Wednesday Evening Dharma Study – Teachings of Bodhidharma

7:00 pm-8:30 pm What: We will begin studying the Zen teachings of Bodhidharma on August 29, 2018, for 6 weeks. (We will be using “The Teaching OF BODHIDHARMA” by Red Pine as a reference.) Wednesday, August 22, 2018, will be an introduction. Here is an outline or study plan for the following 6 weeks (subject to change). Bodhidharma is considered the founder of Zen in China and is the patriarch of millions of Zen Buddhists. Where better to start a […]

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Zen Meditation Workshop with Chong An Sunim, 9-21-18 to 9-23-18

CHONG AN SUNIM’S BIOGRAPHY Chong An Sunim started Zen practice in 1990, in his birthplace Budapest, Hungary. He became a monk in 1994 and spent the next six years training under the guidance of Zen Master Seung Sahn at the Seoul International Zen Center, Hwa Gye Sa, Korea. He was given the title ‘Dharma Master’ and thus became authorized to teach in August 1999, by his teacher, the late Zen Master Seung Sahn. The Arirang INNERview with Chong An Sunim […]

Introducing Chong An Sunim

Good News! It has just been confirmed that Chong An Sunim will be at OZS September 21, 22,23. We will have a Dharma Talk Friday evening September 21 and a Saturday and Sunday workshop/retreat, starting with an “Eye Opening” & Buddha Hall Dedication Ceremony for our new Zendo space on Saturday and a Buddhist precepts ceremony at the end of the workshop Sunday. There will also be opportunities for kong-an interviews with Chong An Sunim.   I am still working out the details, […]

Ordinary Zen Goes To Jail

In March of this year, I was offered a wonderful opportunity to share the benefits of Zen Meditation with the general population at the Sarasota County Jail.  I originally asked Sangha Member Judy Rosemarin to join me and she generously donated her time each Thursday morning for an hour of sitting and sharing the Dharma with inmates. Unfortunately, Judy will be unavailable for three months this summer.  In order to give the inmates continuity of experience, as much as possible given the situation, I have asked […]

Wednesday Evening Dharma Study – 9-19-18

We have a Surprise Guest for tonights Dharma Study Group. It might behoove you to join us if you can.  Teachings of Bodhidharma Bloodstream Sermon – This mind is the Buddha Wednesday Evening Dharma Study 09/19/2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 4690 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232 The doors open at 6:30 pm and the practice session begins promptly at 7:00 pm with the chanting of the Heart Sutra. We then sit in zazen for twenty-five minutes. We serve tea and study the teachings […]

Sangha Business Meeting

Sunday, September 9 at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. This coming Sunday, after our Sunday Evening Meditation, we will have our first Sangha Business Meeting. Proposed Agenda: Plans for the upcoming Weekend Workshop Volunteers needed for various tasks (potluck setup, cleanup, etc.) Promotional material (creation and distribution) General Zendo policies and procedures Please submit any additional items for the meeting agenda to me by Friday, September 7.  Use this contact form.   When I say, “I take refuge in the […]

No Teacher Of Zen

I came across this article by Norman Fisher, that naturally strikes home.  I ended up in the role of “teacher” because I had a deep faith in the benefits of Zen practice. I know that my life has been profoundly affected and transformed by practice and wanted to “pay it forward”. From the beginning, Norman Fischer never had much use for Zen teachers—and he still doesn’t. But after years of being one himself, he has a fuller appreciation of the […]

We have moved!

Starting Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 we will be in our new location at 4690 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232. Please see our Calander for class and event schedules. We have also added Wednesday Evenings to our schedule.

New Zendo Opening Scheduled For August 2018

I am pleased to report that OZS will be moving into our new Zendo on Fruitville Road in August. As of this writing, it looks like we will continue with our regular Sunday evening schedule and add a Wednesday evening class.  In addition, we will offer the occasional half-day or day-long Saturday Sesshin (Zen meditation retreat held in silence). I will keep you informed about the move-in date, times for zazen, classes, and retreats. Please check our calendar for updates. We have […]

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OZS Buddha Sculpture

I found the perfect Buddha for our new Zendo! This beautiful bronze Buddha was for sale at Personalized Estate Liquidations Benefitting Youth, Inc. aka PEL. (They have been helping youth-at-risk in our community since 2000.) The person who placed the Buddha sculpture on consignment lived in Korea for a number of years and brought it with him upon his return to the U.S. This Buddha is 28 inches tall and fits perfectly in our new Altar (a beautifully hand-carved mahogany cabinet made in […]