All Day Sitting - August 20, 2016, 8:00 AM
On Saturday, August 20, 2016 beginning at 8:00 AM we will have our next All Day Sitting. Please let Ken at email@example.com know if you are interested in joining us so that he can plan the day.
Weekend With Roshi Lawson Sachter - September 16, 17 & 18, 2016
Our teacher, Roshi Lawson Sachter, will be with us in September for the weekend of the 17th and we will have sittings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of that weekend. View the schedule for the weekend by clicking here . Please let Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are interested in joining us so that he can plan the day.
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.