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Kannon Do

Zen Meditation Center

Kannon Do Temporarily Closed

All in person events at Kannon Do will be closed for a few weeks starting March 10th, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. Your safety is our #1 priority. Here are details about online meditation sessions and dharma talks via Zoom until our usual programs resume. You can find recordings of the dharma talks on our YouTube channel. In addition, please check our website and Facebook Page for the latest updates. Here are letters from our abbott and personal stories from our sangha members during the quarantine.

Thank you,

The Kannon Do Leadership Team

Kannon Do, located in Mountain View, brings the spiritual practice of Soto Zen Buddhism to the Peninsula and South Bay.  Its mission is to provide a welcoming environment for individuals to explore Zen practice as well as to encourage a spiritual worldview that will bring balance to the distractions and demands of life in the modern world.

Primary activities include: 

  • Meditation
  • Exploration of Buddhist teachings
  • Discovering ways that Zen practice can be expressed in the activities of daily life

Kannon Do is a non-residential center, voluntarily maintained and supported by its members. There are no membership requirements to participate in its activities. The center welcomes all individuals interested in exploring Zen practice, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

Daily Practice Schedule

Monday to Friday : 5:30 – 6:10am & 12:00 – 12:30pm
Wednesday Evenings   Saturday Mornings
Visitor Instruction* 6:30 pm
Meditation 7:10 pm
Service 7:50 pm
Lecture 8:00 pm
Visitor greeting / Tea 9:00 pm

Monday & Thursday Evenings 
Meditation 6:30 – 6:55pm
Walking Meditation 6:55 – 7:05pm
Meditation 7:05 – 7:30pm
Come for the hour or a single sitting
Saturday Morning
Meditation 5:30 – 6:10 am
Walking Meditation 6:10 – 6:20 am
Meditation 6:20 – 7:00 am
Service 7:00 – 7:25 am
Breakfast* 7:40 – 8:10 am
Work period 8:10 – 9:10 am
Visitor Instruction* 9:00 – 9:20 am
Meditation 9:30 – 10:10 am

No fee, registration, or membership required. Modest attire, please (cover shoulders, no shorts).

* These are good times for beginners to come for the first time. See Introduction to Practice.

A Sense of Something Greater explores the growing relationship between Zen and the personal impact of progress and technology in today’s world.


This 5 minute video shows the relevance of Zen practice to daily life in the modern world. Kannon Do members talk about their personal experiences with the practice and the role it plays in their lives.