Upcoming Events & Announcements


Saturday, October 22, 6am – 9pm.
Zazenkai is a daylong retreat devoted to samadhi practice, with Great Silence observed throughout the day.…

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Taiko Drumming

Saturday, November 12, 10am – 3pm.
Come explore both cultural and spiritual aspects of this ancient, yet uniquely modern art form.…

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Volunteer at Sweetwater

There are many ways to volunteer at Sweetwater Zen Center. We invite all those interested to work with us to volunteer at SWZC.…

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Council Practice

Wednesdays 7pm- 9pm. Council is a free event and is open to anyone who is interested, meditation practice is not required to participate. …

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Day of Reflection

Once a month (close to the full moon) we do a Day of Reflection which is an adaptation of the ancient Fusatsu or renewing of vows ceremony. …

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Current Residency Openings

Current Openings.  SWZC accepts applications for residency throughout the year on an ongoing basis. We currently have the following residential openings:…

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As a small community temple one of the goals of SWZC is to support the expression of wisdom and compassion in the context of work, family life, and the other responsibilities that make up our shared daily lives.

The center supports a residential training program, as well as a regional commuter sangha in the greater San Diego-Tijuana border region. Formal practice at SWZC centers on four aspects: zazen, council practice, studying with a teacher, and service through social action and community involvement.


New to Meditation?

We offer many opportunities to introduce you to Zen Meditation Practice.

Every Sunday we run an introduction to meditation class (zazen) which covers some history, zazen posture and ways to integrate meditation in your every day life.

We offer individual meetings with a zen teacher, in which you can discuss your practice and zazen experiences. 

Throughout the year we offer various events, often held on weekends. These events focus on the various practices used at Sweetwater. We have sesshins (silent retreats) almost every month of the year, individuals are encouraged to explore these practices and participate as much as their schedule allows. 

Support  Sweetwater

Make a Donation


Sweetwater Zen Center is a non-profit 501(3)c organization and as such your donations are tax deductible. We rely on the donations from people like you to be able to provide the many programs offered at the Zen Center.


Become a Member


The support of the Membership is essential for the functioning of Sweetwater Zen Center.
Without you we cannot maintain our practice center in the South Bay. This dependable monthly donation allows us to budget and plan.                                                            Read More >>


Volunteer Opportunities


Sweetwater’s mission is to provide a refuge for all those interested in awakening and community engagement. As a volunteer-based community, with a weekly meditation schedule and a diversity of active programs, SWZC would not be possible without the effort, generosity and volunteer support of our many dedicated volunteers.                  

Weekly Schedule

- Evenings -

7:00 pm zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30 pm kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40 pm zazen
8:10 pm kinhin
8:20 pm zazen
8:50 pm Four vows (chanting)

7:00 pm zazen
7:15 pm kinhin
7:20 pm council practice

no formal sitting

5:00 pm zazen
6:00 pm Four vows

- Mornings -

Wednesday to Friday
6:00 am zazen
6:30 am kinhin
6:40 am zazen
7:10 am verse of the kesa
7:20 am Service

Sunday Program
9:30 am Gate of Sweet Nectar
9:50 am zazen
10:15 am kinhin
10:25 am zazen
10:50 am End/Short break
11:00 am Dharma Talk
*10:00am Intro to Meditation Class