Jizo-an Zen Community has re-located to our new facility in Cherry Hill, NJ. We have resumed all Livestreaming and in-person events at the new Zendo. Please see below for the latest information on In-Person and Livestreamed Zendo Events, and other ways to connect. You can also keep up with us through our Newsletter, our podcast, as well as Patreon and social media.

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All of the following programs are offered at low cost or without a fee requirement. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through the registration process, or via our Donation Page. Thank you for your support! 

Please note that if you are planning on attending any program in person, you can pay the program registration fee in person at the door. Registration online is only required if you will be attending the program online via Zoom. In-person registration can be paid by cash, or check made out to The Zen Society. 

Upcoming In-Person & Online Zendo Programs (Zoom) for May 2022
* Please note that masks are now optional when attending in person at the Zendo

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The Ease & Joy of Morning Meditation (Virtual Meditation Online Only)

 
Livestream Meditation Schedule:

Every day (7 Days/week, at 5:30am Online)

EVERY WEEK OF THE MONTH

Zazen is the dharma gate of great ease and joy

— this is the standard that Master Dogen lays down.

Join us for a morning of meditation where we sit with ease and intimacy. We spend this time together in self-exploration and investigation. It is ideal for beginners, intermediate, and experienced meditators who wish to deepen their practice. The Ease and Joy of Mornings is open to everyone.

 

We come together as community to sit Zazen, or silent illumination, for 25-30 minutes.  On some mornings, Zazen is followed by a short reading and reflection, and we close with a recitation of the Four Great Vows and the Benefit for All.   

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED.  DONATIONS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE 5:30AM MEDITATION

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The Ease & Joy of Evening Meditation & Dharma Discussion

Virtual Meditation and a brief Evening Dharma Discussion (Online Only)

Livestream Meditation: Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:00pm 

EVERY WEEK OF THE MONTH

 

Practice and enlightenment, the masters have long said, are both solitary and social endeavors. We need each other for reflection, encouragement and inspiration. Though some may have a strong capacity for seclusion, Sangha is one of the three precious gems for a very good reason—we depend on each other to wake up. "We Are More Together Than Alone."

Guidelines for Participating (Zazen) Meditation Over Zoom:

  • Please join sittings a few minutes before the scheduled time, so as to be seated and settled in place before the period of zazen begins.

  • Please keep your microphone muted until the very end.

  • The group leader will ring three bells to begin zazen & one bell to signal the end of zazen.

REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED.  DONATIONS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED.

CLICK THIS LINK TO JOIN THE 7PM MEETING

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 Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online
Wednesday June 1st, 2022, 7:00pm
Join Sensei Richard Emyo Bizub
 for Zazen and a Dharma talk:

Picking and Choosing: The Disease of the Mind

Most humans would never question for even a second that picking and choosing was a disease of the mind... We have all been raised on right and wrong, like and dislike, mine and yours and very few would ever question this. So why is this such a profound teaching in Buddhism? Because few people wish to look at the deeper aspect of 'picking and choosing' which are fear and desire...We have been spoon fed fear and desire from the moment were born.
This ancient text is a direct pointing at how we are 'chasing after and running from' almost constantly in our lives and how this becomes our identity. We define ourselves by what we like and don't like.
When we transcend these hard lines, we are offered an ability to put ourselves in other peoples shoes, to see life from all sides.

Join Sensei Emyo and the Monks at Jizo-an for an evening of meditation, chanting of the Sutras and contemplation of the Dharma.

 
REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT
(in-person need not register online)

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Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online

Wednesday June 8th, 2022, 7:00 pm

Join Rev. Kevin Genjo LeBlanc for Zazen and a Dharma Talk:

The Moment you step foot on the Road- you've walked it completely

There is 'commitment' and there is 'No Choice"

This Koan speaks to 'No Choice" not as in a prisoner who has no choice, but as in the man that realizes the road he MUST walk. 

It says there is no destination and no goal...no suprises and no hindrances... there is simply a road. Steeping foot onto it isn't the hard part...you must find the road first.

Join Kevin Genjo LeBlanc and the Monks of Jizo-an for an evening of meditation, chanting of the Sutras and contemplation of the Dharma.

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT

(in-person need not register online)

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Saturday Morning Zazenkai - In Person and Online
June 11th, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Half-day Silent Meditation 

Zazenkai is an opportunity to enter more deeply into this practice called meditation. 
It is open to all; beginners or experienced practitioners and especially to anyone wishing to continue and strengthen their practice. These mini 'retreats' are an important aspect of Zen...without these more intensive periods of silent meditation, the true Dharma eye has a difficult time 'staying open'. In more simple terms, we give up more easily.
We will practice periods of seated meditation and periods of walking meditation.

Be sure to arrive a few minutes early for any instructions and to make sure we are able to all begin on time...wear comfortable, loose clothing and socks. Cushions and chairs are provided.


REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT
(in-person need not register online)

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Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online

Wednesday June 15th, 2022, 7:00pm

Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves for Zazen and a Dharma Talk: 

Living Authentically- True Freedom

Zen is the art of living authentically in the world. 

How does one know if they are living authentically? One investigates oneself in silence while in a seated position with hands rested and eyes lowered...holding oneself still, clinging to no thoughts or ideals...from this place the true Dharma eye has the ability to open, awaken...this is wisdom...this is freedom.

To see oneself with clarity. To drop away what is unnecessary and to 'be in the world'
 

Join Orlando Donen Nieves and the Monks of Jizo-an for an evening of meditation, chanting of the Sutras and contemplation of the Dharma.

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT

(in-person need not register online)

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Sunday Morning Meditation and Liturgy - In Person and Online
June 19th, 2022,  9:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for Sunday morning meditation and chanting of the Heart Sutra and Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani.  Zazen is not a means to an end, it is enlightenment itself. The seed of enlightenment resides with the human mind...the Zafu becomes the vehicle.
Meditation starts at 9:00am, please join a few moments early for any instructions.


Click to Join ONLINE