It is essential that we practice social distancing now, as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve here and around the world. However, because we cannot sit together in the zendo does not mean our continued practice of Zen Buddhism must fall away.
Now more than ever daily zazen and mindful practice throughout the day is exactly what our family, our home and our community needs.
The Art of Zazen is an excellent article about the form and practice of zazen, written by Dainin Katagiri Roshi. Going back to basics may support you as you establish or continue your home sitting practice.
Look here for a recommended reading list. These titles may be available as eBooks or from AmazonSmile, where you can support Ashland Zen Center by shopping at Smile.amazon.com.
A Soto Zen Buddhist temple in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi
Welcome to Ashland Zen Center, a refuge for the study and practice of Zen Buddhism.
Ashland Zen Center is located at 740 Tolman Creek Road, next to the ODOT yard. Slow down to find us; our parking lot is marked by a simple pole with the numbers 740.
The teachers, priests and the congregation of Ashland Zen Center practice Soto Zen Buddhism in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the author of “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.” This Buddhist tradition stretchers back over two thousand years. People join us from all faith traditions and all walks of life.
Ashland Zen Center has a regular meditation schedule Sunday through Thursday morning and Wednesday night. Wednesday night includes a beginner’s introduction at 6:30 p.m., meditation, and a talk on Buddhism followed by tea. Everyone is welcome. Visit ashlandzencenter.org for details. Sunday includes meditation, service, care of the temple and a potluck breakfast. Classes, retreats and special events are offered throughout the year.
It is also possible to join Ashland Zen Center for half-day, morning practice Monday through Thursday including community breakfast and lunch. Zen emphasizes putting meditative awareness into everyday activities. Maintaining our grounds and garden, caring for our buildings, cooking, ringing the bells for service — these activities all deepen Zen practice. Visit our website for more information, or call (541) 552-1175 to speak to someone about participation.
Discover what Zen Buddhism can mean for you by directly experiencing it for yourself.