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 October 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 October 5th, 2022, 7:00pm
Join Sensei Richard Emyo Bizub
 for Zazen and a Dharma Talk:


GREAT DOUBT LEADS TO GREAT AWAKENING:
One of the central elements of Zen practice is Great Doubt. Essentially, it is Zen's scientific method; our actions become the test and we are the beaker. In other words, not believing anything unless you can demonstrate the truth for yourself and in doing so, our beliefs arise out of direct contact through examination and re-examination. Zen Master Boshan (1575-1630) summed it up this way: "great doubt, great awakening, small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening"

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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Zazenkai - HALF DAY MEDITATION - In Person and Online

Saturday October 8th , 2022, 9:00 am

HALF DAY SILENT MEDITATION: 
Extended periods of meditation offer us an invitation to really just 'sit'.  Interestingly enough, for most of us, we don't just sit...we think about sitting; think about holding still; think about breathing.  So we find ourselves just thinking more.  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 October 12th 2022, 7:00pm

Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves for meditation and a Dharma Talk
 

REFLECTIONS ON IMPERMANENCE AND THE FLOW OF LIFE:

Contemplation is an important part of any spiritual practice and when done correctly can help to open and expand our minds and hearts. Zen especially, looks towards the natural world for many of our solutions for the simple understanding that we are an aspect of the living world. As the seasons come and go, these changes offer a deeper insight into our own psyche. The teaching on impermanence finds a perfect place to unfold in the change of seasons. The transitory, ever changing reality of all phenomena. Birth and Death.

The natural world grows and changes with pure gracefulness and at the same time teaches us how to live this way, without fear and regret of impermanence. She says "swim with me, or i'll drag you" Both are ok, but one of them is more enjoyable.

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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Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online

Wednesday October 19th, 2022, 7:00pm

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

THE THREE PURE PRECEPTS IN OUR DAILY LIFE:

Not creating evil. Practicing good. Actualizing good for others.

The three Pure Precepts from the Bodhisattva Vows are the embodiment of our human life, they offer a clear, powerful way to operate in our everyday connections. Evil here is understood as 'action' but more closely related to the energy of those actions...Whats the driving force of our actions...especially the harmful ones? Is it possible to truly understand? Yes.

We can only speak of the relativity of good and evil in individual cases. The categories of good and evil cannot be suspended; they are continually alive and cannot be attached to material things — C.G. Jung

It seems that once a person is able to understand and accept the origin of these illusions, then that person easily practices Not Creating Evil and the next two precepts simply fall into place of their own accord...obviously, this sounds like were making a difficult thing simple; it's not so simple.

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, October 16th, 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

(in-person need not register online)