The Zen Society will be Moving
Since Roshi’s passing in June it is probable that the future of the Zen Society has been on your minds. No need to worry. Roshi prepared his monks well for the future. You most likely had noticed, that over the past three years Roshi has slowly turned over the running of programs and the Zen Center to the monks. This includes both programs at Pine Wind and on Zoom.
Moving forward the monks are prepared to carry on with little if any changes to our current programs. The one program that we will discontinue is Zen Chat. This was Roshi’s signature program and the monks felt that we could not in good conscience continue this Saturday night event without Roshi.
With regards to the future of Pine Wind Zen Center, Roshi’s death set in motion the necessity for the monks to find a new home for the Zen Society. Since its founding, the Zen Society has been in three different locations teaching the dharma. First in Riverton, then in Cinnaminson, and now in Shamong. So now we move once again. The monks have already started the process of looking for a new home.
The Buddhadharma is very mobile and can be taken wherever we go, it’s not dependent on any physical location. How we will practice in our new location will change very little from Pine Wind Zen Center. We will still offer teachings, meditate, chant the sutras, offer incense and sit in the silence of the Zendo. And of course our offerings on Zoom reach everywhere. So essentially the only thing that will change is the street address. The monks will continue to advance Roshi’s vison of a thriving Zen community and a more just and compassionate world.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Teacher, Zen Master and friend, Seijaku Roshi. He left this world peacefully on June 19th. He was attended to by his Monks.
Donations to honor the memory of our Roshi and to support his vision can be given to The Zen Center at:
The Zen Center/Jizo-an Monastery will continue to fully operate under the auspices of the Monks of Pine Wind, who are committed to continuing Roshi's legacy. We hope you will continue to support us and help bring to fruition the vision of Seijaku Roshi for the world.
"In order to meet the challenges facing all of us, we will need a spirituality grounded in the human heart, rather than beliefs or ideals. One that cultivates the best in each of us, challenges us to function at the level of full self-expression, and affirms the fundamental and immeasurable value of every living being.” — Seijaku Roshi
The Order of The Great Lights
Pine Wind Zen Community Jizo-an Monastery
We are a diverse community of Contemplative Zen 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, we are 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 for all beings 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 (Open to visit from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily), afford an atmosphere in which quiet reflection and prayer are accessible to all.
Whether attending in-person or online, a Wednesday Evening Zen Studies Class, a seminar, Liturgy Service, or a one-day, 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.
"Community is the Spirit, the Guiding Light, whereby people come together to fulfill a purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose, and to take care of one another."
PWZC / Jizo-an Monastery offers a variety of in-person and online programs to inspire, serve, and educate the public about the Dharma and the meaning of Living Spiritually in the World - Living a Zen-Inspired Life. We offer both free programs, as well as programs accessible by donation.
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Pine Wind Zen Community
863 McKendimen Road
Shamong, NJ 08088