At this time, Pine Wind Zen Community, Jizo-an Monastery Temple (Zendo) is Closed for Public Visits until it is safe for us to convene in person once again. In the meantime, like so many others around the world, we’ll be using the Internet to stay connected. Please refer to this web page (see below) for updated information on Livestream, Online Zendo Events, and other ways to connect. You can also keep up with us through our Newsletter  and our podcast as well as 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 Online Zendo Programs for September 2020

"We have looked away from ourselves and toward other for so long that we have forgotten who we are. Zen, Zen-Training, 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-Traning both challenges as well as, provides with 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

A Course In Living Spiritually - 2020-2021 Ango - Zen Training Program
Beginning Wednesday September 2, 2020


"You don't have to become a monk to train like a monk, but you have train like a monk"

Zen is not a philosophical, theological or an esoteric meditative technique designed for transforming our lives - Zen and Zen Training is "a matter of our lives". It is better understood as a context for "being in the world" which awakens and actualizes our True-Nature. It places the responsibility for discovering both the causes and the solutions for an individuals discontentment or suffering squarely on the individuals shoulders. It always applies to our life right where it is, how it is, and in whatever place or situation we find ourselves in. The techniques demonstrated and mastered in Zen, training the mind-body toward liberation or cessation from suffering are ancient yet, seamless and timeless, reaching back to the very same questions Buddha was asking himself amidst his despair and doubt. It provides solutions for transformation which have been well-honed and proven over generations to work for both the student as well as the teachers who have walked this very path.

To Learn More About Joining The Monks of Pine Wind for Ango 2020-2021

A Course in Living Spiritually - Introduction to Ango 2020-2021 Zen Training

Wednesday September 2, 2020 7:00pm

"You don't have to become a monk to train like a monk, but you have to train like a monk."  - Seijaku Roshi

Ango - "Peaceful Dwelling" offers the opportunity to experience the Monastery's cloister - a dynamic integrated spiritual community and a place to encounter your own inner silence, wisdom, and compassion. In practicing Buddha-dharma we turn inwards and find the calm and clear understanding that is within each of us. We turn outwards to offer lovingkindness, patience, compassion, and benevolent service to every being. We welcome every person seeking refuge in the ancient teachings of wisdom and compassion to practice with our Community and Sangha.

This evenings Online Zendo Event is designed to introduce both the beginner and the more seasoned student of Zen to what it means to "Train Like a Monk," and to Live Spiritually in the World.


The Ease & Joy of Morning Meditation (Virtual Meditation)

Beginning Thursday September 3, 2020 

Livestream Meditation Schedule -
(Monday - Friday 5:30am - 6:30am &  9:30am - 10:30am)

Zazen is the dharma gate of great ease and joy

— this is the standard Master Dogen lays down.


Join Rev. Genjo LeBlanc for a morning of meditation where we’ll learn to sit with ease and intimacy. We spend this time together in curiosity and exploration. It is an ideal entryway for beginners and even intermediate or long-time meditators who want to refresh and renew the meditation experience. The Ease and Joy of Mornings is for everyone; no one is left out.


In addition to an introduction of some basic Zen forms, you will learn how to establish and maintain a comfortable sitting posture, how to focus on your breath, and how to engage the self with intimacy and curiosity.




Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation from Suffering

Wednesday September 9, 2020 7:00pm

Join Rabbi Chimon Simon, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind for an evening designed for Beginners as well as more seasoned students of Meditation and Zen.


The evening will include a period of seated Zen Meditation (Shikantaza) and Walking Meditation (Kinhinn),Evening Prayers and a Dharma Teaching on:

RIGHT POINT-OF-VIEW (Right Understanding)


  • The Truth of Suffering and its Causes

  • The Origin of Suffering

  • The Cessation of Suffering

  • The Path to the Cessation of Suffering


Not Two - Home Practice One-Day Meditation
Saturday September 12, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm

Welcome to "Not Two", a way to bring elements of a formal (shikantaza) meditation intensive practice by The Monks of Pine Wind and The Community, into your daily life. You will be able to participate with Pine Wind's Fall Sesshin via Livestream (Zoom).


We’ve designed this retreat keeping in mind the unique circumstances that each person finds themselves in during this time of COVID-19. People can engage fully with a sesshin schedule in their homes; others may seek the rigors and rewards of a meditation intensive while navigating their ongoing responsibilities to work or family. Not-Two can hold it all as we sit together, even while our needs and experiences might be quite diverse.

The day will include a brief instruction in seated meditation (skiantaza), walking meditation (Kinhinn), and Zendo Etiquette; followed by Liturgy and a Dharma Teaching later in the day. You will also have an opportunity to eat lunch in your home while joining the Monks and Students during Mealtime Sutras and Prayers.


Virtual Zen Studies Program - The Buddha's Prescription for Cessation from Suffering

Wednesday September 16, 2020 7:00pm

Join Rev. Genjo LeBlanc, OGL & The Monks of Pine Wind for an evening designed for Beginners as well as more seasoned students of Meditation and Zen.


The evening will include a period of seated Zen Meditation (Shikantaza) and Walking Meditation (Kinhinn),Evening Prayers and a Dharma Teaching on:



  • Lovingkindness

  • Compassion

  • Appreciative Joy

  • Equanimity


We Are More Together Than Alone - Bearing Witness Together in These Troubled Times

Saturday September 19, 2020 7:00pm

An Evening With Seijaku Roshi

We all continue to live in unprecedented times and many people are suffering, both physically and emotionally.  Yet we can seize  precious opportunities, opportunities for support and hope, and for us to touch into the truth of uncertainty and loss that we are all facing to discover what our fear so often does not allow for us to see.

Join Seijaku Roshi as we explore grief, loss, uncertainty, and the skills necessary for working with the profound disruptions we are all facing today as a result of the presence of COVID-19 in our lives. All over the world, many people are physically isolated, some people with no one to talk to or with whom they can receive support. Our intention for this evening is to create a space where we can be together to learn from one another as we navigate these troubled times. This gathering is not meant to give people all the answers as much as it is to instead “bear witness together” to the pain and love that is present in this time, knowing we need each other now more than ever - That We Are More Together Than Alone!


Sunday Morning Liturgy, Prayers, and Dharma Teaching

Sunday September 20, 2020 9:00am


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