The Delaplane Zen group is a small community of Zen practitioners in Fauquier County in Northern Virginia about 45 miles west of the Washington, DC beltway. Since 1992, the group has been meeting at Emmanuel Episcopal Church near the town of Delaplane, Virginia. Due to Covid restrictions we have moved our regular Saturday meetings to Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville, Virginia where we sit outside in a covered open air pig shed.
The sangha is small (typically three to five people at a regular meeting) and beginners, newcomers, and sitters from other traditions are welcome. Although the etiquette of meetings is formal in the Zen style, the atmosphere is warm and encouraging. Sittings are between 30 and 45 minutes long, and on Saturday mornings after sitting, we often talk together about issues raised in koan study. Because we meet in a rural area, we encourage home practice, members of our group engage in activities that are supported by the Emmanuel Church congregation and their friends.
Leadership is provided by Tom Davenport. Mr. Davenport began practicing Zen in New York City in 1970, attending Dai-sesshins with Yasatani Roshi and Soen Roshi. He continued his studies with Joshu Sasaki Roshi, and made the film Bodhidarma's Shoe about one of the retreats he attended with Sasaki. He is an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Delaplane, where the meditation group meets.
• Schedule and Retreats
Weekly Morning Sitting
Saturday mornings 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Three sittings with kinhin (walking) in between.
Mid-Summer Sesshin, 2021 July 27 evening to July 31 noon, Emmanuel Episcopal Church parish hall, Jameson Hall, Delaplane, Virginia A Zen Sesshin is an intensive retreat. It means to gather the mind and heart together.
Beginners are welcome but it is advisable to come to some of the regular morning sittings prior to the all day sits or extended sesshins..
A donation of $20 to Emmanuel Episcopal Church is requested.
Weekend Zazenkai at Flat Top in the mountains near Charlottesville, will be in May and October. Contact Bill Stephens.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (emmanuel-delaplane.org) is located at the junction of Route 17 and Interstate 66, exit 23 about four miles west of the town of Marshall, Virginia. The church is just to the east of the exit and entrance ramps of Interstate 66. We meet in the Church.
9668 Maidstone Road, Delaplane, VA. Click for a map.
• Contact Information
• Films on Zen
Films on Zen made by Tom Davenport, who leads the Delaplane group.
Bodhidharma's Shoe is a 23 minute video about a Zen retreat or sesshin at Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.
Preview the film on youtube.
Flat Top Zen is a short documentary on youtube on a weekend retreat at Flat Top Zendo near Charlottesville.