Something New At The Center!
Beginning on Sunday, May 7, a new evening program - "Intro To Zen: History and Practice" - will be offered at the Center. A brief discussion of Zen history, our practice and our lineage, as well as a tour of the Center, will be followed by a period of zazen (zen meditation). The program is scheduled 7-8 pm. and newcomers are especially welcome. Those with established practices may access the zendo for self-directed sitting during that time. As with all CWZC programs, there is no charge (although donations are welcome) and reservations are not required.
Zen, the Essential Practice
The 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.
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 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.
More About Us...
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 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.