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Jizo-an Zen Community now makes its home in Cherry Hill, NJ, offering all our 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. If you are not currently receiving our Newsletter, you can add your name to our mailing list. 

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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 2024
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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 - Online and IN-PERSON*
Wednesday JUNE 5th  2024,  7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Rev. Sensei Emyo for one of our monthly Dharma talks

2600 years of Buddhist History in 26 Minutes

In its 2600 year history, from the time of the man Siddhartha Gotama who was to become the Buddha, to the present day, Buddhism has grown from a tiny religious community in northern India, into a movement that now spans the globe. It has shaped the development of civilization in India and Southeast Asia; has had a major influence on the civilizations of China, Tibet, Korea, and Japan, and today has become a major part of the multi religious world of Europe and North America. The story of Buddhism is fascinating. It is a story of the Buddha himself, and the story of generations of people who have used the model of the Buddha's life to shape not only their own lives, but the societies in which they live.

Join us for an evening of Zazen, (seated meditation) Kinhin (walking mediation) chanting of the Sutras and a Dharma discussion...both in-person and online.

 

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (click here)

*IN PERSON NEED NOT REGISTER

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FULL DAY ZAZENKAI- Online AND IN-PERSON*

Saturday June 8th, 2024 at 9:00am- 5:00pm

Join the Monks of Jizo-an Zen Community

Full Day Zazenkai

Master Dogen said "in your meditation, you yourself are the mirror reflecting the solution to your problems." So we sit Zazen to 'see' this for ourselves. There is no book or dogma or concept that can give you the solution...they may point towards it, but each of us must walk in that direction. 

Zazenkai is an opportunity to dive deeper in the process of knowing oneself through meditation and community.

The day will be a combination of both seated and walking meditation as well as a meal shared in sacred silence ending with a short talk given by one of the monks...Please arrive about 10 minutes early so we can all start on time together, and for any instructions.

You must register for this event so that we have an accurate count for seating and the meal.

IN-PERSON PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (cick here)l

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (click here)

 

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ZEN STUDIES PROGRAM - Online AND IN-PERSON*

Wednesday JUNE 12th, 2024, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves for one of our monthly Dharma talks

Buddha Nature - Why do we practice?

In Zen practice, we begin with the basic understanding that we are all innately Buddhas.  We are endowed with Buddha Nature.  But what does this mean?  If we are all innately Buddhas, then why practice?  Buddha Nature is ultimately inconceivable.  It cannot be expressed in words.  And yet, as human beings, we must use words to help us communicate and understand that which is ultimately unknowable conceptually.   Buddha Nature is not about attaining anything.  It is a matter of realization, the direct unfolding experience of ultimate reality as it is.  It is Zen Master Yunmen's "being in the midst of illumination."  We will explore Buddha Nature together.  

Join us for an evening of Zazen, (seated meditation) Kinhin (walking mediation) chanting of the Sutras and a Dharma discussion...both in-person and online.

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (click here)

*IN PERSON NEED NOT REGISTER

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SUNDAY MORNING LITURGY- Online AND IN-PERSON*

SUNDAY, June 16th, 2024 at 9:00AM- 11:00AM

Join the Monks of Jizo-an Zen Community

Liturgy—Expressions of 'The Heart'

Liturgy is the coming together in community, showing gratitude for the past Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and all the ordinary beings throughout time and space...offering veneration and gratitude for the continuation of the many teachings of the Great Way. 

Join us for Zazen followed by our Liturgy service led by one of the monks.

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (click here)

*IN PERSON NEED NOT REGISTER

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ZEN STUDIES PROGRAM- Online AND *IN-PERSON

Wednesday June 19th, 2024, 7:00PM- 9:00PM

Join Rev. Kevin Genjo LeBlanc for one of our monthly Dharma talks...

DANCING WITH MARA:

There seem to be so many pitfalls on the road of life...almost all creatures would not argue this and yet the Buddha stated that we can be free from suffering; it can be transformed. So what would be transformed? No more potholes? No more addictions? No more physical, mental and emotional pain? And finally, no more confusion? 

The story that we carry of life turns out to be just that...it's a story and there is one who loves the story even more than we do: Mara. He's the one that makes the story so strong by making impermanent things seem so permanent. That we grasp at a permanent existence in an impermanent vessel. Mara has 10,000 tricks and he will employ the most powerful ones in the beginning and then over time he learns that the small ones ensnare us just as much.

So what do we transform?

Join us for a period of Zazen (seated meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), chanting of the sutras, and a Dharma discussion...both in-person and online.

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (click here)

 

*IN-PERSON NEED NOT REGISTER

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