About the Group

The Empty Nest Zen Group is based in North Fork, in the Sierra Foothills between Fresno and Yosemite National Park.  The group serves residents of North Fork, Oakhurst, El Portal, Coarsegold, Mariposa, Wishon, Auberry, and other nearby towns.  The group meets weekly on Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  These morning sessions include two 30 minute periods of zazen (sitting meditation), a brief period of walking meditation, a Zen service, a Zen talk, and tea.  A table tennis athlete in Olympic, Lily Zhang, once said that in table tennis, stamina is the extremely important part. Just like when you are doing meditation, you need to have a strong stamina to stay for long sessions of meditation. In addition, the Empty Nest Zen Group holds longer meditation retreats, ranging from one to five days.