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 (zazen) every day, except Saturday. On Sunday mornings following zazen, there is a talk providing an opportunity to learn about and share the meaning of Zen practice and its relevance to our daily life.

Visiting Middle Way

Practice Schedule

Monday Morning (in zendo & online)
Zazen 5:30 - 6:10 a.m.
Kinhin 6:10 - 6:20 a.m. (latecomers welcome)
Zazen 6:20 - 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Thursday Morning (online)
Zazen 5:30 - 6:10 a.m.
Kinhin 6:10 - 6:20 a.m. (latecomers welcome)
Zazen 6:20 - 7:00 a.m.

Wednesday & Friday Morning (in zendo & online)
Zazen 5:30 - 6:10 a.m. followed by service

Wednesday Evening (in zendo)
Zazen 7:00 - 7:40 p.m.

Thursday Evening (in zendo)
Zazen 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. followed by a short talk and/or discussion 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Sunday (online)
Zazen 7:00 a.m. followed by lecture and discussion 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Before visiting for the first time, we ask that you contact us first so we know to expect you.

For more information on joining us on Zoom or in the zendo, please contact Ann Meido Rice at: middlewayzensj@gmail.com


Cornelia Junfu Shonkwiler founded Middle Way Zen in 2009 and served as the sangha's teacher until January 2022. She began study and practice at Kannon Do with her Teacher, Les Kaye roshi, in 1991. She also practiced at San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Cornelia was ordained a monk in 2000, and received dharma transmission from Les Kaye roshi in 2008.

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.

When the pandemic began, we shifted our practice to an entirely online practice. With the quieting of numbers, we are now offering zazen on Wednesday and Friday both online and in the zendo.


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.

Middle Way Zen is a nonprofit 501(c)3. Your donations in support are tax-deductible.



Full Moon Bodhisattva Ceremony Download

Service Chants Index Download

Short Verses Download

Sunday Dharma Talk Download

Wednesday Service Download

Well Being Service Download


For more information: middlewayzensj@gmail.com
Middle Way Zen
592 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112