OZS Practice Schedule

Upon his enlightenment, Buddha was seated in meditation. OZS practices what is called Chan (Chinese), Zen (Japanese), or Seon (Korean). Our practice has at its root the guiding wisdom of Buddha’s Enlightenment.  For over 2500 years that meditation has continued from generation to generation. We return to that same seated meditation over and over again. 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

OZS Meditation on Siesta Key Beach – Saturday Mornings – 6:45 AM to 7:30 AM

Join Abbot Will Rauschenberger of Ordinary Zen Sangha for  Zen Meditation Practice on Siesta Key Beach Saturday mornings (weather permitting).  Meditating in nature is ideal and we will have the beach mostly to ourselves this early in the morning. This is a wonderful opportunity to meditate together in a safe and beautiful environment (we will practice social distancing, by keeping 8 feet apart). No experience is necessary and all are welcome.  Please bring your own cushion or mat and arrive early enough to be seated at 7:00 AM. Our session begins with a short beginner’s introductory talk at 6:45 AM. Our meditation will last for 30 minutes and end by 7:30 AM.


Directions: We will meet Northeast of the last lifeguard (blue) tower, the furthest north of the pavilion. Park in the North lot.


OZS offers Sunday morning & Wednesday evening meditation (zazen) sessions using Zoom meetings.

We practice live at 10:00 am Sunday mornings and Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm. We chant the Heart Sutra, sitting meditation for 30 minutes, followed by a Dharma talk and discussion (Dharma talks are also Podcast) . Zoom allows us to have the OZS experience from our own devices in our own isolated hermit lodgings.

Simply register, and log in to the session. It is free but requires an internet connection (donations gratefully accepted).

When you join the Zoom Practice Session, please keep your video off and your audio muted until the Dharma talk is finished and you are invited to share your thoughts and questions.


OZS – Sunday Practice Session

Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).  Every week on Sunday, unless otherwise noted.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpcldO-rrjgpzXNN4ppPa9dU_BMlg70eFw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

OZS – Wednesday Practice Session

Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Every week on Wednesday.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We have canceled reopening our Zendo because Florida Covid19, sessions are on Zoom until further notice.

OZS is secular in its approach, no experience is necessary, and all are welcome. There is no set fee to participate, however, a donation will help defray our costs and is gratefully accepted. 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.

Meditation instruction is available. If you need instruction, we recommend you arrive at least 15-20 minutes early (See “How to sit for Zazen“). Please contact me here for more information and please RSVP (space is limited).

Please see the calendar on the website for any cancellations or changes to the schedule.