Kannon Zendo is a Zen
Meditation Center in Los Alamos, NM. It is named after the
Bodhisattva of Compassion, originally known in India as the male
Avalokiteshvara, in Tibet as Chenresi, and later in China as the
female Kwan Yin, whose statue stands in the Kannon Zendo. Being "the
one who hears the cries of the world," she is said to bring solace
and aid to whomever asks in deep sincerity for her assistance.
Avalokiteshvara is known Japan as Kanzeon or Kannon.
The Zendo is open to the public at
selected times for Zen meditation. Weekly sittings are held on
Wednesday evenings starting at 6:45 p.m.. There are two thirty minute
meditation periods with ten minutes of walking meditation in
between. Tea is served afterwards. See the
Schedule for more information on this and other related sitting
and instructional opportunities in Los Alamos.
Meditation instruction may be arranged
by calling Henry Chigen Finney, the Zendo’s founder and director, at
505-661-6874, emailing him at
or writing him at 35 Barranca Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
The Kannon Zendo also
offers periodic day-long meditation retreats (zazenkais) on
Saturdays. See the Calendar
for dates and more information. These retreats generally start at
8:00 a.m. (arrival at 7:30 a.m.), and end in late afternoon. Those
wishing to attend should contact Chigen. Half day attendance is OK,
starting either at 8:00 a.m. or 1 p.m.. Notify Chigen if you plan to
attend either full or part-time. Cost: half-day $20, full-day $35.
Please register and pay in advance. Lunches are usually
informal BYO affairs. If the lunch is formal, Oriyoki equipment is
available for rent.
The Zendo also hosts occasional
potluck suppers and/or Buddhist-related video-movies or recorded
Dharma talks. See the Calendar
Also offered are occasional
meditation classes or healing workshops. See the
Calendar and the
Classes and Workshops page for
exact dates and more details.
The Kannon Zendo
generally follows the practice protocols observed in the centers
of its parent lineage, the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Zen Mountain
Monastery in New York State. If willing to follow these protocols, meditators in any tradition are welcome. The Kannon Zendo is located
at 35 Barranca Road in Los Alamos (Click here
for directions). Call the number or contact the email address
above for directions.