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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

Board Meeting Saturday, July 20, 10:00 am2024-07-18T15:30:53-07:00

The BHZC Board of Trustees will hold a short, online only meeting on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 10:00 am Pacific Time to discuss refinancing the Blue Heron building.  This meeting will be held on our normal Zoom practice meeting. All members of the Sangha are welcome to attend.

Dharma Study Series, Mondays June 17 – July 292024-05-30T11:26:59-07:00

Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30, June 17 – July 29

Senior Dharma Teacher Jim Peacey and Dharma Teacher Gerald Seminatore will lead this foundational study course. It will be in person at the Blue Heron Zen Center, with Zoom access for remote/hybrid participation.

The theme will be the Eightfold Path through a “Zen lens.” We’ll lean on Thich Nhat Hahn’s The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching for inspiration and scholarly support. We’ll share a Dharma talk, discussion, and seated meditation practice. Everyone may participate as they are able.

Please reach out to either Jim Peacey, SDT or Gerald Seminatore, DT if you have any questions.

Nine Day Retreat, August 17 – 252024-07-16T20:54:47-07:00

Daily 7 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Beginning Saturday, August 17, we will gather our online and in-person communities for a 9-day group practice, a Dharma talk, and personal Dharma dialogues with Zen Master Jeong Bong, Paul Gulick JDPSN and Ann Pepper JDPSN.

We welcome you to join us for all or any part of the 9-day period.

More Information and Registration

Online Dharma Dialogue Opportunities2024-05-26T14:51:14-07:00

Zen Master Jeong Bong offers 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 Zen Master Jeong Bong.

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 JDPSN eisengn@gmail.com
Paul Gulick JDPSN paul@blueheronzen.org
John Craycraft john.craycraft@comcast.net
Chris Chapman JDPSN 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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