Zen Centerof Philadelphia
two rivers zendo • ordinary mind school
The Zen Center of Philadelphia is meant for ordinary people who wish to learn meditation in the midst of their everyday lives of work, study, and relationship. Through zazen, interview with the teacher, and monthly day-long sittings, you can study with like-minded people to open your awareness and heart. Beginners are welcome. Instruction is given to first-time visitors.
The Zen Center of Philadelphia welcomes everyone--no exceptions.
Zen is about an active life, an involved life. When we know our minds well and the emotions that our thinking creates, we tend to see better what our lives are about and what needs to be done,
which is generally just the next task under our nose. Zen is about a life of action, not a life of passively doing nothing. But our action must be based in reality.
Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen
Our next sesshin will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017. We will not have regular morning sitting on Sunday, March 26, 2017. For more information, visit the Schedule page. Click here for the sesshin registration form.
Free Meditation Training
Pat George of the Zen Center of Philadelphia will lead sitting meditation inside the Bartram House at Bartram's Garden on April 2, 2017. Click here to view more information and to register.
Diamond Sutra Study and Discussion Group
This group will meet Sunday afternoons after the usual morning program. Group members will take turns bringing lunch snacks for all. The meeting dates are:
February 12, 2017
March 5, 2017
April 9, 2017
There will be a dana collection at each meeting to cover the costs of the group. Everyone is required to buy a translation of the Diamond Sutra (about $15.00). We are not specifying which translation as it will be interesting to compare different versions as we go. There is minimal outside required reading as the Diamond Sutra is quite short.
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