January 2019 – One Day Retreat

One Day Retreat 1/5/2019 A traditional, yet relaxed all day sit begins at 9:00 am and includes meditation, a silent lunch, dharma talk/discussion. Will is also available for a private meeting (dokusan), if requested.  Detailed instructions and the day’s schedule will be sent to you via email a couple of days before the retreat. Suggested contribution for the All Day Sit is $30.00 but this is not arbitrary,  it is up to you to give what you can. There is no set […]

Wednesday Evening Dharma Study for 11-21-18

Layman P’ang “Layman P ’ang has been venerated in Asia for well over a thousand years.  The title song of  Van Morrisons 1990 album, Enlightenment, opens with a refrain about chopping wood and carrying water. Borrowed from one of Layman P’ang s most famous poems, it expresses the Laymans new found spiritual insight in terms of his daily actions.” “Ordinary mind is the Way.” This is one of the most famous formulations of Chinese Zen. In other words, all of […]

RSVP – The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures – with Chong An Sunim

Friday, September 28 2018 – 7:00 PM. Ordinary Zen 4690 Fruitville Rd. 34232 Ten Ox-herding Pictures   “Here, our essential self is compared to an ox. We seek the ox, grasp it, tame it and finally, the self which has always been seeking becomes completely one with the ox. But this also is forgotten so that we now simply carry on our ordinary lives. This is the process described by the Pictures. They show concretely the progression of our practice and […]

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.

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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, […]

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 […]

Korean Zen Temple

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 […]