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 August 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 August 3rd, 2022, 7:00pm
Join Sensei Richard Emyo Bizub
 for Zazen and a Dharma Talk:

Taking Refuge

All of us search for meaning in our lives. In Buddhism, taking refuge is about putting a meaningful directive in our lives. It's about changing our state of mind by deepening our understanding of what really gives life purpose and so we turn to the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. When we begin to engage these deep teachings by bringing them into our daily living...we take refuge in their profound truth.

Join 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 August 10th , 2022, 7:00 pm

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

Skillful means- How we save ourselves and others from a house on fire

In Zen practice we cultivate and apply skillful means in all aspects of our daily lives. The Lotus Sutra, one of the most revered Sutras in the Mahayana tradition, points to the importance of utilizing expedient or skillful means in the situations of life. Join us as we explore The Buddha's teaching on skillfulness.

Join 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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Saturday Morning Zazenkai - In Person and Online
Saturday August 13th 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Half-day Silent Meditation 

 

Extended periods of meditation offers us an invitation to really 'sit' Interestingly enough for most of us we don't just sit...we think about sitting; think about holding still, think about not thinking. So these longer sesshins offer us a window into the subtle nature of our distractions...they reveal themselves constantly during meditation.

Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit, either in a chair or on a cushion. Begin with a few deep breaths, letting the physical body relax and simply follow along. Even though you are sitting in a different place, we will all be sitting together.


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 August 17th, 2022, 7:00pm

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

Indra's Net- The Invisible Web

Indra's net was a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all things in order for humans to have a clear grasp of reality. One phenomena contains all phenomena.

Buddhism is sometimes referred to as a philosophy rather than a religion because it is concerned with understanding reality instead of just believing in reality, which allows an individual to directly experience this human realm mentally. physically, emotionally and spiritually in contrast to just believing in something and for good reason; because as we know, most belief is generally opinion and or symbolic of a desire. Reality is not symbolic.

But of course we can use symbols and metaphors to point at things we can't see...wisdom is seemingly invisible, but we know it to be true...love is also invisible, but we learn to make it visible.

Join 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 *
Sunday, August 21st, 2022,  9:00 am

Join us in-person for our Sunday morning meditation and chanting of the Sutras through Liturgy. Chanting of the sutras is a way for us to connect with each other in a deeper sense as well offering thanks to all the many beings and the Buddhas of the past, present and future.
Zazen is not a means to an end, it is enlightenment itself. The seed of enlightenment resides within 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


* We will have our first OPEN HOUSE following liturgy from 11am till 2pm
you are welcome to stay for both or just join us for either liturgy or the Open House.
Open House will be In-Person only