two rivers zendo • ordinary mind school
Zen Center of Philadelphia is meant for ordinary people who wish to learn meditation in the midst of their everyday lives of work, study, and relationship.
Through zazen, interview with the teacher, and monthly day-long sittings, you can study with like-minded people to open your awareness and heart.
Instruction is given to first-time visitors.
Zen is about an active life, an involved life.
When we know our minds well
and the emotions that our thinking creates,
we tend to see better what our lives are about
and what needs to be done,
which is generally just the next task under our nose.
Zen is about a life of action,
not a life of passively doing nothing.
But our action must be based in reality.
Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen
The Zen Center of Philadelphia announced its first Dharma Successor in a brief ceremony on October 5, 2014. Bob Koller, who has studied Zen for many years and is a Buddhist chaplain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, will receive dharma transmission formally on November 16, 2014, at Garrison, NY.
On the same day three students received jukai, the moral and ethical teachings of Buddhism, in a formal ceremony. These students, Peter Nichols, Bob Paulson, and Lawrence Souder, are now acknowledged as senior students of the Zen Center of Philadelphia.
Read Barry Magid's article on
meditation practice, "You Can’t Do It Wrong,"in the spring edition of Buddhadharma Magazine
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