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shikantaza zazenkai

“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” Eihei Dogen

 The founder of the Soto Zen lineage, Eihei Dogen, addressed the nature of reality through his lifetime practice of Zen. Dogen’s practice in China and Japan was vigorous and thorough. Understanding the nature of our dissatisfaction and the possibility of original wholeness as presented by the Buddha is a radical, potentially life-altering moment, especially in the blunt, no-nonsense style of Zen Dogen taught.

Dogen relies entirely on the strict practice of a special zazen called shikantaza — meaning “just sit” in Japanese.

In Japan, Zen Buddhists meet informally in small community meditation groups call “zazenkai” to practice meditation (zazen) and offer one another support. I have been facilitating a “zazenkai” based on my own training in Soto Zen Buddhism, meditation, and simple group therapy dynamics. The small intimate setting is appropriate for people who would like to explore zazen, koan and conscious cooking!

This will be a closed group and will meet one-two times a week in traditional eight week cycles. The group will not exceed 15 people maximum but is often as small as three. You will be required to bring or buy a meditation cushion. We may be able to arrange buying some if you need one.

Space is limited so if you are interested in attending, email us before the next meeting date. The next cycle begins on June 1, 2019.