Upcoming Events & Announcements

Ango/Practice Period 2017

Sun, June 4th – Sun, August 27th.
Ango is a 90-day intensive practice period. Join us in deepening our relationship to practice!…

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Sesshin/Silent Retreat

Tue, July 18th – Sun, July 23rd.
Sesshin is a Japanese term that translates literally “to unify the heart-mind.” Join us and dive into the practice of One-Body.…

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Summer Fundraising 2017

Give now to support the mission of Sweetwater Zen Center!

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Sunday Program

Join us every week for our Sunday Program. Spend a morning with us to learn more about our community and our practice.     …

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Intro to Meditation Class

Come learn the basics every Sunday at 10 a.m. There is no need to make a reservation, just show up at the Zen Center. …

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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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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

Tuesdays - Saturdays

5:30AM – Wake up
6:00AM- Zazen (sitting meditation)
6:30AM- Kinhin (walking meditation)
6:40AM - Zazen
7:10AM- Verse of the Kesa & Kinhin
7:20AM– Standing Chanting Service
8:15AM- Breakfast
9:00AM– Work Period (Fri & Sat working together)
12:30 PM- End Work
1:00 PM- Lunch
1:30PM- Work Period
3:00PM– Exercise/Study Period
4:30PM– Chant/Zazen (Tuesdays- NVC)
5:30PM– Dinner Break
7:00PM- Zazen
7:30PM- Kinhin
7:40PM- Zazen (Tuesday Council 7:20pm)
8:10PM- Kinhin
8:20PM- Zazen
8:50PM- Four Vows

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


Hosan (Day off). No scheduled sitting. Zendo open for solo-sitting.