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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:


Newcomer Orientation on Sunday Mornings

An orientation meeting for those new to our practice will be held each Sunday morning, beginning promptly at 8:30am Pacific Time, at the Blue Heron Zen Center, 10303 Densmore Ave North in Seattle. (Except during Retreats or Ceremonies) This meeting will provide an orientation for anyone who [...]

Changes in our Practice Schedule

In September we are making three adjustments to our practice schedule: Wednesdays: we will resume in person practice at BHZC at 10:00am Pacific Time, to be led by Greg Eisen Thursdays: in person practice at 10:30am Pacific Time is cancelled Sundays: 9:00am Pacific Time practice will continue [...]

Residential Training Opportunity

Blue Heron Zen Community currently has openings for residential training at our center in North Seattle.  Residency at the Zen Center offers a unique opportunity to strengthen one’s Zen practice in a beautiful and mutually supportive environment. Prospective residents will have a strong commitment to Zen practice, [...]

Great Love, Great Compassion

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