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ZEN GARLAND offers experienced teachers and a warm and welcoming community devoted to spiritual and human development focused on each practitioner’s engagement with their personal lives in the world. We welcome beginners, accomplished practitioners and Zen teachers to gather together with us in a holistic and creative approach to Zen and life that emerges from our realization: the direct experience that human nature is the very nature of all creation, a unitary multiverse of intimate interaction and interconnection.

We have Zen Garland communities located in the United States and Europe, each led by a dedicated and empowered Zen Garland teacher, who works individually with committed students on site and in distance-learning formats. Our teaching style is personal, addressing all aspects of a practitioner’s life with holistic, skill-based practices. The curriculum we offer in personal dialogues, classes, workshops, retreats and social action projects are carefully crafted and integrated, reflecting the venerable tradition of Zen complemented by modern psychology, science and philosophy.

We aspire to embody care and compassion for all creation because it is ourselves. The way we practice, the way we teach and the way we work together is expressed in the Zen Garland Vows and our Eight Core Practices.

“Awakening manifests in compassionate service and action for oneself, others and all creation.”

~ Roshi Paul Genki Kahn

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Zen Garland Courses & Workshops

For Women

Zen Focusing Online Course for Women

Course Dates: January 17, 24, 31 February 7,21, 28 (online on zoom)
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Central Time
Zen Focusing is a meditative way of awakening to, reintegrating and healing wounded and split-off parts of ourselves as well as experiencing our wholeness fully.

NEW! Beginning in January!

A Practitioner’s Pleasant Pilgrimage through Buddhist History, Philosophy & Practices

April 12-16

Zen Garland Order Spring Retreat – The Way of Practice as the Realization of Koan

Join the Zen Garland Order Community for a 5-day retreat nested in the natural beauty of Whitewater State Park.

January 14 - April 16

Zen Garland Order Spring Ango 2023 – The Way of Practice as the Realization of Koan

Join the Zen Garland Order Teacher's Team for an intensified period of individual and community practice.

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I vow to seek what is needed responsibly,
To share generously,
To work well with what I have,
And to take only what is freely given.
… from the Zen Garland Vows, Vow 7

The Zen Garland Order operates in the black. Our only debt is a deep debt of gratitude to the members and friends who donate so generously to support us, and who fill our programs, classes and retreats.

Membership is the most direct way a practitioner can help sustain our order. But membership and fees for our programs only cover our operating costs. Money to provide scholarships, stipends for our full time staff and expansion all must come from Dana, the spiritual giving by our friends and members.

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