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

  • COVID-19 update:
In line with many other spiritual groups we are postponing all in-person events until further notice. We feel this is the responsible thing to do in order to support our Eugene community.
  • Attending meditation sessions remotely
We will be holding all of our usual weekly meditation sessions and April events on-line via Zoom. It’s free and easy to use. If you’d like to join in please send an email to and we’ll send you the link. Our weekly meditation times are below!


Blue Cliff Zen Center is a non-profit organization started by a community of Zen meditators and Matt Shinkai Kane 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 a senior Zen teacher in the Hakuin-Inzan line of the Japanese 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 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
Wednesdays noon-1pm
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.


Mondays and Wednesday from 12-1pm. More information.


Sign-up here.



Dates: April 2 – May 21, 2020 from 7-8:30pm (8 Thursdays) in Eugene. This course will be held online via Zoom ( Zoom is free and easy to use. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Date: Saturday, April 4 from 1-4pm. Suggested donation $10-20. This event will be held online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use.

Date: Saturday, April 11 from 9am-5pm. Suggested donation $20-35. This event will be held online via Zoom.

Date: Sunday, April 19 from 1 – 2:30pm. Cost is $20. This event will be held online via Zoom. 

Dates: Thursday, May 21 (6pm) – Sunday, May 24, 2020 (noon) in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. Led by Shinkai.

Dates: June 22 – July 3, 2020. This event has been cancelled.

Dates: TBD

Dates: September 6-13, 2020 in Yachats, Oregon

Dates: Thursday, September 24 (6pm) – Sunday, September 27, 2020 (2pm) in Oregon. Led by Daizan.


Dates: Friday, February 26 (dinner) – Sunday, February 28, 2020 (lunch) at Breitenbush Hot Springs. Led by Shinkai.


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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