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Blue Heron Zen Community

.We strive to be an open community. You are welcome here, just as you are.

We are an easy-going, friendly community of lay Zen students, physically located in Seattle, Washington, although our online Sangha is far broader. Please join us! Our meditation practice is rooted in the Korean Zen tradition, in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn. Our teachings, forms and meditation practices are open to all people regardless of religious or cultural background. We practice inclusivity with a home-grown community flavor of gentleness, sincerity, good humor and flexibility. Come and visit – our mind/heart doors are open.

We offer group practice, retreats, talks, and other activities with the simple goal of inspiring and supporting your own efforts to perceive your true nature.  The programs at Blue Heron Zen Community can help you begin and sustain a rewarding Zen meditation practice.

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Changes in our In-Person Practice

With the persistence of the COVID pandemic and - most particularly - the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Board has changed our In-person practice in two ways. First, in-person practice at the Zen center - for those who choose it - will now take place in [...]

Blue Heron Zen Show

In Zen we work in a tradition where words are used for teaching wordless things. Art, writing, making, and music allow us to communicate the heart/mind in direct ways. The Blue Heron Zen Show allows us as a community to explore insights gained through creative endeavors. Dear [...]

Great Love, Great Compassion

Our online Altar where you can submit names for Kwan Seum Bosal and Ji Jang Bosal chanting