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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.


Beginning Improv Class

Thursday March 5th, 6:45–8:45
Blue Heron Zen Dharma Room
Led by Matt Smith
Sponsored by Sean Vaughan

Zen and Improvisation both require living in the present moment and responding to constantly changing circumstances. Please join us for a fun and safe Beginning Improv Class led by Matt Smith on March 6th right after our regular Thursday night practice. This class is sponsored by Sean Vaughan as part of his 2020 Kyol Che Bodhisattva Project. Although there is no charge for attending, dana will be gladly accepted in gratitude to Matt.

Drop-In Improv Practice

Thursdays 3/19, 4/2, and 4/16, 6:45–8pm
Facilitated by Sean Vaughan

Building on the Beginning Improv Class, come practice and play improv with others at Blue Heron Zen Community. Continue to explore beginner’s mind, zen mind, and improv mind. Sean will facilitate these sessions with improv forms and games. There is no charge for attending. Drop-Ins are welcome. Come when you can, no previous experience necessary!

Short Dharma Talks on Teachers page

The “Teachers” page on this site now includes short dharma talks by our Resident Teachers Zen Master Jeong Ji and Eric Nord, JDPSN. Get to know these teachers better by listening to these talks, which are each about 6 minutes long.

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.