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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 February 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 February 1st, 2023,  7:00PM
Join Rev. Sensei Emyo for our monthly Zen Studies discussion

 
Great Faith, It May Not Be What You Think.

Zen is about walking a path that leads to the realm of reality and true happiness. According to Zen Master Torei, if you want to master this path, first you need the faculty of Great Faith. In Zen, "faith" takes on the role of practice and believing in ones own abilities, and not in an external deity or doctrine.

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


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

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Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online*
Wednesday February 8th 2023, 7:00pm

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

If There is No Self, Then Who Is This Me'?

 

The description we have each been assignined, both through our own narrative and that given to us by others, is nothing less than fascinating and yet so few of us ever investigate deeply into this so-called thing we call 'I' or ‘me'.

In almost every way, the ego has become the only reflection one can see. This is one of the reasons it's so difficult to 'see' past it. In Buddhist psychology, the masters have, through the ages, unraveled the pathway that leads to the illusion of the Self and a means of coming back into harmony with who and what we really are. "The Way is neither easy or difficult for those who have no preferences" and so it may be one of the biggest obstacles to the Way... just how many preferences do we have? 

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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Zazenkai - In Person and Online*

Saturday, February 11th, 2023, 9:00am-12:00pm

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

Zazenkai

 

One of Zen Buddhism's main focus is meditation...silent meditation...the purpose of this is not always easy to see and probably less easy to explain, but it surely has a purpose. It's not just 'doing nothing,' it's not being lazy nor an escape from reality; although it can surely be used in those mistaken manners. Zazen is a means in itself, there is no other purpose to it. Master Dogen said "do not doubt it's possibilities because of the simplicity of the method. If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?"

 

There is literally only one way to find out...sit.

 

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)

Donen Teaching

Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online *
Wednesday, February 15
th, 2023,  7:00pm

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


Prajna - The Wisdom of Buddhism

There is a common notion that intelligence or knowledge is one and the same with Wisdom. The intellect is one aspect of Dharma, but only an aspect. The Buddha's awakening was a direct realization of Prajna (wisdom), not accumulated through learned knowledge.  Buddhism attempts to point directly at reality as it truly is, which differs from intelligence, and so it takes a different execution and understanding to experience reality.

Wisdom cannot be attained by simply adding more knowledge.  It must be experienced directly through our attentive contact with the immense world about us.  The Noble Eightfold Path is the means by which Wisdom is given space to awaken...and through this Path, the seed of Wisdom that is already within us begins to bear fruit and it's roots spread out to include all the many beings.

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


Click to Join ONLINE
(* in-person need not register online)

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Sunday Morning Meditation and Liturgy - In Person and Online *
Sunday, February, 19th 2023,  9:00am-11:00am

 

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.


Click to Join ONLINE
(* in-person need not register online)

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