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A Zen Buddhist Meditation Center for the Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Area Located in Clearwater, Pinellas, Florida

Season's Greetings!

Zen Buddhist Meditation Practice - Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Pinellas CountyDear Members and Friends, As this momentous year draws to its end, we want to thank you for your support - both financial and spiritual - of the Clear Water Zen Center. We feel we are going into 2018 stronger than ever. We recently renewed our lease with the Unitarian Universalists for two more years. Although our rent increased to $1,050 a month, we cannot complain: it is the first increase we have ever faced! We feel at home and are glad to have renewed the relationship. Also this year, Dr. Jeffrey George, president of the Center's board of directors, assumed an enhanced role, assisting our leader Ken Rosen in matters both pragmatic and spiritual. Jeff is a psychologist with Family Psychology Associates in Safety Harbor and a senior student of our Roshi Lawson Sachter at the Windhorse Zen Center near Asheville, North Carolina. All in all, a new energy and commitment seems to be filling the center and in large measure it is because of the energy and commitment you bring. We encourage all those who sit with us to become members and, if possible, to make a donation pledge. Financial support is deeply appreciated, whether it arrives online through PayPal or in the Dana box on the foyer table. We would especially like to invite you to join us on January 7 when an Open Board Meeting and Potluck Lunch will follow Zazen. We are eager to hear any ideas or insights you might have about the Center. We are grateful in every way for your generosity, your presence and - most importantly - your practice. Roshi Philip Kapleau (in whose tradition we practice) spoke of the "bodhisattvic energies" that were evident during Christmas in the wishing of "peace on Earth, good will toward men."

Enjoy the Holidays! Happy New Year!

The Board of Directors Clear Water Zen Center

Zen, the Essential Practice

Zen Buddhist Meditation Practice - Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Pinellas CountyThe Japanese word “Zen” derives from the Sanskrit term “dhyana”, which refers to non-dualistic, meditative absorption. Zazen, or silent Zen meditation, is the essential practice of Zen. By helping to free the mind of all thoughts and images, this practice allows our innate wisdom and compassion —our own “buddha-nature”—to come up to consciousness, so that we can awaken to it and actually live the wholeness and perfection that is our birthright.

The truth to which Zen points lies far beyond words and concepts; although the teachings of Buddhism are vast and deep, it is actual Dharma practice that brings about transformation. Zen practice challenges our most cherished assumptions and leads to direct experience of our own inherent freedom.

About Us

Clear Water Zen Buddhist sangha members from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Bradenton, Sarasota and throughout the Tampa Bay area Located in Clearwater, Florida, our sangha was founded in the 1980's by Ken Rosen. Our teacher, Sensei Lawson Sachter studied Zen Buddhism for many years under Roshi Philip Kapleau at the Rochester Zen Center. He and his wife Sunya Kjolhede, both Dharma heirs of Roshi Kapleau, co-direct Windhorse Zen Community, located near Asheville, North Carolina. Lawson visits and conducts meditation retreats at the Center in Clearwater several times a year.

The practice of our sangha follows the traditions and teachings of Roshi Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), whose book The Three Pillars of Zen was instrumental in introducing Zen Buddhism to the West.

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Our Schedule
The Clear Water Zen Center is open Sunday at 9:30 AM, for three 35-minute rounds of zazen meditation with a short period of walking meditation (kinhin) between each sitting. Please arrive at least a few minutes early, as we begin promptly at 9:30 AM.
If this is your first visit please come at least 15 minutes early so that we can show you around.

See our schedule for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday meditation, workshops, retreats and other events.

The zendo, or meditation room, is furnished with sitting cushions and chairs. Clothing should be comfortable, modest, and plain.

Everyone is welcome to stay after meditation for tea and an informal Sangha gathering.

Clear Water Zen Center

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