Kannon Do

Zen Meditation Center

Welcome! We hope you enjoying learning more about our Soto Zen practice and our offerings. There are many ways to get connected with Kannon-Do, including daily meditation periods and a weekly lecture. No experience required! We hope to see you soon.

Kannon Do brings the spiritual practice of Soto Zen Buddhism to the San Francisco Peninsula and the South Bay, including Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Jose, and surrounding communities. Its purpose is to encourage and support a spiritual worldview in lives faced with constant distractions, work and family pressures, and demanding deadlines. Primary activities include meditation, exploration of Buddhist teachings, and 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)

6:30 pm
Visitor Instruction*
7:10 pm
7:50 pm
8:00 pm
9:00 pm
Visitor greeting / Tea

Saturday (Mornings)

Walking Meditation
Work period
Visitor Instruction*
Introduction to Zen - informal discussion (First Saturday of every month only)

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 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.