Welcome to Middle Way Zen in San Jose, a Soto Zen meditation center in the lineage of Japanese Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki roshi. We offer daily meditation practice in the morning and on Thursday evening, an opportunity to consider and talk about the meaning of Zen practice and its relevance to our life.

Practice Schedule

Monday - Friday 5:30 - 6:10 AM
Saturday 5:30 - 7:00 AM
Thursday Evening 7:00* - 8:45 PM (newcomer instruction at 6:30 PM)

The Thursday evening program includes one period of meditation, a short service, a dharma talk, and an opportunity to ask questions.

*Starting on Thursday, February 5th, we will try a new schedule for the evening program: Start at 7:00 pm, sit for 20 minutes, walk for 10 minutes, sit for another 20 minutes. This should be easier for newcomers. The rest of the program remains unchanged.


Our center is located at 592 N. Fifth Street in San Jose, California, near the corner of Fifth and Jackson. It is right in the heart of Japantown, one of only three remaining Japantowns in California.

Middle Way Zen is located in the back of the Japonica Nursery. To access the center, enter the nursery through the cyclone gate. As you head toward the rear of the yard, stay to the right. and you will find the entrance to Middle Way Zen in an enclosed region of the yard.
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The practice at Middle Way Zen is supported by dana. Dana, or voluntary contributions, is an ancient form of supporting a temple. You are encouraged to help continue the practice at this temple through your support in whatever amount you feel is appropriate.