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Our Mission

The mission of our Zen meditation center in San Diego is to support participants in practicing the path of awakening, in order to live more fully with kindness, compassion and appreciation.

September Announcements

The Center will be closed for sesshin September 8–11.

In-Person Newcomer Orientation Returns July 1

Click here for more information.

Update to ZCSD COVID-19 Policy for In-Person Attendance

Effective 4.8.23, the Zen Center of San Diego has moved from a "mask required" to a "mask optional" policy for in-person attendance. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended.

This decision follows the recent updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the continued low and decreasing levels of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County, and the end of statewide mask requirements in healthcare and other indoor high-risk settings.

If you or your close contacts are experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms please join us virtually. Links can be found on our schedule page.

Thank you once again for your understanding as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.

- ZCSD Board of Trustees

Request for Donations

ZCSD relies on donations to help support our practice. The Coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on both our expenses and income. For many of us, practice through ZCSD has been transformative in our lives. Donations to ZCSD as a non-profit organization may be tax deductible. We welcome your support.

You may donate by check or online via Paypal:

Checks can be sent to:

2047 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109-3551

Announcement Concerning Litigation Against the Zen Center

The Board of Trustees of the Zen Center of San Diego has always taken claims of sexual harassment and abuse very seriously. In addition, the Board of Trustees has always endeavored to provide a safe environment for every person attending the Zendo. In July 2019, the Board of Trustees received actual claims of sexual abuse by Ezra Bayda, and it immediately suspended him from teaching and retained Faith Trust Institute to undertake an independent investigation and analysis of the claims being presented. Faith Trust Institute, at the board’s direction, invited everyone having an interest in the investigation to participate. After Faith Trust Institute delivered its findings and analysis to the Board, the Board dismissed Mr. Bayda and presented a summary of the investigation’s findings to the ZCSD membership at the Zendo on November 2, 2019.

Subsequently, two of the women who participated in the investigation filed litigation in the San Diego Superior Court against the Zen Center and Mr. Bayda. That litigation has now been resolved in a global settlement of all parties. As part of the terms of that settlement, all parties have acknowledged that the settlement constitutes a compromise of disputed claims that is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of any party.

In moving forward, we remind the membership that the Board continues its commitment to providing a safe environment to all. ZCSD’s Sexual Misconduct Complaint Procedure and its Code of Ethical Conduct for Teachers/Practice Leaders can be found here.

The 2022 ZCSD Board of Trustees

April 2022

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