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!
Upcoming In-Person & Online Zendo Programs (Zoom) for January 2022
"We have looked away from ourselves and toward other for so long that we have forgotten who we truly are. Zen is a road map which, when fully engaged, can lead us back to ourselves and the only real source for our happiness. There is no magic here and I am not a magician. Zen-Training...provides ancient techniques and solutions for navigating our lives through whatever challenges life presents us. The techniques we are offered are very simple and, because of their simplicity, will prove to be most difficult. After forty-five years I have concluded, however, that if we engage this path wholeheartedly, we will know what it really is to live our lives as fully as possible. Our final destination is where we began our journey - Home." - Seijaku Roshi
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, followed by the offering of a short reading or reflection, and closing with a recitation of the Four Great Vows and the Benefit for All.
REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED. DONATIONS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED.
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.
Saturday Morning Zazenkai - In Person and Online
January 8th, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Half-day meditation and a short talk from Sensei Emyo
Join the Monks of Jizo-an Zen Community as we come together to participate in this ancient practice of 'just sitting' or Zazen. The Chan monks referred to it as 'silent illumination.' Although the instructions for sitting Zazen are generally very basic and simple, its depth and insight reaches far beyond what any written words can possibly convey. This is open to all persons, whether experienced or a beginner.
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. Cushions and chairs are provided.
Click to join ONLINE
Virtual Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 7:00 pm
Join Rabbi Richard Chimon Simon for a Dharma Talk:
God-Wrestling - Wrestling (Striving) with that which seems "beyond" us.
God-Wrestling - some translate the Hebrew name for “Israel” in this way. What does it mean to wrestle (strive) with that which is somehow “beyond” us? What do we do when this wrestling causes suffering? Can we turn the wrestling-match into a dance? Come explore these and other intriguing questions with Rabbi Richard Chimon Simon, a senior monk at the Jizo-an Zen Community.
Join The Monks of Jizo-an Zen Community for Wednesday evening meditation, Sutra chanting, and a Dharma Talk on wrestling with our inner self and the world around us.
Virtual Zen Studies Program - In Person and Online
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 7:00 pm
Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves for a Dharma Talk:
Killing the Buddha - Letting go of attachments and illusions of the mind.
Zen Master Linji (Rinzai) once exhorted his students, "if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill the Buddha!" But, what did he mean by this surprising statement? Taken strictly or literally without examination, one might be left confused and disappointed, and perhaps therein lies the very essence of this well known Zen statement.
Join the Monks of Jizo-an Zen Community for Wednesday evening meditation, Sutra chanting, and a Dharma Talk on letting go and moving beyond the attachments and illusions created by our own mind.