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We are an easy-going, friendly community of lay Zen students. 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.

Announcements

New Weekly Work Period Opportunities at the Zen Center
Layman Pang, a renowned Zen ancestor who lived from 740–808, wrote the following about work as a core aspect of our training:
My daily activities are not unusual, I’m just naturally in harmony with them. Grasping nothing, discarding nothing. In every place there’s no hindrance, no conflict. My supernatural power and marvelous activity: Drawing water and chopping wood.
Senior Dharma Teacher, Greg Eisen, has initiated two weekly work periods at the Zen Center to help maintain our new landscaping and grounds. As of now, we’d like to open this up to the wider sangha. Many hands make for light work! If you’re free, please join in. No need to sign up. The work periods are:
Wednesdays, from 11am – 12noon
Fridays, from 3pm – 5pm
New Practice: A Revised Format for Thursday Evenings
Thursday evening practice resumes on October 17 at a new time: 5:30-6:30pm.
We hope this time will be helpful to those who need to be home in the evenings. Practice will include two sitting periods, with short periods of chanting and walking. It is also possible to join at 6:00pm during the walking period.
Join us at 5:30pm (or 6:00pm) on Thursdays!
Residency Opening

We have an opening for a full-time residency at Blue Heron Zen Community. The commitment to live at the Blue Heron Zen Community in Seattle is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s practice and directly experience the relationship between daily life and our original nature.  Check residency_button1 for details.