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Blue Heron Zen Community welcomes you 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 strive to be an open community by practicing 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 meditation, 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.

View our schedule of in-person and online Group Meditation

Getting Started

With simplicity and wonder, Zen means discovering the true nature of reality. But to truly understand Zen, you must try it for yourself.

If you’re the type of person that likes to jump in with both feet, you are welcome to come to any of our practice times and just join in. Welcome to our sangha and our practice home. There is never a charge for regularly scheduled practice, although donations are gratefully accepted.

If you would like an introduction to our practice, please join us at 9:30 am on Sundays for an orientation with a Dharma Teacher at Blue Heron Zen Community. This in-person session introduces Zen practice and answers your questions. This is followed by our regular Sunday practice at 10:00 am. (If you cannot join an introduction on Sundays, contact us for other options, or come 10 minutes early to any practice.)

What’s Going On

Kyol Che, January 21 – April 212023-12-29T07:52:49-08:00

Kyol Che, which means “tight dharma” or “coming together”, is a 3-month period of more intensive practice. For 2024 Kyol Che begins on January 21 and runs through April 21. The practice will include Sunday morning workshops and 3 retreats.

This year we will be focusing on the Six Paramitas, the transcendent perfections: Generosity: (dana), Morality/Precepts: (sila), Patience: (ksanti), Diligence/Energy: (virya), Meditation: (dhyana), and Wisdom: (prajna).

You can find more details here.

Precepts Workshop, March 102024-02-28T10:44:33-08:00

Are you interested in taking Five Precepts at Blue Heron Zen Community? We will have a Precepts workshop on Sunday, March 10 to explore the meaning of Zen Precepts and to prepare for a Precepts Ceremony on Sunday, April 21 at the end of Kyol Che.

More information is available here.

Three Day Retreat, March 15 – 172024-02-11T19:38:23-08:00

Daily 7 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Beginning Friday, March 15, we will gather our online and in-person communities for a 3-day group practice, a Dharma talk, and personal Dharma dialogues with Chris Chapman, JDPSN. This is the second of 3 retreats for Kyol Che.

We welcome you to join us for all or part of the 3-day period.

More Information and Registration

End of Kyol Che and Precepts Ceremony, April 212024-02-28T10:48:42-08:00

On Sunday April 21 at 10:00am we will combine the ceremonies for the end of Kyol Che and a Precepts Ceremony.

Online Dharma Dialogue Opportunities2023-09-20T15:15:46-07:00

Zen Masters Jeong Ji and Jeong Bong offer online Dharma Dialogues in addition to in-person interviews. If you cannot attend an in-person Dharma Dialogue, we encourage you to sign up for an online Dharma Dialogue. Sign up here with Jeong Ji Soen Sa or here with Jeong Bong Soen Sa.

Our Senior Dharma Teachers also offer Online Dharma Dialogues. You may schedule an appointment by reaching out to them directly.
Jeff Tipp JDPSN jefftipp@gmail.com
Greg Eisen eisengn@gmail.com
Paul Gulick paul@blueheronzen.org
John Craycraft john.craycraft@comcast.net
Chris Chapman chris@blueheronzen.org

Residential Training Opportunity2023-04-06T09:38:43-07:00

Blue Heron Zen Community has openings for residential Zen training at our Center.  Residence offers an opportunity to deepen one’s Zen practice.  Prospective residents are expected to have a strong commitment to Zen.  For more information, please see our Resident Guidelines.  If you’d like to discuss becoming a resident at Blue Heron, please contact Abbott Paul Gulick or Zen Master Jeong Ji.

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