Corvallis Zen Circle is a local group of Zen Buddhist practitioners. Please join us and learn about this ancient wisdom. We offer an enduring sanctuary for cultivating a clear, quiet mind and a grounded, open-hearted way of life. 


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

We Offer:

  • Meditation
  • Chanting
  • Study of Buddhist texts and teachings
  • Day-long silent retreats
  • Four-day retreats
  • You can also join us for longer retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery

We are a welcoming community. No qualifications required. You don’t need to be a Buddhist either. Many find this practice deepens their understanding of their original faith and spiritual traditions.

Our spiritual director is Abby Mushin Terris, who received transmission in the White Plum lineage of Soto Zen Buddhism. She co-leads retreats at Great Vow Zen Monastery and also teaches at Zen West in Eugene, Oregon. Mushin has studied and practiced Zen for more than forty years.

Hope to see you soon!

When Do We Meditate?

Sunday Service

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

Do you need basic instruction?

We offer orientations to how we practice on 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 Pam 541-231-9352) for location. 6:30-7:15 AM. Join the sangha to start your week right!

Tuesday Evenings

Dharma Garden Zendo (call Pam 541-231-9352) 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 Pam 541-231-9352) for location. Chanting 6:30-7:00PM Meditation (zazen) 7:00-8:00PM. Daisan (interview) with Mushin is offered during many Thursday zazen periods.

News & Events

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  • Zazenkai: Saturday, April 1, from 8:30 am – 4pm; details below
  • Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, Part 1: March 12; details below
  • Introduction to Zen practice: April 15; details below
  • Precepts Ceremony: March 26; details below


  • Silver Dragon Sesshin: April 5-9 at Great Vow Monastery
  • Work-A-Day Sesshin: May 22 – 27

Recurring Events

  • Zazenkai (Monthly): April 1, May 6, June 17
    A full day of Zen practice (8:30 AM-4 PM) in silence including sitting and walking meditation, silent lunch, work practice and interview. Contact Mushin at 541-754-4124, or by email at abbydharma@gmail.com if you plan to attend to reserve your spot and for directions
  • Introduction to Zen Practice (Quarterly): April 15
    Half-day, in-depth class on all aspects of Zen practice to help you feel truly at home with your practice. Held at Dharma Garden Zendo, Contact Pam at 541-231-9352 for information and to sign up
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop ( 4-series workshop): March 12 , June 4, Sept 17, Nov 5
    At the Corvallis Friends Meeting Hall from 2-6 pm. Lead by Thomas Bruner of Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland.

Board Meetings (Monthly)

  • March 15; April  19; May 17; June 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


  • Jukai Prep: 
    • Feb. 25: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
    • March 11: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
    • March 19: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Precept Ceremony: Practice Saturday, March 25; Ceremony Sunday, March 26 at Corvallis Yoga Center with Jogen