"In this time of challenge and uncertainty, Pine Wind Zen Community invites and welcomes every person seeking refuge in the ancient teachings of wisdom, compassion, and fellowship, with a living and thriving monastic and lay-community."
Welcome to The Community For Spirituality & Contemplation - Jizo-an Monastery
We are a diverse community of Contemplative Monks, founded in 1985 by our brother, the Abbot Seijaku Roshi. Inspired by a monastic tradition reaching back centuries, and supported by men and women from all walks of life; shaped by the teachings of the Buddhadharma, the Mystical Torah, the Rule of Saint Benedict, and the Gospels.
We hope to live the teachings of Loving-kindness, Compassion, and Benevolent Service together. Seeking to help create
an "Enlightened Society," we hope that we will in some measure, foster the healing and reconciliation of the whole human family.
We offer both traditional and innovative ways to nurture and engage Authentic Spirituality through our public programs and retreats. All are welcome to visit, and to join us in our celebrations of common prayer, meditation, and learning. Our Zendo, or Meditation Hall, and grounds, afford an atmosphere in which quiet reflection and prayer are accessible to all.
Whether you come for a Wednesday Evening Class, a seminar, or a one-day or half day, or weekend retreat, you will have the opportunity to experience the Monastery's cloister - a dynamic integrated spiritual community and a place to encounter your own inner silence, wisdom, and compassion.
by Joe Lamberti, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
TO OUR MEMBERS & FRIENDS MARCH 16, 2020
Like many religious communities around the world, here at Jizo-an Monastery, The Monks of Pine Wind and I continue to be concerned about the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 and are monitoring the unfolding local and national events related to the virus.
Well aware of the seriousness of the situation and of local and national health advisories (including the recent CDC Alerts and the State of NJ’s Curfew Law), my fellow monks and I have decided to temporarily close both the Monastery and the Temple to the public.
All scheduled events and physical gatherings—such as Wednesday Evening Dharma Classes, Thursday meditations, second Saturday events, An Evening with Seijaku Roshi (Zen Chat) and the Sunday morning program—will be closed until it is safe for us to convene in person once again, however may be accessed via our new Livestream "Online Zendo" .
In the meantime, we are preparing to use the Internet to stay connected. We’ll be watching the national and global situation carefully and sending emails with news and updates. Please refer to the web page at www.pinewind.org, and remember to open your emails to receive Newsletters for updates announcing specific Livestream Events and other relevant information.
Within the next two weeks, we hope to be live-streaming a limited number of programs (Public Offerings) for students, members, and guests, including Wednesday Evening Dharma Talks, Prayers, and more, via our new Livestream "Online Zendo". Everyone is invited to continue listening to dharma teachings on the podcast, and we are considering other ways we might creatively use the Internet to continue and deepen our Ango training and support for each other.
In practicing the Buddha-dharma we turn inwards and find the calm and clear understanding that is within each of us. We turn outwards to offer lovingkindness, patience and compassion to every being. In times like this, it is only normal to feel anxiety and uncertainty about the present and the future. As practitioners, as brothers and sisters, let us use this current circumstance to take refuge in the Three Treasures, drawing on our trust in the dharma-teachings, in our spiritual community, our faith and trust in one another, and the essential desire in each of us for mutual happiness and well-being.
Here at the Monastery, and in our homes, the monks and I will be chanting the Heart Sutra and Sho Sai Myo Kichigo Dharani each day, sit in Shikantaza for our Community and for all sentient beings; "that all beings everywhere be freed of sorrow and suffering and its causes," and we encourage you to join us by adding them to your daily prayers. As each of us gives voice to these prayers and our intentions, we come together through space and time, united by our shared good wishes.
In anticipation of when we will be in each others company,
I love you,
Pine Wind Zen Community
863 McKendimen Road
Shamong, NJ 08088