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Jizo-an Zen Community now makes its home at our new facility 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 February 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 February 7th, 2024,  7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Rev. Sensei Emyo for one of our monthly Dharma talks

REMEMBERING BODHIDHARMA

Bodhidharma seems to be an enigma of sorts…at least, to probably most of the people who encountered this larger than life individual.  He is the First Zen Patriarch, attributed with bringing Buddhism from India to China.  His stories seem a bit more like folklore than truth, but what we do know is that his teachings were powerful… enough so as to re-plant Buddhism in the East, beginning with the Shaolin Monks. His teaching was this: "Zen is a special transmission outside the scriptures, no dependence on words and letters, a direct pointing to the human mind, and the realization of Buddhahood."  These four points do not stand alone, but are interconnected.

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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ZEN STUDIES PROGRAM Online AND IN-PERSON*

Wednesday February 14th, 2024, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Join Rev. Kevin Genjo LeBlanc for one of our monthly Zen studies program

 

The Platform Sutra - Precepts to the Layman

This sutra is a teaching by Huineng, the Sixth Patriarch of Zen, where he gave a Dharma talk on the Precepts to an assembly of mostly lay people.  There is a great correlation here: the Middle Way and our Ordinary Lives…the fact that we can realize this extraordinary truth in this lifetime AND live in the world…as the old Zen adage goes - “if not now, when?” 

As most of these teachings are written, they are not straightforward. But we have an opportunity to get quiet and peel back some of the layers to uncover some very simple ways of integrating these practices into our lives.

 

The Buddha said: to be able to express the Dharma is to see Shakyamuni Buddha because, when ‘such a one’ comes to see ‘Me’, he is Shakyamuni Buddha.

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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ZAZENKAI- Half-day Meditation- Online AND IN-PERSON*

Saturday February 10th, 2024, 9:00AM - 12:00PM

ZAZENKAI

The practice of Zazen or Zen meditation is rooted in Shikantaza or, 'Just Sitting' and for most practitioners, this is only noticed during these longer periods of meditation. Its in these deeper periods of practice that many people see the subtle ways in which the human mind is constantly grasping at this and running from that.

Zazenkai is open to everyone interested, although some experience with Zen meditation is suggested.

Join us for a morning of Zazen, (seated meditation) and Kinhin (walking mediation) 

REGISTER FOR ONLINE EVENT (click here)

*IN PERSON NEED NOT REGISTER

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ZEN STUDIES PROGRAM- Online AND IN-PERSON*

Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 at 7:00PM- 9:00PM

Join Rev. Orlando Donen Nieves for this monthly Zen Studies program

 

The Three Wisdoms of Practice

As human beings, we have this precious opportunity to study and realize the Way, and to cultivate wisdom.  In many schools of Buddhism, it is traditionally taught that there are three aspects of cultivating Prajna, or wisdom.  These three aspects are: listening, contemplating and meditating.  But this path is not simply a linear path of progression through the stages, what Shunryu Suzuki Roshi often referred to as stepladder Zen.  Rather, it is an interconnected and ever-unfolding path of liberation.  We will look at these Three Wisdoms and how they connect with the Three Pillars of Zen practice.

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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SUNDAY- Monthly Liturgy and Zazen- Online AND *IN-PERSON

Sunday February 18th, 2024, 9:00AM- 11:00AM

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

*IN PERSON NEED NOT REGISTER

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