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.

Weekend 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. Since 2000, his teaching activity has extended […]

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 […]

The Korean Buddhist Influence on my life

I subscribe to Everyday Zen Podcasts by Norman Fischer. Norman is a western Zen Buddhist teacher that I feel a kinship with and enjoy his Dharma talks. His podcast about his recent trip to Korea is timely, in many ways.  It will also give you some insight into the great experiment of western zen practice that our Ordinary Zen Sangha is part of.  Everything that has come before informs who we are now. Enjoy! Korean Buddhism and enlightenment fundamentalism Normal Fischer’s […]

Weekly Dharma Talk Theme

It is becoming apparent to me that over the last few weeks a theme was developing in my talks on Sunday night after our zazen practice. A couple of weeks ago, I talked about having a strong foundation for our meditation practice and how our physical posture and attitude are important.  Last week I talked about diligence and how this further helps our meditation practice. I used the analogy of separating the chaff from the grain, the valuable from the worthless, […]