ABOUT JIZO-AN : SEEKING REFUGE
Jizo-An Zen Community is a contemporary meditative group dedicated to the melding of traditional Zen-Buddhist training as it evolved in Japan, with Western contemplative practices and traditions, and the integration of these ancient wisdom practices into daily modern living. The Community meets at its new home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 1930 Marlton Pike East (Executive Mews) as of January 2022. We bring together a Western Zen-Buddhist Lay Contemplative monastic sangha and lay-community, founded by Seijaku Roshi, former Abbot of Pine Wind Monastery.
"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."
Our Vision focuses on integrating the principles of Living a Monastic Life and the activities of daily living in the modern world. We offer opportunities to experience a spiritually diverse Monastic and Lay Community through Meditation, Prayer and Contemplation, and Service, providing an environment or context for training the mind (monastic spirit), integrated Zen studies, diversity, cultivating authentic spirituality, promoting global awareness of the unity of the human society and the natural world, and personal responsibility.
The Community of Jizo-an labors to promote social awareness of suffering, its causes and solutions, and to realizing our vision by being a refuge to all who come through the temple doors. We offer an alternative outlook for Living a Meaningful & Purposeful Life that meets the needs of individuals, society, and the environment, and provides a way out of the suffering and confusion of a fear-driven culture and society.
What sets us apart from other Buddhist practice communities is our emphasis on "ecumenism," as well as inclusiveness and diversity, welcoming persons of all religions and faiths, or no particular faith tradition, and providing a way for anyone, no matter their faith or religion, ethnicity, gender identity, etc., to participate in the vibrant life of our Community. Monks and laity train and practice together at Jizo-an Zendo.
As a western Zen place of practice, being family friendly is important to us. Spouses, partners, parents and their children are welcome to visit.
If what you are looking for is a rare blend of authentic, yet distinctly Western Zen training within a vibrant community of diverse monastic and lay practitioners, then you can stop looking.
We look forward to welcoming you to Jizo-an Zen Community!
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