Soto Zen has as its foundation a form of seated meditation called zazen. Our practice emphasizes simplicity, clarity, and being present, all of which we encounter when we sit in meditation and carry these qualities into the activity of our daily lives. It is through our meditation practice that we begin to see that we are distracted, fearful, angry, or greedy and to transform ourselves for the benefit of ourselves and our society. As Shunryu Suzuki Roshi writes, "Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine."
The core teachings and the practices of generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom encourage us to engage in compassionate action.
What is Soto Zen?
Buddhism is said to have originated in India and then traveled to China where it became Chan and was then transmitted to Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. The Zen tradition that we practice came to the United States from Japan where our teacher was trained.
"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it." From Dogen Zenji
On both Monday and Wednesday evenings, we meditate for one thirty minute period, followed by a shared reading and discussion. Monday is designed for new practitioners.
We meditate for one fifty minute period on Friday mornings (with a brief break in the middle) and conclude with an exchange of well wishes.
If you join us in person, please wear modest, loose fitting clothing in subdued colors and avoid wearing heavy fragrances. Please be respectful of others by entering quietly as you would at any solemn place of practice. Digital devices should be muted and stored in the cabinet by the door or left in your car.
Cushions and chairs are provided. If you use a bench for meditation, please bring your own.
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What do I need to know before joining?
We welcome those who have never meditated and those who have practiced for many years.
We request that in person attendees are fully vaccinated and wear masks or join us by zoom.