy), okkyo (chanting), and sarei (tea). Zazenkai zazen meditation sessions are longer and are not recommended for beginning Zen students.