Bo Kwang Zen Center is a Buddhist community dedicated to cultivating compassion and wisdom through traditional Korean Ganhwa Zen teachings.  This is true Zen practice as it has been passed down and practiced for centuries made accessible to a western mindset by a western fully ordained monk (bhikkhu) with over 17 years experience in Zen practice.

It is extremely important when starting a zen practice or those with an established practice that you have proper guidance.  Zen is a tradition where teacher and student work together for the students “awakening”.  Finding a teacher that can guide your practice is of the utmost importance.

Korean Ganhwa Zen is unique in that it has retained much of the essence of the original Zen of China: Chinese Chan. It’s use of the koan or “Hwadu” is unlike that of Japanese Zen koan practice and is relatively unknown in the West.

Each and every one of us are endowed with the seeds of Buddha-Nature (“Enlightenment”).  It is only because of our conditioned way of thinking, and our attachment to our own delusion that we are not able to see what we already have.  Zen practice is the way to care for those seeds allowing them to sprout, grow, and flower.  By having this realization of our Buddha-Nature we erode our negative habits allowing us to respond more openly in our everyday lives, which develops a sense of universal friendliness, and shows us the interdependence of all existence.

Zen is the most efficient path to waking up to your true nature (enlightenment).  Although the  it does not mean the easiest.  Real Zen practice takes great courage and determination.

We welcome all persons to participate in our services, classes, and events regardless of the faith tradition, or absence of one, they carry with them. The core values of Buddhism and the spiritual practice of meditation are conducive to enhancing any other spiritual tradition and its practices. Generally speaking, those unfamiliar with Buddhist practices or have never been to our center should plan on attending a Sunday morning service first.


When attending a service, we recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that don’t bind in the thighs or knees.

Please bring or wear socks when in the temple. No outside food or drink is allowed in the center. Do not park on Wanda Ave. you may park on Federer.

We are located in a residential neighborhood in a two story brick home. The meditation hall is located directly behind the abbey (house).  Their will be a sign inside of the side gate letting you know you are in the right place (please make sure the side gate is closed behind you), and directing you to the meditation hall located in back.  We have many pictures on meetup,facebook and on our website so you may familarize yourself with where we are and what the abbey looks like from the street.  If you have any questions or need directions please feel free to email, text, or call.

Phone: 314-420-0961

Email: bokwangzen@gmail.com

More information and pictures of our abbey and meditation hall can be found at:

www.bkzc.org

www.facebook.com/Bokwangzen

 

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Bo Kwang Zen Center

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  • December 21 · 10:00 AM

    Sunday Public meditation service

    3 Sangha

    We will start with Yebul Moon followed the Heart Sutra in english. We will then sit in meditation for a 30 minute session followed by a talk/discussion. Donation: $5 If... Learn more
  • December 17 · 7:00 PM

    Public Zen Meditation

    2 Sangha

    We begin with the Evening Bell Chant followed by Yebul Moon (in Korean) and the Heart Sutra (English).  We will sit for 30 minutes.  After the sittings we will have a 15... Learn more
  • December 14 · 10:00 AM

    Sunday Public meditation service

    5 Sangha

    We will start with Yebul Moon followed the Heart Sutra in english.  We will then sit in meditation for a 30 minute session followed by a talk/discussion. Donation: $5 If... Learn more
  • December 10 · 7:00 PM

    Public Zen Meditation

    3 Sangha

    We begin with the Evening Bell Chant followed by Yebul Moon (in Korean) and the Heart Sutra (English).  We will sit for 30 minutes.  After the sittings we will have a 15... Learn more
  • December 7 · 10:00 AM

    Sunday Public meditation service

    2 Sangha

    We will start with Yebul Moon followed the Heart Sutra in english.  We will then sit in meditation for a 30 minute session followed by a talk/discussion. Donation: $5 If... Learn more
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