OZS Practice Center

Upon his enlightenment, Buddha was seated in meditation. Zen practice returns to that same seated meditation over and over again. For over 2500 years that meditation has continued from generation to generation. Through our practice we become more productive, clear, compassionate beings, living life fully, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. This, in turn, helps us personally, as well as countless others.

Current Schedule

See the calendar on the website for any cancellations or changes to the schedule. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. A donation is not required to participate, however, a voluntary donation (suggested $5.00) will help defray our costs. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing. We have some cushions (zafus) and chairs, however, if you have your own zafu, we encourage you to bring your own. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early if you need instruction (See “How to sit for Zazen“). You may contact me here for more information and to RSVP.

 


Sunday Evening Group Zazen Practice – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

What and When: The doors open at 5:30 pm and the practice session begins promptly at 6:00 pm with the chanting of the Heart Sutra. We then sit in zazen for twenty-five minutes, do a walking meditation for five minutes, and another twenty-five minutes of sitting in zazen. After the last sitting, we serve tea and have a brief discussion related to our practice. We finish up by 7:30 pm.

Address: 4690 Fruitville Road, Sarasota Florida 34232


Wednesday Evening Dharma Study – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

What and When: 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 of the great Zen teachers using various references and commentaries. 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 and I will have a hand out with an outline or study plan for the following 6 weeks. Bodhidharma is considered the founder of Zen in China and is the patriarch of millions of Zen Buddhists. Where better to start a study of the great Zen teachers! We finish up by 8:30 pm.

Address: 4690 Fruitville Road, Sarasota Florida 34232


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

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