Welcome to the Beginner's Mind Zen Center Meetup!

BMZC is an established community of Zen practitioners. We have an active and engaged community of members, and a daily program of events and activities. VISIT OUR WEB SITE for complete information, tips on meditating, audio files of dharma talks, etc.

Meetup RSVPs do not always reflect the full attendance at our events, which is always higher. In their practice with BMZC, regular attendees routinely show up and don't always RSVP... and not all our members participate in Meetup. :)

 

About BMZC ...

Beginner's Mind Zen Center is a neighborhood zendo in a quiet residential area near California State University at Northridge. It was established in 2003, and offers lay practitioners and interested individuals a daily program of meditation in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition as transmitted by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. All are welcome to practice zen meditation at Beginner's Mind. No membership is required to participate. Activities include daily zazen and services, reading and discussion of key Buddhist texts, intensive pactice periods (sesshins) led by experienced teachers of Soto Zen Buddhism. The center also offers public talks by visiting Buddhist scholars and teachers from other Soto Zen centers.


Teachers at Beginner's Mind

Peter and Jane Schneider were early students of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi in the sixties. Both served as Suzuki-roshi's jisha (personal attendant) in the early years of the Tassajara Zen Mounain Center. Peter and Jane also assisted in transcription of his dharma talks for later publication. Following Suzuki-roshi's death, they accepted scholarships from the San Francisco Zen Center to study Buddhism in Japan. Peter and Jane lived and studied in Japan from 1973 to 1995. They founded the Beginner's Mind Zen Center (originally the Northridge Zen Center) in 2003. Peter and Jane are members of the American Zen Teacher's Association and the Soto Zen Buddhist Association.

Yozen Peter Schneider first studied with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi in 1962 and returned to continue in 1967. He served as the second director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, as well as president of the San Francisco Zen Center. Peter received priest ordination from Suzuki-roshi in 1970. In 2002 he received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman-roshi of the Berkeley Zen Center.

Myokaku Jane Schneider studied with Shunryu Suzuki-roshi from 1967 until his death in 1971. She served as secretary for the San Francisco Zen Center. In 1973 Jane received priest ordination from Zentatsu Richard Baker-roshi. In September, 2008, she received dharma transmission from Myoan Grace Schireson, abbess of Empty Nest Zendo, a dharma heir in the Suzuki-roshi tradition.

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Wondering where to begin? Try one of our Sat. AM meditation instruction sessions.

Recent Meetups

  • Yesterday · 6:30 AM

    Wed. AM Zazen (Meditation) + Service

    3 Beginners

    Meetup every Wednesday from 6:30am - 7:30am for meditation practice. The practice includes one 40-minute meditation session and a brief Buddhist service.
  • 2 days ago · 7:00 PM

    Tues. PM Zazen (Meditation)

    8 Beginners | 5.00 5.003

    Meetup every Tuesday evening for 40-minute meditation practice. The meditation starts promptly at 7:00pm, so please plan to show up a few minutes early. Please note: If... Learn more
  • 2 days ago · 6:30 AM

    Tues. AM Zazen (Meditation) + Service

    3 Beginners | 5.00 5.001

    Meetup every Tuesday from 6:30am - 7:30am for meditation practice. The practice includes one 40-minute meditation session and a brief Buddhist service.
  • 3 days ago · 6:30 AM

    Mon. AM Zazen (Meditation) + Service

    2 Beginners

    Meetup every Monday from 6:30am - 7:30am for meditation practice. The practice includes one 40-minute meditation session and a brief Buddhist service.
  • 5 days ago · 8:00 AM

    1-day Zazenaki (Meditation Retreat)

    18 Beginners | 5.00 5.004

    This meet-up is for a 1-day  Zazenkai retreat. Join us for a full day of zazen (sitting) and kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma talks, a brief Buddhist service and... Learn more
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