Sesshin with Michael Kieran November 8 To November 13, 2013

Maui Zendo’s 2013 5 Day Sesshin with Michael Kieran will be held from Friday, November 8 to Wednesday November 13 at the Rinzai Zen Mission, Baldwin Beach, Paia.DSC_7016-1-480The cost of the Sesshin for full time participants is $325 If you plan to attend part time, the fee is $25 per block. (For Maui Zendo Sangha members who made a pledge of $550.00 for 2013 the pledge amount includes the Sesshin fee.)

Check in will be between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm on Friday, November 8. Please bring a brown bag supper for your meal that evening. We will eat together at 5:00 pm, followed by a work meeting at 5:45 p.m. Orientation and Sesshin cautions will then follow at 7:00 p.m. Attendance at the orientation meeting is mandatory for all participants, even for part-timers in order to be familiar with all the workings of the Sesshin.

The Sesshin closing ceremony will be held around noon on Monday. We will then have tea, eat lunch, clean the temple and pack up. Plan on leaving the property no later then 4:30 PM. Please make your off-island reservation departures no earlier than 4:30 p.m.

You need to supply your own bedding to sleep in the temple or on the temple grounds. If you do not want to sleep in the temple or in a shaded outdoor area under the temple you can opt to camp in your tent near the temple. You must also bring your own towel and items for personal hygiene.

We look forward to your participation and ask that you sign up no later than October 11 to help the planners with their jobs as there will be much to do. We ask for your kokua.

Please CLICK HERE to download the application form.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Findeisen, Sesshin Coordinator.
Tel: 808-283-2357

Rinzai Zen Mission Annual Bon Dance

Ryukyu-Kajimaya-drummers1The Rinzai Zen Mission is having their annual Bon Dance on Saturday August 17th beginning at 6:00pm. This is a great event and one of the highlights of the year. It definitely is a must see event on Maui. As many as 1000 people could be attending so a big portion of the Baldwin Park Field is used for parking.

Maui Zendo is in charge of parking. We need volunteers to help park starting around 5:00pm. We have about 7 who said they will help but we could always use more.

Let me know if you can help
Thanks, Ken

Sangha Meeting Monday April 29th

Dear Sangha-
We have a Sangha meeting on Monday, April 29th at Rinzai Zen Mission. Please attend if you can.
Here is the agenda for the meeting:

Agenda- Maui Zendo BOD Meeting April 29, 2013

  • Introduction to Meeting
    • overview of meeting
    • approval of January 21, 2013 minutes
  • Pledge form and online account discussion
  • Sangha Zazen and Zazenkai’s
  • Board of Director Discussion
  • New business
  • Schedule -July Meeting is scheduled for July 29th

May 4th Zazenkai


Saturday May 4 is Zazenkai with Michael. Please Contact Us to RSVP so we know if you are coming. Zazenkai is from 9 am to 4 pm and all are welcome. If you are a “pay as you go” the fee is $20 along with any dana you wish to offer for Michael and any donation you wish to make to the temple.

If you have any questions… ask!



P1020347This Sunday Rinzai Zen Mission is celebrating Hanamatsuri (the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha). The service starts at 10:00am with lunch afterwards. It is a nice celebration. The congregations of Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission and the Paia Dharma Center join the Rinzai Zen Mission to celebrate. Priests from the Myoshin Ji Temple in Japan will be there as well. The service is simple and usually one of the priests gives a dharma talk. If you have the chance come check it out.

Monday Zazen Cancelled

Monday Zazen (2/25/2013) is cancelled due to flooding. Baldwin Beach Park is still closed and most likely will not be opened tomorrow until they have a chance to clean up. Everything should be okay by Wednesday.


We resume sitting this Monday, Feb. 11 but there will be no sitting on Wednesday this week. After that we will be back on our regular Monday/Wednesday schedule until Sesshin begins on March 8. For those of you who have inquired, our next Zazenkai will be on April 13.

If you want to check the schedule our calendar is posted on our website:

See you soon