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 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 July 6th, 2022, 7:00pm
Join Sensei Richard Emyo Bizub
 for Zazen and a Dharma Talk:

Feeding the Hungry Ghosts

In Zen, the experience of endless wanting is known as the Hungry Ghost. It’s an inner state that we all experience and that creates considerable dissatisfaction. The type of Hungry Ghost may be different for each of us, but the energy behind the hunger is the same. There is something we crave, something we feel that we need to be happy. It’s only when we embrace the Hungry Ghost with compassion that we feed its starving spirit and it loses some of its power.

Join Sensei Emyo and 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 July 13th, 2022, 7:00 pm

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

All Structures are Unstable

Every single thing is crumbling…

Termites secretly nibble away your house.

Lichens grow on rocks and eat them a grain at a time.

Hawks devour bunnies

Sick cells prey on healthy cells.

Literally the sky is falling.

And this is correct. and not to be despised.

This is reality…the Buddha said that we suffer because we wish it to be different than it is and because we wish for it to be different, we slowly or quickly turn reality into a type of fantasy through our endless brain chatter,

Even though this is true, it’s very difficult to see the subtle ways in which we distort what we see, hear, taste, smell, touch and think.

The Noble Eightfold path was the Buddha's prescription to end suffering for those who suffer. We all suffer. So we must all look.

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT

(in-person need not register online)

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

Zazenkai is an opportunity to enter more deeply into this practice called meditation. 
It is open to all; beginners or experienced practitioners and especially to anyone wishing to continue and strengthen their practice. These mini 'retreats' are an important aspect of Zen...without these more intensive periods of silent meditation, the true Dharma eye has a difficult time 'staying open'. In more simple terms, we give up more easily.
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 July 20th, 2022, 7:00pm

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

The Three Pillars of Zen

Zazen is often referred to as the Dharma gate of ease and joy, yet for most people, Zen practices feels very challenging and sometimes downright difficult. How do we experience the ease and joy of Zen. How do we 'drop anchor' and remain rooted and steadfast in Dharma practice and study?

The Three Pillars of Zen are the foundation of the Great Way.

With Great Faith, Great Doubt and Great Perseverance we can remain upright in our path of practice and awaken to a life of love, compassion and wisdom.

Join Orlando Donen Nieves and 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
July 16th, 2022,  9:00 am

Join us in-person if you can 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