Welcome to Ashland Zen Center. We practice Soto Zen Buddhism in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the author of “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.” This tradition stretches back over two thousand years.
Zen Buddhism is grounded in the daily practice of zazen meditation and nourishes awakening in everyday life and within relationships. Maintaining a garden, working, cooking, raising children — these activities are the rich field of Zen practice.
Discover what Zen Buddhism is by directly experiencing zazen for yourself. Show up and see what happens. People join our sangha from all faith traditions and all walks of life. Everyone is welcome.
We are located at 740 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland.
Vaccination is required for in-person practice.
May all beings live in safety and be free from suffering.
Zazen Instruction is offered on Wednesday evenings at 6:20 p.m.
A beginner's introduction to Zen Practice is offered Wednesday nights at 6:20 p.m. throughout the year, during Ashland Zen Center's scheduled calendar.
For visitors, a suggested donation is $5 - $20.
Anyone can meditate. Whether or not you are flexible, have the ability to sit cross-legged, or can get up and down off the floor on your knees does not limit you. If you wish to sit zazen, please join us.
Sitting in a chair, on a bench or on a cushion are all equally beneficial practices. One is not better than another.
If you arrive at Ashland Zen Center by car, park facing away from the buildings, and leave your phone there or silence it before entering the temple. A bicycle rack is available at the far end of the parking lot.
The zendo is in the front house - enter through the front door, closest to the street. There is a shoe rack on the front porch. Shoes are removed before entering the building. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Jeans are difficult to sit in, and shorts and tank tops are not considered appropriate attire in the zendo.
RSVP for zazen instruction.