OZS - Dharma Room

Zen Meditation Practice Center

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.

This Dharma Talk gets down to the basics of our practice, sitting on the cushion.

4690 Fruitville RD
Sarasota Florida 34232  (Directions)

Please do not come to the Zendo if you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with Covid.   You may also join us on Zoom (see below).

  • Please see the calendar on the website for any cancellations or changes to the schedule.
  • Please contact me here for more information.
  • There is no set fee to participate, however, a donation will help defray our costs and is gratefully accepted.

OZS is secular in its approach, no experience is necessary, and all are welcome. We practice live at 10:00 am Sunday mornings and Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm. We chant the Heart Sutra, practice sitting meditation for 25 minutes, walking meditation for 5 minutes, and another sitting meditation for 25 minutes, followed by a Dharma talk and discussion (Dharma talks are also Podcast). 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. If you need instruction, we recommend you arrive 15 minutes early (See “How to sit for Zazen“).

OZS offers sessions using Zoom meetings

You may also participate remotely with Zoom. 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.

Sunday Zoom 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.

Wednesday Zoom Practice Session

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

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

Sunrise Meditation on Siesta Key Beach, Saturday Mornings – 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM

Weather permitting – please see the calendar (if a session is not listed on the calendar for a specific date then, most likely, it has been canceled). We will go to the village ( Mojo Risin’ Coffee Co. ) for conversation, coffee, or tea after our practice.

Ordinary Zen Sangha offers 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. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.  Please bring your own cushion or mat and arrive early enough to be seated at 6:30 AM. Our meditation will last for 30 minutes and end by 7:00 AM.

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


Podcasts of Dharma Talks – ordinaryzen.podomatic.com

Donations are gratefully accepted. Please help us if you can. We welcome financial donations of any size, at any time. Consider becoming a member or making regularly scheduled monthly donations of your choosing. Our programs and events are only made possible by donations from our supporting members. Your contributions are tax-deductible.