Water and Petals

Jukai Ceremony


Light Spirit

Tea In Dharma Garden Zendo

Flowers, Buddha, Space

Bamboo Bones

5 Precepts Ceremony

Zen Work Practice


Corvallis Zen Circle is a local group of Zen Buddhist practitioners. Please join us and learn about this true wisdom gem.

Our practice includes:

  • Meditation
  • Chanting
  • Study practice several times a week
  • Day-long silent retreats every four to five weeks
  • Several four-day retreats during the year

Many of us also do longer retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. Our teacher, Abby Mushin Terris, received transmission in the White Plum lineage of Soto Buddhism. She also teaches at Zen West in Eugene, Oregon, and co-leads retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery. She has studied and practiced Zen for more than forty years, is a mental health counselor in private practice and is the mother of two grown children.

Everyone is welcome to practice with us. You don’t need to be a Buddhist. Many find this practice deepens their understanding of their original faith traditions.

We offer basic instruction in Zen meditation if you’ve never done this before. This can be helpful and can support you to develop a daily practice.

Hope to see you soon!

How To Join Our Zen Meditations

Sitting Meditation

Sunday Service

10 AM-12 PM Corvallis Yoga Center 111 NW 2nd Street Corvallis, Oregon


Orientation occurs the first Sunday of each month from 9-10 AM at the Corvallis Yoga Center. Please drop Heather a quick email if you plan to come at hkrimsly@gmail.com (click here for details)

Monday Morning Zazen

Dharma Garden Zendo (call 541-754-4124 for location) Meditation from 6:30-7:15 AM. Join the sangha to start your week right!

Tuesday Evenings

Dharma Garden Zendo (call 541-754-4124 for location) Meditation (zazen) at 6:30 PM followed by a dharma discussion from 7:00-8:00 PM

Thursday Evenings

Dharma Garden Zendo (call 541-754-4124 for location) Chanting 6:30-7:00PM Meditation (zazen) 7:00-8:00PM. Daisan (interview) with Mushin is offered during many Thursday zazen periods. See weekly newsletter for current week’s activity.

Dharma Blog Symbol Dharma Blog Posts

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Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation

             This is a very brief description of what is meant by mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. If you want a full presentation there are many wonderful works of popular scholarship on this topic, several of which I list at the end of this piece. Also Google...

Sangha Member Blog Posts Sangha Member Blog Posts

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A Problem

Sangha Member Post: Most of the time I live as though life is a problem…like there are issues I need to solve. Of course the alternative, and the focus of Zen, is that life is a gift…and being fully in the present allows us to experience the joy of that...

Dharma Blog Symbol Dharma Blog Posts – Posts by Buddhist teachers or senior practitioners on specific Buddhist teachings.  They are educational, instructive, or insightful posts to help others understand the teachings of Buddha.

Sangha Member Blog Posts Sangha Member Blog Posts – Posts by Sangha members (members practicing with Corvallis Zen Circle) about their experiences and their Zen practice on the path to awakening.

News & Events

Buddha News

Zazenkai – a day of silent practice (Saturday, once per month)

    • Oct 1. Time: 8:30 AM-4 PM. Held at Dharma Garden Zendo. Contact Mushin at 541-754-4124 if you plan to attend and for directions.

Retreats & Other Events

  • Orientation to Zen Practice – At Yoga Center, 2nd & Monroe, First Sunday, 9-10 am, Please register by emailing Senmyo, hkrimsly@gmail.com

  • Refuge Recovery talk: Sunday, Sept 18th, 10am – Noon.  Be sure to join us for Sunday service at the Yoga Center: Ed Gensho Welsh will be coming down from Heart Of Wisdom Zen Temple to tell us about Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist practice-based addiction recovery program. The topic of his talk is “The 3rd Noble Truth: Recovery is Possible.” RR is an international movement of people who are successfully applying the Four Truths and the Eightfold Path to ending the suffering that addiction causes.

  • Introduction to Zen practice (at Dharma Garden Zendo) Saturday, September 17th; a half-day, in-depth class on all aspects of Zen practice to help you feel truly at home here. Contact Musin at abbydharma@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

  • The Dharma of Dreams retreat takes place Saturday, Sept 24 at Empty Field Zendo, led by Mushin and Seido.   For details and to register, see the Empty Field website: https://www.emptyfieldzendo.org/event/dreaming-the-way/.

  • Retreat for Releasing Harmful Karma and Segaki Celebration Saturday, October 15, 10 am – 8 pm  at Empty Field Zendo: a one-day retreat and ceremony  with Mushin and Seido. For details and to register, see the Empty Field website. https://www.emptyfieldzendo.org/event/segaki-festival-of-the-hungry-ghosts.

  Board Meetings

  • Sep 28, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14
  • Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
  • All Sangha members are welcome
  • If you are interested in the progress on Sangha Jewel Temple this is a great place to hear the latest info
  • Contact Mushin for directions and additional information