We make Zen come alive!

The Zenwest Buddhist Society is a dynamic community of practitioners of Zen Buddhism. Zenwest offers a sustainable environment for the practice of living Zen in our lives and in our world. We offer local practice opportunities to members in Victoria, BC, Canada. We also maintain a number of on-line resources for people to engage with and deepen their zen practice, wherever they happen to live.


Zenwest has a number of events occurring throughout the year. We have courses, community events, and celebrations. Click the button below to see all of our events.

Sunday Zendo – Roseberry Avenue

Our Sunday Zendo is held at our Roseberry Home Temple. It is one of four rotating locations offered for our Sunday sits.  Sunday sits are open to members in good standing and those who have completed the Orientation to Zen Course. Depending on location sits are from...

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If you are visiting Victoria and are affiliated with an established centre, please contact Zenwest if you would like to join us for practice.

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Tuesday Evening Meditation

Zenwest’s Tuesday Evening Zen Meditation at the Interfaith Chapel is an open door to explore the way of zazen (seated meditation), the traditional and integral practice of Zen Buddhism. 

At our Tuesday evening public Zen Meditation at the UVic Interfaith Chapel we practice chanting, a Zen talk is offered by a Zenwest priest and all this is bracketed by fifteen-minute periods of sitting, and walking meditation. There is no cost for attendance.

Location and Time:

UVic Interfaith Chapel, near Finnerty Gardens

Parking Lot #6

Parking Cost $3.00

Free parking on Cedar Hill X Road & Gordon Head Road

We offer self-investigation through Zen meditation.

Arrive by 6:50pm, sit starts sharply at 7:00pm.

Formal sitting ends at 8:00pm.

Informal gathering in the lobby until 8:30pm.

Spiritually Speaking

Spiritually Speaking, published on-line at the Times Colonist website, is an opportunity for local wisdom traditions to share. Our Reverend Soshin McMurchy occasionally writes an article for Spiritually Speaking.  Read her wise words here:

Navigating White Fragility

World Interfaith Harmony Week

Zen 101 for Activists (or Do You Love Earthworms?)

Finding a Way Past the Daydreaming

Mindfulness Provides Understanding of Silent Racism

With Some Practice You Can Flourish in Hard Times


Zen Practice Schedule and Events

Look up time and location for our practice opportunities here.

Online Courses

Zenwest offers a free on-line course  and teachings online to help your practice. Learn at your own pace!

Zenwest Community

We are currently undergoing a rebuilding and a reimagining of our community. If you wish to be a part of exciting new opportunities, contact us.

Click the “Drop Us A Line” link below.

About Zenwest


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If you have any questions or would just like to say hello, we would love to hear from you!

Please make a Donation to Zenwest

Your donation helps Zenwest to continue to provide local practice offerings in the Zendo and the many services and supports that we offer around the world such as the Living Zen podcast, on-line courses and videos. You can make a difference by ensuring that we can continue to deliver our outstanding programming!

Thank you for helping to make Zen come alive at Zenwest!