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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.
For the link to join our online practice go here.

For the link to join our online practice go here.

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What’s Going On

Online Discussion of “Women Ancestors in Zen”, beginning January 32023-01-20T20:25:21-08:00

Beginning January 3, Tuesday evening practice will include a discussion period regarding Women Ancestors in Zen, the theme of Kyol Che 2023. Practice will occur online via Zoom, 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Kyol Che 2023 : January 22 – April 232023-01-20T20:25:42-08:00

Please join us for our annual Blue Heron Kyol Che. The special nature of Kyol Che is that it offers us an intensive “coming together” practice, when we can re-invigorate our training with the support of our sangha and teachers.

This year’s Kyol Che will take place from Sunday, January 22th through Sunday, April 23rd. All are welcome to attend.

Weekly Kyol Che meetings will occur on Sunday mornings with hybrid online and in person practice.

The focus for this year’s Kyol Che is Zen’s Women Ancestors. Who are they, and what wisdom and compassion teachings have they extended to us over the millenia? And why is this important? From the mythological to the unnamed and little-known, we’ll be learning from these women ancestors and weaving them into the great, rich history of Zen.

Workshops will be held every other Sunday morning, beginning February 5 and running through April 16. Each workshop session we’ll be presenting women teachers in a somewhat chronological and geographic manner, starting with India, then moving to China and Korea. We aim to make these sessions as interactive and immersive as possible.

Part of the engagement with this topic will be an extra online session on Tuesday evenings which will be devoted to conversations about poetry and prose from the current era and teachers being studied.

For more information, visit the Kyol Che page

3-Day Retreat: January 27 – 292023-01-20T20:26:21-08:00

Daily 7 am – 4:30 pm Pacific Time

Beginning on Friday January 27, we’ll gather our online and in-person communities for a three day immersion in group practice, a Dharma talk, and personal Dharma dialogues with Zen Master Jeong Ji. Please join us to deepen our practice for the sake of all beings.

This is the first of three retreats associated with Kyol Che for 2023 — but please note that you do not need to be registered for Kyol Che to attend this retreat.

This retreat will be conducted as a hybrid of in-person practice in the Blue Heron dharma room and online using Zoom.  You may participate in person, online, or a combination of these.

Please register by Tuesday, January 24. You may register for the entire retreat or any combination of days that fits your schedule.

To Join Online: Our group practice Zoom link is here.
You can login up to 10 minutes before our daily 7am Pacific Time start time.

To Join In Person: come to Blue Heron by 6:50am Pacific Time on each day. Attendees should be vaccinated and wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask.   No food will be served; bring a lunch for the lunch break.

Retreat Fees :
Members: $25 plus dana per day.
Non-Members: $35 plus dana per day.

Please register by Tuesday, January 24.

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Dharma Dialog Opportunities2023-01-20T20:27:40-08:00

Eric Nord, JDPSN and Zen Master Jeong Ji are offering in-person Dharma Dialogues on occasional Sunday mornings during practice.
If you cannot attend an in-person Dharma Dialogue, we encourage you to sign up for an online Dharma Dialogue. Sign up here with Eric Poep Sa or here with Jeong Ji Soen Sa.

Our Senior Dharma Teachers are offering Online Dharma Dialogues if you would like to discuss your practice and any questions you may have. Please get in touch with them individually to schedule an appointment if you would like a one-on-one Zoom meeting.
Jeff Tipp JDPSN
Greg Eisen
Paul Gulick
John Craycraft
Chris Chapman

Newcomer Orientation on Sunday Mornings2023-01-20T20:28:07-08:00

An orientation meeting for those new to our practice will be held each Sunday morning, beginning promptly at 10:30am 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 is new to Zen practice or new to our community about what to expect and how to participate.

It will be followed by a regular practice session at 11:00 am.

Please arrive by 10:20am, so that the discussion can begin promptly at 10:30.

Residential Training Opportunity2023-01-20T20:28:37-08:00

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, be open to gentle guidance from the teachers within the community, and communicate with the Abbot about residential matters.  For more information about residential training, 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.

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 10:30 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 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. (If you cannot join an introduction on Sundays, contact us for other options, or come 10 minutes early to any practice.)

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