Suzuki Roshi once said, "If you want to practice zazen, it is necessary to have good friends. Then naturally you will have good practice."
Sangha means spiritual community, and is considered one of the treasures of the spiritual life.
Full sangha participation at Ashland Zen Center provides spiritual support and training. Practicing with a community teaches us to harmonize; communicate fully; appreciate differences and similarities; drop judgement, and find joy in connection. Living life fully is possible when we are fully present. No one can do that for us, but we can't do it alone. Show up, and see what happens.
Offered by sangha members who have been sitting zazen for several years and wish to welcome you into the zendo. Offered every other Wednesday night before the scheduled evening zazen begins. Every other Wednesday, beginners may receive instruction from 6:20-7:00 and then join the zendo for zazen, service and the dharma talk that evening.
Be prepared in a quiet room with no other responsibilities for all Zoom activities. Fill out the request forms below by 12:00 pm the day of the zazen instruction. You will receive a confirmation email with a zoom link that is unique to zazen instruction.
Priests are available to welcome you to the sangha and discuss questions you may have about practice at Ashland Zen Center.
Stay aware of upcoming events and sangha activities. We would be delighted if you would share your information to be added to our mailing list. Become part of the wide sangha circle.
A beginner's introduction to Zen Practice is offered Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. throughout the year, during Ashland Zen Center's scheduled calendar. Check calendar
For visitors, a suggested donation is $5 - $20.
On March 21, Ashland Zen Center is offering an event just for beginners. Beginner's Zen Buddhism
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 either 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.