Zen Buddhism: Meditation & Discussion - In-Person & via YouTube

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Dharma Bum Temple, 4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

We gather in-person as a community to meditate in silence then listen to a brief talk on Zen teachings. There will be time for questions and discussion and we will close with a transfer of merit. We will explore how to apply Zen in our everyday activities and cultivate our awakened mind in modern daily life. We study how to transform our suffering and see the world with a compassionate heart, while realizing the true oneness of one’s life.

The Sixth Ancestor Hui-Neng (638-718), described seated zazen as follows: Externally, to be free of all hindrances and undisturbed in mind regarding any circumstances whether good or bad is called “sitting” (za); internally, to contemplate the immutability of your own Original Nature is called “meditation” (zen).

“The idea of Zen is to catch life as it flows. There is nothing extraordinary or mysterious about Zen. I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of the desk; I hear the children playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighboring wood: — in all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen. No wordy discussions are necessary, nor any explanation. I do not know why — and there is no need of explaining, but when the sun rises the whole world dances with joy and everybody’s heart is filled with bliss. If Zen is at all conceivable, it must be taken hold of here.”- D.T. Suzuki

We will also stream live on our YouTube channel, so check it out and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/thedharmabumtemple