Anyone who desires to progress in body, mind, or spirit may attend the Zen center. We welcome everyone to begin their exploration of "discovering one's true self nature" by attending the Sarasota Zen Center.
Newcomers & Visitors
We strive for "Beginner's Mind." No matter how long or short your practice of Zen, we treat each period of seated (called zazen) and walking (called kinhin) meditation as if it were our "first taste". We focus our attention on the disposition of body, breath, and mind. At the end of the meditation, participants are given an opportunity to introduce themselves, talk about their interest in Zen and ask any questions they may have. Attendees often find new meaning in hearing the instructions offered.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who desires to progress in mind, body, and spirit may benefit by attending the Zen center. Among attendants have been practitioners of Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and secular ethical philosophies, as well as other Buddhists. The only requirements are a sincere purpose and a clean body.
Application To Life
Many people have inquired about the life that a Zen person should lead. As you grow in Zen, you will find that you no longer have to think about how to act, or how to live, because the life of Zen will have matured in you, and your actions will be in complete harmony with your inner spirit.
When coming to the Zen Center:
- Arrive at the Zen Center 5 to 10minutes ahead of time.
- Please remove shoes outside of the meditation hall (Zendo).
- Wear loose clean clothing and clean socks. Clean body too. Little or no perfume is best.
- Please enter to the Zendo (meditation hall) quietly.
- If you must leave for any reason during a meditation session please do so quietly. Please do not enter the Zendo when a meditation has already begun.
- You may re-enter the Zendo at a break or at the beginning of a new meditation session.