EcoSangha Evening Schedule

Sittings are held on Zoom Wednesdays at 6:00 PM 

We are happy to announce that we will indeed have a Fall practice season, inspired by the times in which we are practicing. Our upcoming season will consequently be devoted to the practice theme, GETTING GROUNDED IN ZEN. The millions of people who have joined together in the Black Lives Matter movement demonstrate that we can make something good out of painful circumstances. We will endeavor to do that as well as ground ourselves in our practice so that we can help others and ourselves.  


Circumstances dictate that our Fall practice season will be on Zoom. A great Zen master from our tradition said that “there is nothing strange in the Dharma.” We will make this strange new format a part of our practice and a part of our awakening. 


It does give us the advantage of being able to extend participation to the many former members of the EcoSangha who no longer live in the Seattle area. To better accommodate diverse time zones, we will begin one hour earlier at 6 PM PST.  

Our program will be as follows: 


5:40 PM Newcomers and those requesting supplemental sitting instruction arrive and work with Daichi Eddie Salazar
6:00 PM Sitting begins with brief words of welcome

6:10 PM Zazen round one 

6:30 PM five-minute break. You can stretch your legs, do kinhin (Zen walking meditation), use the bathroom, etc. 

6:35 PM Zazen round two 

6:55 PM Dharma talk (ten minutes maximum) 

7:05 PM Chant the four bodhisattva vows 


There will then be an opportunity for participants to asks questions or share reflections. We will conclude promptly at 7:15 PM PST. 

Our calendar: 


September 23: welcoming session for new members (program and description forthcoming). This program will chiefly be of interest to people brand new to the EcoSangha. 

Wednesday, September 30: Zazenkai session one; dharma talk by Tetsuzen Jason Wirth 

Wednesday, October 7: Zazenkai session two; dharma talk by Daichi Eddie Salazar 

Wednesday, October 14: Zazenkai session three; dharma talk by EcoSangha student leader, Nate Ross 

Wednesday, October 21: Zazenkai session four; dharma talk by Myoen Elizabeth Sikes 

Wednesday, October 28: Zazenkai session five; dharma talk by Gendo Robb Lane 

Wednesday, November 4: Concluding Zazenkai session six; special dharma talk, TBA 


To keep up to date please be sure that your name is on our listserv, so you can be informed about schedule changes and upcoming events. 

EcoSangha Lecture & Event Schedule

The 2019-2020 lecture schedule is being planned - stay tuned to this space as events get filled in.

All sittings and lectures are open to the public without charge.

You are welcome to join us!

special afternoon of Zen practice led by Fr. Kennedy!

Friday, January 24 

1:30 PM to 4:00 PM, Chardin 145 

The special practice session will take place from 1:30 to 4 PM in Chardin 145 and every participant will have an opportunity to have a Zen interview with Fr. Kennedy. If you are interested in participating in this once in a lifetime opportunity, please send your name to Daichi Eddie Salazar (

Nov 15, 2018

Seattle University Law School Annex Room 142, 7 PM

THE POEMS OF HANSHAN an evening with Peter Levitt

The renowned poet and Soto Zen Teacher Peter Levitt will read from and discuss his new work, The Complete Cold Mountain, the groundbreaking new translation of all of the works of the great Hanshan (寒山), the legendary Tang Dynasty Buddhist poet.



Feb 26, 2018

7:30 PM, Student Center Room 130

An Evening with the Acclaimed Buddhist Poet, Andrew Shelling

Andrew Schelling will read some of his

poems as well as discuss the relationship

between poetry and Buddhist practice.


For more information, contact Jason Wirth


Nov 30, 2017

7:00 PM, Wycoff Auditorium

An Evening with the Incomparable RED PINE

Red Pine (Bill Porter) will discuss the Diamond Sutra, a classic translation of which he published fifteen years ago. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Wirth, at 

Presented by The Seattle University EcoSangha and the Seattle University Philosophy Department. This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

Join the Buddhist Global Relief: Walk to Feed the Hungry

Eddie Daichi Salazar is participating in the march and is asking the sangha to join him! If you cannot join but would like to donate to the march, you can also click the this link.

The mission of Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is to provide relief to the poor and needy throughout the world regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Bearing in mind the Buddha's statements that "hunger is the worst kind of illness" and "the gift of food is the gift of life," BGR especially focuses on providing food aid to those afflicted by hunger and lack of food security. Its long-range goal, however, is to combat all the manifestations of poverty that detract from the inherent dignity of human life.

Sep 23, 2017

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Seattle Betsuin

Buddhist Paths: Women’s Choices

Presented by and at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple

--- Featuring --- 

Rev. Carol Himaka

Resident Minister, Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church
The 35th Vow of Dharmakara/Amida Buddha and its meaning to women today 

Kyoko Tokuno, Ph.D.

University of Washington
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion Jackson School of International Studies

Salvation by Proxy: Buddhist Nun’s Sūtra Burial at Mt. Kōya in Heian Japan

Rev. Candice Shibata

Resident Minister Berkeley Buddhist Temple

Transformation through Love, Loss, and the Buddha-Dharma

Registration Fee* (includes Bento lunch) Adult $45, Student with I.D. $30

*work scholarship available 

Online Registration is available at HERE; check or credit card payments are accepted.

