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Kannon Do

Zen Meditation Center

Kannon Do Temporarily Closed

Kannon Do is closed for all in-person activities following Santa Clara County requirements that currently prohibit any indoor gatherings and strongly discourage outdoor gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We regret that we cannot meet face to face, but we are working on the logistics of safely reopening as soon as it is sensible to do so.

We are also deeply invested in fostering the connection of the sangha during this time, and are continuing to come together as best we can through Zoom. You can find details of our online meditation schedule and dharma talks and discussions here.

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Do visit our YouTube channel for recordings of previous dharma talks, or subscribe to our podcast. We frequently update our website and Facebook is also a good source of information about our activities.

Click here to read the monthly messages from our Abbot Les Kaye, and here to see personal stories from members of the sangha about their experiences during quarantine.

With thanks,
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

All times are in Pacific Time Zone
Monday to Friday : 5:30 – 6:10am
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
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

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.

This unique book, co-authored by Abbot Les Kaye and his student, journalist Teresa Bouza, explores the growing relationship between Zen and the personal impact of progress and technology in today’s world. It includes lectures presented by Les over the past several years plus interviews with Kannon Do members, describing their efforts to express Zen practice in their work and in their personal lives.

Here is an excerpt from the audio book:


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.