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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 Seven Core Practices.

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

~ Roshi Paul Genki Kahn

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Courses & Workshops

Beginning January 29

Zen Focusing Course

Zen Focusing is one of the seven Core Practices, as valued as Zen meditation practices and study with a Zen Teacher. This 7-week, Saturday morning course, led by Roshis Genki and Genmitsu, includes Zoom discussions and work outside of class that will help you build your Zen Focusing skills.
February 14

Intro to the Use of Personal Pronouns

Roshi Ma leads you in this free discussion on building respect in all relationships by understanding how to use personal pronouns when addressing others or oneself.
February 18 & 25

Finding Our Original Shape – The Meaning of Spirituality Through Womanhood

Join Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn and Sensei Trish Baishin Johnson for this two-session course on creating a spiritual practice and path for female practitioners.
March 14, 21 & 28

ECO-Dharma: Wake Up-Save Yourself, Save Your Planet!

Roshi Kisho shows you how to leverage your Zen practice in a way that supports radical transformation of ecological values and consciousness and brings about a more compassionate, life-affirming, and sustainable future.
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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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