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Floating Zendo is a place for Soto Zen practice in San Jose, CA and other locations

Intro to Floating Zendo (San Jose)

Floating Zendo is a Zen meditation group led by Angie Boissevain, Sensei, based in San Jose, California. Angie teaches in multiple locations, hence the name Floating zendo. Floating Zendo practices Zen in the Soto lineage from Japan, founded by Dogen Zenji. We have a weekly meeting in San Jose, CA. We practice zazen (seated meditation), among other activities, each week. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Although we are a small community, we have a number of ongoing practices, mostly centered in or around San Jose:

  • The primary ongoing zazen/meditation practice is held weekly with Angie on Tuesday nights at the Friends’ Meeting House in San Jose. After zazen, we study Zen or Buddhist works, such as the writings of Dogen and other teachers in the tradition, the Buddhist Precepts, the Heart Sutra, and other topics.
  • Teachers from other locations and/or traditions periodically sit with us in San Jose and offer teaching.
  • Longer sits of 3 to 6 hours are offered the second Saturday of the month at the Friends’ House in San Jose.
  • A week-long sesshin (retreat) is offered at a variable location each summer, in the greater San Jose/Silicon Valley/Bay Area.
  • More intensive study groups at local private homes are accessable via conference calling for those out of the area.
  • A student may choose to undertake the contemplative practice of hand sewing a rakusu, a symbol of Shakyamuni Buddha’s robe. In the Jukai ceremony, the student accepts the precepts and the teacher gives the student the rakusu with their Dharma name written on the inside.