Welcome to Burning House Zendo

We are a lay Rinzai Zen Buddhist community in Baltimore. It is our mission to promote the practice of Zen Buddhist meditation (zazen) and to provide basic instruction and a support structure for individuals seeking spiritual enrichment and insight through the practice of zazen.

Current Schedule

Our weekly services are currently being done online only via Zoom. See schedule below and join us via this link: To obtain the password, please email

You can join each service in full or partially. Please keep yourself on mute and minimize on-cameta motion if attending partially.

Saturday Mornings 10:15am

Integrative breathwork sessions led by Eric. Please email if interested to be added to Eric’s mailing list for more details.

Saturday Afternoons 3-5:20pm

3-3:40 Heart Sutra chant and first zazen sitting period
10 min Kinhin (walking meditation)
3:50-4:30 Second zazen sitting period
10 min Kinhin
4:40-5:20pm Third zazen sitting period and great vows chant to end

Sunday Mornings 7-9am

7-7:35 Morning Service chanting
5 min Kinhin (walking meditation)
7:45-8:20 First zazen sitting period
5 min Kinhin
8:25-9 Second zazen sitting period
9am Tea/coffee social time

Weekday Mornings 8:30-9:10am

One sitting period together.

Wednesday Evenings 7:30-9pm

Please note that the sitting period durations may be shortened to accommodate people who are new to the practice.
7:15-7:30 Social time and basic instruction for newcomers
7:30-8:10 Heart sutra chant, Zazen sitting period
10 min Kinhin (Walking Meditation)
8:20-9 Zazen sitting period, Great Vows chant to end.

Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Friday Evenings 8-8:45pm

8-8:45pm One sitting period together.

For beginners

If you’re new to sitting meditation, please come to the Wednesday night or Saturday services before attending a Sunday morning service. When there are new members at those services, we offer beginner’s instruction and abbreviated sitting periods which are not offered at the Sunday morning service. Feel free to email us with any questions you have before joining us for the first time at