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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 June 2023
* 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 7th, 2023,  7:00PM
Join Rev. Sensei Emyo for our monthly Zen Studies discussion

 

Bowing: The Expression of the Physical And Spiritual Laws of the Universe

Buddhism is full of bowing practices. We bow to all beings; we bow when entering the Zendo, to each other, to our seat whether a cusion or chair, to the Altar and to our food. In Zen, bowing is not a gesture of worship but rather a practice of gratitude and non-duality. Bowing is a physical expression of the Buddha's teaching. It is the dropping away of the ego and it's myriad attachments. It is the acknowledgement that self and other are not two separate things.


Join the Monks of Jizo-an for an evening of Zazen, chanting of the Sutras and contemplation of the Dharma.

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

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ZAZENKAI - 1/2 DAY MEDITATION In Person and Online*
Saturday JUNE 10th 2023, 9:00am - 12:00pm

A half day meditation intensive...open to beginner as well as experienced 

Zazenkai - Half Day Silent Meditation

 

Zazenkai is an opportunity for those less experienced with more longer periods of sitting Zazen, who would like to deepen and grow in a meditation practice, as well as those who are already experienced in longer hours of Zazen.

We come together for both seated meditation and Kinhin (walking meditation), and a short talk from one of the Monks. The day is spent in sacred silence.

 

Join the monks of Jizo-an for our monthy Zazenkai. Cushions and mats provided.

Please arrive 10-15 mins early for any instructions

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT

(*in-person need not register online)

 

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ZEN STUDIES PROGRAM - In Person and Online*

Wednesday, JUNE 14th, 2023, 7:00PM

Join Rev. Kevin Genjo LeBlanc for our monthly Zen studies discussion

Birth And Death: Holding to Nothing, Working with Everything

The temperature rises from the oceans and the clouds bring icy cold from the stars, this is the birth of rain; and as these two entities dance they eventually settle back into their natural states. All phenomenon come into existence, dance and pass away. The Buddha said "Life is a river always moving, hold on to nothing, work hard”.

Because we are such complex creatures, this very simple approach to living seems to elude us and yet this way of living can be a reality for each of us...it only depends on one thing...you.

Zen focuses on silence not because we have nothing to say, but because there seems to be an innate wisdom within each of us that can't be heard when we are in constant chatter, constant flight from reality. So we practice just sitting in silence to make space for this wisdom to have a ‘voice'.

Join us for an evening of Zazen, chanting of the sutras and a Dharma discussion.


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

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Sunday Morning Meditation and Liturgy - In Person and Online *
Sunday, JUNE 18th
 2023,  9:00am-11:00am
 

Liturgy

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 as offering thanks to all the many beings and the Buddhas of the past, present and future, as well as offering healing and prayers to the suffering.

 

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. Free to attend.


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(* in-person need not register online)

 

 

 

 

 

Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online *
Wednesday, JUNE 21st, 2023,  7:00pm

Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves for our monthly Zen studies program.

The Supreme Meal: Instructions to the Cook and the Minds Of Zen

Zen is your everyday life...washing carrots, cleaning the rice, carrying wood, walking, sitting at the computer, eating and playing...nothing special. And yet every aspect of your life when experienced from a state of awareness and whole heartedness, becomes extraordinary.

Zen Master Dogen had a way of teaching this everyday simplicity...a way of seeing everything as special. In his instructions to the cook he describes how we partake in the 'Supreme Meal’. The importance of engaging the Three MInds of Zen and how these 'minds' help us to live fully in this life.

Join us for an evening of Zazen, chanting of the sutras and a Dharma discussion


REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT

(* in-person need not register online)

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