Meditation and mindfulness practices grounded in a two-and-a-half thousand year tradition fostering well-being, vitality, and insight. 


Blue Cliff Zen Center is a non-profit organization started by Matt Shinkai Kane and other Zen meditators in Eugene, Oregon in 2014 at the request of Shinzan Miyamae Roshi of Gyokuryuji Temple (Gifu, Japan). We are a primarily lay-based Rinzai Zen group dedicated to the cultivation of physical and mental well-being and genuine insight. We hold a weekly meditation group, Zen yoga and Zen taiso classes, a wide array of mindfulness courses, Zen Jinshin workshops, retreats, and ceremonies throughout the year. 

Shinkai studied Zen in Japan for over seven years and is certified as a Senior Zen Teacher (Roshi) in the Hakuin-Inzan line of the Rinzai tradition. He studied with Soto Zen teachers as well and is a member of the Southern Willamette Zen Teachers Council. Learn more >>

We also offer yoga teacher trainings and meditation/mindfulness teacher trainings at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Detroit, Oregon. Completing our yoga teacher training steeped in Buddhist practice and philosophy is a wonderful way to deepen your own yoga practice and bring it to others. Our yoga teacher training is unique from other trainings out there and focuses on three intertwined areas of alignment, energy flow, and mindfulness. Please visit our yoga teacher training page to find out more!  


Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8am
Fridays 7:30-8:30pm (good for beginners)
Sundays 5:30-7pm

Our Zen meditation group meets at Core Star Center which is located at 439 West 2nd Avenue in Eugene. Click for more information.



Date: Friday, February 22 from 6-8pm in Portland

Dates: Friday, March 29 (6pm) – Sunday, March 31, 2019 (noon) in Walton, Oregon

Dates: April 4 – May 23, 2019 (7 – 9pm) on Thursday nights. As seen in the LCC Continuing Education catalog.

Date: Saturday, April 13 at Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon

Dates: Thursday, May 23 (6pm) – Sunday, May 26, 2019 (noon) in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

Dates: August 5-15, 2019. Please fly into and out of Osaka Kansai International.

Dates: September 1-8, 2019 in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

Dates: Thursday, September 26 (6pm) – Sunday, September 29, 2019 (noon) in Walton, Oregon

Dates: October 3 – November 21, 2019 on Thursday nights. As seen in the LCC Continuing Education catalog.


Please consider supporting us by making a one-time donation (secure PayPal “donate”) or by being a monthly sponsor for a Zen meditation session at our center. It really, really helps. Please see our sponsorship program page to sign up. If you’d like to make a donation now, please click the link below and login to PayPal for a secure transaction. Be sure to provide us with your name and contact information so we can issue you a contribution receipt at the year’s end. For your records, our EIN is 81-3626615.


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