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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.

Links to information you may find helpful:


3-Day Online Retreat with Eric Nord, JDPSN, June 24 – 26

This retreat will be conducted online using Zoom, WITH A CONCURRENT OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE TOGETHER IN PERSON in the Blue Heron dharma room. Beginning on Friday June 24, we'll gather our online and in-person communities for a three day immersion in group practice, a Dharma talk, [...]

Sunday In-Person (Hybrid) Practice Beginning May 15

We continue to adjust our schedule for online and in-person practice opportunities as the Covid situation changes. Starting May 15, Sunday morning practice will be offered as a hybrid event. This format combines online practice via Zoom with in-person meeting at the Blue Heron Zen Center. [...]

Residential Training Opportunity

Blue Heron is offering an opportunity for residential training at our Zen Center building in North Seattle.  Those interested in being considered for residency may contact Zen Master Jeong Ji or Abbott Paul Gulick.  A commitment to regular Zen practice is a requirement of residency. For more [...]

Blue Heron Zen Show is Archived

Early in the new year at a Sunday practice, Zen Master Jeong Ji had an idea — for our sangha to create a space to bring people together and share creative work. Very soon after the inaugural Blue Heron Zen Show was born. On March 27, sixteen [...]

Great Love, Great Compassion

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