Ancient Oaks Temple (Kooku-ji)

Savannah, GA

The Zen Garland Community of Georgia

Ancient Oaks Temple: the Zen Garland Community of Georgia, is the Zen training residence of Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn and Roshi Paul Genki Kahn, co-founders of the Zen Garland Order for Zen Practice, Education, Healing and Service.

We offer in-person and online individual guidance (Dokusan), Zen training sessions and Dharma Talks (Teisho), retreats (Sesshin), and classes and workshops. Our practice centers in the USA and Europe offer safe, nurturant and welcoming environments for our holistic approach to sharing Zen as a way of life. Our Core Practices include various forms of Zen meditation, a relationship with a Zen Teacher, emotional transformation through Zen Focusing, koan and Buddhist text study, embodiment practices, restoring our relationship to the natural world, liturgy and service to others.

Roshi Genki is the Spiritual Director of the Zen Garland Order. Genmitsu and Genki are on the Board of Directors of The Zen Garland Order and members of the Teachers’ Circle. The Zen Garland Order is a cooperative affiliation of lineage-holding Zen Teachers who hold in common an ethical code, training paths and curricula, and standards for empowerments.

Zen is about how we live and conduct our lives. Zen as a way of being addresses the tasks, motivations, emotions and actions that moment by moment make up our daily lives — work, play, relationships, community, responsibilities, ethical and political commitments.

Personal development in Zen practice trains us to be calm and effective even in the midst of stressful circumstances. The practice sharpens our ability to concentrate and focus, both to let go and to take a firm hold. Zen offers salvation from fear of death, encourages health in body, mind and spirit, and liberates us to live extraordinarily in the ordinary.

The path we teach is intimacy with our very particular body-environment interactive moment. Zen is about realizing our humanity as ecologically embedded in the world. This perspective as a way of being develops through training, insights and effortful commitment to  activating our faculties and potentials. Through practice we gain a psychological flexibility and ability to shift boundaries that allows us infinite self-experiences from an ethical core identity. This the Practice of Presence and Shape-Shifting, finding our being, not as a separate entity among objects, but as the co-creative, inter-affecting and interrelating immanence of each moment. We call this Reclaiming the World: allowing our experience to be the ground of meaning, action and fulfillment.

We do not divide secular from sacred. Life itself is the training hall and the universe of enlightenment. In the immersive sacred moment that has no beginning or end, we are bounded and unbounded, mutual in shared nature and unique, influenced and influencing, a node of consciousness and responsibility, and an expression of the whole.

Zen Garland Sangha Contribution

All of our work is made possible through the gifts and financial contributions of our supporters. If you appreciate the content we share online, feel inspired to support our ongoing programs, or are simply moved by our mission as a part of the socially engaged Buddhist movement, please consider setting up a monthly donation or making a one-time gift of any amount.

The work at our centers worldwide supports practical projects to:

  • Help marginalized people and assuage the ecological crisis
  • Support those hungering for an intimate and meaningful connection to themselves, their families and friends, their communities, and their work.
  • Support programming across age groups and public/private settings that develop concentration, BodyMind integration, or to expand a sense of unity
  • Provide access to spiritual development for those looking to find salvation, healing and liberation

The Zen Garland Order is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible in the US.

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Ancient Oaks Temple

18 East 61st Street
Savannah, GA 31405

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