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Welcome to the Great Cloud Sangha (Jacksonville Soto Zen Meditation Group, Inc.)

Soto Zen is one of two schools of Zen Buddhism. Our focus is on silent sitting meditation called zazen. We sit for periods of 20-25 minutes with interludes of kinhin (walking meditation) between. Please join us, whether you are exploring mindfulness or simply curious. Our group includes a few members who have practiced Zen for 2, 3 and even 4 decades, as well as beginners. Zen is compatible with faith based religions and other spiritual practices. It isn't mystical. Using pure consciousness, through meditation, we open to the essence of reality. Occasionally, we have ceremonial rituals to celebrate our 2600 year old tradition, but it is not worship. Buddha is a title given those who are awakened or enlightened as was Siddhartha Gautama, whose teachings we follow to gain insight into ourselves and this realm we call life.

If you're interested in our tradition, we are an affiliate of Mokurai - Silent Thunder Order led by Taiun Elliston-Roshi of Matsuoka-Roshi's lineage. Read about it at STO Origin and Lineage.

Our Zendo is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville. It is located on Arlington Exwy. You must use Arlington or Arlingwood exit to access the North Service Rd. (see Location Map.PDF) The church is shrouded by the oak trees and hardly visible from the street.
Meetings take place in the Fletcher room located in the south wing to the left of the church entrance in the last room. Signs will be posted pointing the way.

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Jacksonville Soto Zen Meditation Group, Inc. is a Florida Not For Profit Religious Corporation. You can help support us by finding us at on both Zelle and PayPal.

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