Dokusan (Practice Discussion)

Dokusan or practice discussion is a one-on-one meeting with one of the teachers at Stone Creek Zen Center. You are welcome to make an appointment with any of the teachers to talk about Zen practice and its place in your life. You do not need to have a specific question. Dokusan is chance to reflect together on the challenges and subtleties of practice meeting your life. It can be a way to deepen your engagement with practice.


There are signup sheets for dokusan at the center. Typical appointment times:

11:00 and11:45 am on Wednesdays for Dojin
11:00 and11:45 am on Thursdays for Korin
Jisho by appointment
5:15 pm on every other Tuesday for Burt
11:00 am on Thursdays and Fridays for Edmee

To make an appointment at another time, please send us an email or leave a message at Stone Creek: 829-1129.


Let the teacher know you are here, unless the door is closed. When the bell is rung, come to the dokusan room, enter, and gassho (bow, palms together) to the altar. Close the door, sit down in the chair facing the teacher, and exchange gasshos with her or him. Do the same when you leave.


The abiding teacher and the head priests may share some of the general content of dokusan as part of teacher training for the head priests and in their collective effort to lead and nurture the Sangha. Any such sharing will be held within this circle of confidentiality. If there is anything in particular you would rather stay with just the priest you are speaking with in that moment, please let the priest know, and your preference will be honored. There is no reciprocal expectation of confidence: you are free to share the dokusan discussion.

Soto Zen in Sonoma County