Registration By Mail is available HERE


Inquiries:, Office 206-329-0800, 

Annual SESSHIN (all day meditation)

Mark your calendar for this important annual highlight of our shared practice, and look out for updates here and on the listserv emails.


This year, we will experience our all-day sesshin in the Rinzai style at Choboji Zen Temple on Beacon Hill. It will be a robust day beginning at 7:00am and ending at 8:00pm, with zazen, three meals in oryoki style, teisho (dharma talk), dokusan (personal interview with teacher), and samu (work period), as well as ample personal time for reflection. 


There is no cost to students, all others are $35. This is an opportunity not to be missed. To register, please contact Daichi-san at or 296-6133. 









Apr 22, 2017

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Nora Wood's Park

Earth Day Service Project

We have been invited to do a service project to celebrate Earth Day which at Nora Wood’s Park at 29th & Columbia, which entails “freshening up” the park by spreading trail chips and planting mulch.

And here’s an awesome part of the project: there will be coffee, donuts, water and pizza provided!   All you need to bring is sturdy shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and probably a rain jacket would be smart.  If you have work gloves, great.  If not, no biggie, they will provide them as well.

There will be vans from SU going to the park so please e-mail Victoria Carr at if you would like to ride in a van so we have enough space.   The vans will be at the Bellarmine turn-around at 9:45 am for a 10 am arrival time.  Otherwise, meet at the park at 29th & Columbia. We’ll stay until about 1 pm.


Space is limited, so please use the link below to register for the event

Apr 27, 2017

1:30 PM, Bannan 402

News from Lake Ozette

The Power of Place in Shaping a Life of Poetry, Natural History Writing, and Environmental Activism


Poet, essayist, and award-winning natural history writer Tim McNulty will discuss and read from his work reflecting four decades of living, working, and writing on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and explore his political engagement in working to protect its wilderness, forests, and watersheds.


McNulty is the author of three poetry collections: Ascendance, In Blue Mountain Dusk, and Pawtracks, and ten poetry chapbooks. He is also the author of eleven books on natural history, including Olympic National Park: A Natural History, and Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park.  McNulty has received the Washington State Book Award and the National Outdoor Book Award.  See his website here.


Co-sponsored by the Seattle University EcoSangha, the Pigott McCone Chair, Campus Ministry, College of Arts and Sciences College Events, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work. For more information contact Professor Rob Efird.

Apr 04, 2017

6:30 PM

Nineteenth Annual Rev. Joseph Maguire, SJ Lecture and Dinner

You and one guest are cordially invited to attend the nineteenth annual Rev. Joseph Maguire, SJ Lecture and Dinner. Named after Seattle University’s first campus minister, Rev. Joseph Maguire, SJ, the annual Maguire Lecture and Dinner is a Seattle University tradition that focuses our attention on our shared call to live a “faith that does justice.” In addition, the dinner provides an opportunity for friends of Campus Ministry to meet one another and receive our thanks for all of your support and collaboration.


Our plenary speaker this year is Prof. Najeeba Syeed. Prof. Syeed is Associate Professor of Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology and a former Southern California Mediation Association "Peacemaker of the Year." A scholar-practitioner in interreligious peacebuilding and restorative justice, Prof. Syeed is also a leading scholar of just peacemaking. We are pleased to welcome Prof. Syeed to Seattle University to share her expertise in these areas in light of present political realities in the United States and around the world. The title of her presentation will be “Social Justice Tools for Interfaith Action.”


Dinner is complimentary and seating is limited for this event. Please RSVP to this invitation by March 17, 2017 by sending an email to Dr. Wirth (, and please send any questions to Jimmy McCarty ( When responding please make reference to any dietary restrictions you may have (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc).


Mar 03, 2017

- March 4, 2017

Meditation and Movement Retreat: Creating Space in Your Body and Your Life

Featuring Mushim Ikeda (top), a founding and core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center, who has practiced Buddhism since 1982 as both a monastic and lay person in North America and Asia, and Master Ellis (bottom), owner of Ananda Martial Arts, a martial artist with more than 30 years of experience in helping people strengthen the connections between the body, mind and spirit.


The focus of the “Meditation & Movement” retreat is to help people carry the benefits of awareness, in stillness and in movement, into their daily lives. Participants will be introduced to the Five Realms Form 1 created by Master Ellis, a simple yet profound series of gentle movements with variations suitable for people of all abilities. Often Westerners practice meditation and walk away immediately stressed out about the next 10 things on their agenda. The awareness and insight we gain from still meditation and moving meditation can help us become more grounded in our daily journey, offer us more clarity, help us focus our passion, and give us the flexibility to flow with life’s circumstances. Rather than disconnecting from the world, the Meditation & Movement retreat aims to help people live a more balanced, harmonious life. Five Realms Meditative Movement will help each participant explore the connections and flow between the body, mind and spirit by harnessing the universal and innate energies of Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Space. Movements are taught standing, sitting and reclining; and most are appropriate for diverse physical capabilities. No special equipment is needed, and no experience in meditation or movement is necessary. 




Sep 29, 2016

6:00 PM, Chapel of St. Ignatius Narthex

EcoSangha Fall 2016 Welcome Reception

Campus Ministry is hosting a welcome back reception for returning members of EcoSangha and a welcoming reception for new members. Zazen practice will commence right after the reception at the usual time. 


We hope that everyone can make it. It will be a nice way to kick off the new practice year!


Those new to Zazen will receive some preliminary instruction at 7:10 pm with Daichi Eddie Salazar. 

Jun 25, 2016

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Seattle Insight Meditation Center

Day of Mindfulness for White Allies

Seattle Insight Meditation Center

2729 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 


Freely offered: donation (dana) accepted


Most white people want to build joyful, mutually supportive relationships with people of color. Yet, we all carry deep, multi-layered cultural patterns of internalized racism and confusion.  As a result, common habits of awkwardness, fear, shame, denial, and white fragility often arise in us, and inhibit our natural abilities to connect with our full, openhearted humanity. 


This practice day will include meditation, talks, and interactive discussions. The work is inspired and informed by the curriculum developed by White Awake (


Bring yourself, as you are, and your willingness to grow. 


For more information contact

Denis: denismarty(at)gmail(dot)com, or Ruby: rubydoobe(at)gmail(dot)com


This event is supported by: SIMS, Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound, People of Color and Allies Sangha, Lotus Sisters, Seattle Eco-Sattva Sangha, Seattle University EcoSangha, and others. 

May 12, 2016

7:20 PM, Seattle Buddhist Church

Zazen at Seattle Betsuin

Spring EcoSangha Sitting in the beautiful and historic Seattle Betsuin (the Seattle Buddhist Church). It is a short walk from campus and one of the highlights of our shared practice. 


1427 S. Main, Seattle, WA 98144

(click here for a LINK TO GOOGLE MAPS!)











Apr 14, 2016

4:00 PM, Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)

Coming to the Edge: Place and Climate Crisis


Ed Casey, professor of philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook, will be speaking on “Coming to the Edge: Place and Climate Crisis.” Casey’s recent research includes investigations into place and space; landscape painting and maps as modes of representation; ethics and the other; feeling and emotion; philosophy of perception (with special attention to the role of the glance); and the nature of edges.


Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Philosophy Club.

Apr 05, 2016

6:30 PM, Campion Ballroom

A Conversation with Bill McKibben

Come celebrate Earth Day with one of today's most important and inspiring environmental activists, Bill McKibben.  Author of The End of Nature (1989), the first book written for a general audience about climate change, McKibben is a co-founder and senior advisor of, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries.


Reception with light refreshments begins at 6:00pm. Bill McKibben will be interviewed by Larry Hubbell, Institute of Public Service Director and Joni Balter, multi-media journalist, at 6:30pm. Extra time will be provided for Q&A.

This event is FREE and open to the Seattle University community and general public. 

Sponsored by Seattle University's Master of Public Administration (MPA), undergraduate public affairs and environmental studies programs, and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

Mar 08, 2016

7:00 PM, Bannan Auditorium (Bannan 102)

Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective

Seattle University EcoSangha and Global African Studies present:  A dialogue between Charles Johnson & Lama Choyin Rangdrol on Buddhist philosophy and practice and its relevance for Black America, hosted by Tetsuzen Jason M. Wirth.















Seattle University brings to campus two of the most prominent African American Buddhists, Charles Johnson and Lama Choyin Rangdrol for a public dialogue on the relevance of Buddhist philosophy and practice for Black America. “Buddhism in Black America: A Global Perspective” takes place March 8 at 7 p.m. in Bannan Auditorium.

Dr. Charles Johnson, University of Washington professor emeritus, is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, short-story writer, cartoonist and illustrator, screen-and-teleplay writer, and philosopher. A MacArthur fellow, Johnson received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and a National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage. He recently published “Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories, and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice.”

Lama Rangdrol is a Vajrayana Buddhist teacher who has taught extensively in Asia and Europe.  His book Black Buddha: Changing the Face of American Buddhism, was featured as an American Buddhist classic in Buddhadharma magazine. Rangdrol’s film “Festival Canceled Due To Heavy Rain,” which chronicled his pilgrimage to Cambodia’s Angkor monuments, received the Accolade Award for Filmmaking Excellence from the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Mar 02, 2016

6:30 PM, Student Center 130

Re-think the Mission: Inquiry into Campus Social Movements

Gather for an evening panel discussion of the past trajectory and present condition of six social justice movements on camps: Disabilty Services, Faculty Unionization, Divestment from fossil fuels, Sexual Misconduct Policy, Trans Inclusion, Racism on Campus. We'll hear briefly from panelists, open up a Q&A session, and then transition to an informal social with coffee and cookies. 


Sponsored by: Coalition for Students with Disabilities, Reignite the Mission, and Sustainable Student Action 

Thank you to SGSU for funding this event. 


Contact: Brigid Scannell []

Feb 02, 2016

7:00 PM, Pigott Auditorium

This Changes Everything

"Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond." --- Rick Turner,

















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