Santa Barbara Zen Center

Sensei Gary Koan Janka, Head Teacher and Officiating Priest

All Are Welcome

Beginners are invited to phone in advance to request zazen instruction: 213.479.9519

Sunday Morning Service, Zazen, & Dharma Talk

MacVeagh House, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol

Those arriving during service may enter and take a seat.
Those arriving after the start of the first period of zazen must
wait to take a seat until after kinhin.

Sensei Koan offers private interviews during zazen;
his attendant will solicit requests from participants and explain protocols.

Suggested Donations
for Sunday morning Zazen: $5 for each sitting,
or $35 per month for regular SBZC practitioners.
Dana (generosity) for the teacher is also appreciated.
No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Santa Ynez Valley Zen Meditation Sangha Meets
on Wednesdays at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos
starting February 15

Santa Barbara Zen Center is pleased to announce that, due to strong public interest, beginning Wednesday, February 15, the Santa Ynez Valley Zen Meditation Sangha will meet weekly at the Grange Hall, 2374 Alamo Pintado Road, in Los Olivos. Zen practice sessions will be offered at 8 to 9:30 am, 2:30 to 4 pm, and 5 to 6:30 pm. Sessions are open to the public; pre-enrollment is not necessary.

The Santa Ynez Valley Zen Meditation Sangha is led by Carol Kanjin Abrahamson, a Santa Ynez Valley resident and Soto Zen priest affiliated with the Santa Barbara Zen Center. Abrahamson began practicing Buddhism in 1950. She received training in Zen and end of life care at Upaya Zen Center and studied trauma care at Naropa University and Tidewell Hospice. In 2007 she took refuge and bodhisattva vows with Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips, her teacher at that time. She received priest ordination from Sensei Gary Koan Janka in February 2016. For fifteen years she has maintained a private practice providing care in the Buddhist tradition to persons with life-threatening brain disease and injury.

Practitioners are invited to bring their own zafus and zabutons. A limited number of zafus and zabutons (Zen meditation cushions) and chairs with cushions will be provided.

Please arrive and be seated before the start of a session out of courtesy to those who are meditating.

Kanjin will invite persons new to Zen practice to participate in a coaching session while more experienced practitioners are sitting zazen.

On Wednesday, February 22, Sensei Koan, Santa Barbara Zen Centerís head teacher, will join the SYV Sangha for a ceremony of gratitude for the new venue. Koan will visit once every month to give a dharma talk and to meet with anyone who would like a private interview pertaining to her or his practice.

There is no charge for participating in the Santa Ynez Valley Zen Meditation Sangha, however, dana (generosity) for the teacher is appreciated as are contributions to the $80/day Grange rental fee.

As a courtesy to the SAMsARA Wines staff, we ask that you refrain from visiting their tasting room to obtain information about the Zen Meditation Sangha or directions to the Grange. Please contact Kanjin at 818.813.4008 or

SBZC is deeply grateful to Chad Melville, winemaker and owner of SAMsARA Wines, who made it possible for SBZC to launch a sitting group and to the Grange Hall for enabling us to accommodate all in the valley who wish to practice Zen meditation.

Preferred Zendo Attire
It is customary to wear black (or other dark) loose-fitting clothing
and shoes that you can easily slip on and off.

Upcoming Events

Please visit the EVENTS page for information about upcoming classes, retreats, and special services.