MissionZen Garland is founded on the wellspring of wisdom and compassion: we care for all creation because it is our Self.
Zen Garland is created to help fulfill our vows to awaken all creation, and Roshi Genki's vows to transmit enlightenment and Zen Garland's mission mind-to-mind to successors.
Zen Garland is committed to the spiritual transformation of individuals, families and communities. Zen Garland offers deep contemplative practice, a strong curriculum of classes and experiential opportunities for spiritual development, and direct engagement in projects for social justice.
Our training place is the world and daily life, not a refuge from it. Our approach is to practice with all aspects of our lives, including the complex dimensions of our emotions, sexuality, relationships and work.
PracticeOur welcoming community provides daily meditation, liturgy and retreats, and manages the Community Study Center & Seminary.
Zen Garland has a General Path that serves as a foundation for spiritual development uniting us all. This Path offers a holistic, phased approach to spiritual development in the following areas: Zen Meditation, Spiritual Guidance with Zen Garland Teachers, Ethics, Social Justice and Social Service, Embodiment, Character Development, and study of Zen Buddhist and other spiritual sources and commentaries.
In addition we offer four advanced Practice Paths – Zen Buddhism, Christian Zen, Native American Zen and Aikido Zen. Each of these Paths offer unique Expressions for Spiritual Development, Teaching and Ordination.
We also offer certification tracks in Pastoral Counseling, Tara Care: Buddhist Hospice Training and Chaplaincy.
Residential ProgramWould you like to be part of our community and live and practice at the Sanctuary, while you pursue your career? Practitioners can come to live at Zen Garland for extended periods of practice. They can come as a full-time Residential Trainee, or take a job to earn income and practice with us as a Residential Member. We do not at this time have work-study positions available.
Zen Garland maintains intensive study and practice throughout the year, seven days a week, with multiple daily Zen meditation periods, daily liturgy, and classes. Residential Trainees and Members have private, personal study with all our lineage-holding teachers and an intensive training schedule, which includes the elements of our holistic model of spiritual development.
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For more information or registration, email the office or call 845-547-2004.