Schedule & Events

Fall 2017 Practice Period Has Started!

Note: Zen Center Fresno is closed this week (Saturday, November 25)   We will resume regular gatherings on Saturday, Dec. 2; and will have a special Full Moon Ceremony.

In the meanwhile, we hope you have an opportunity to connect with family and friends. It’s also a chance to reflect with gratitude about the things that support your life.

ZCF had its first Practice Period Nov 4-5 with our first Weekend Retreat.  We had special ceremonies and give-aways!

The tradition of intensive or focused periods of practice is common to many schools of Buddhism. In the Zen tradition these are known as Practice Periods (Japanese: Ango; “Peaceful Dwelling”).   This is an opportunity for you​ ​to clarify your spiritual intentions; and to deepen​ ​your practice and to integrate it into your life more fully. You can create your own schedule, based on what you can attend.  The Theme for the Fall 2017 Practice Period is: Vow​ ​and​ ​Intention​.   You can download the Practice Period flyer here: 2017 Fall Practice Period

Regular Features:

Our regular weekly meeting is: Saturdays 9-11 a.m. — Each session includes two periods of seated Zen meditation, a period of walking meditation, a talk, discussion, and light refreshments. Meditation instruction is provided for newcomers. One-to-one private meetings with a trained teacher are also available upon request.  (Email for gate code:

ZCF offers many events throughout the year, including extended meditation retreats.  We also offer extended sitting schedules and one-day intensives (“Zazenkai”) on occasional Saturdays.  We will have occasional special Public Lectures, classes, or other events.    Please check our Facebook page for information; and please “like” us!

We no longer have regular Monday or Wednesday EVENING meetings!

For further information, call Rev. Norm at  (559) 301-6570.   Leave a message.

If no answer, call Rev. Bruce at (559) 433-5379; 0r Rev. Brian at (559) 916-0988.



Central Valley Zen Foundation

The Central Valley Zen Foundation (CVZF) is a non-profit religious organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism. The Foundation is funded by tax deductible donations and currently supportsfour Zen practice groups in California’s Central Valley: Empty Nest Zen Group in North Fork, Valley Heartland Zen Group in Modesto, Zen Center of Fresno, and Modesto Zen Buddhist Recovery Group. CVZF was founded by Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson.