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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) 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 Siddharta Gautama, whose teachings we follow to gain insight into ourselves and this realm we call life.

Our Zendo is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville. We meet in the "Susan B. Anthony" room (signs are posted). It is located on Arlington Exwy. You must use Arlington or Arlingwood exit to access the North Service Rd. (see Location Map.PDF (http://files.meetup.com/10811862/UUCJ%20location%20map.pdf)) The church is shrouded by the oak trees and hardly visible from the street.

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 (http://storder.org/index.php/homepage/origin).

Jacksonville Soto Zen Meditation Group, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c3) organization.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Zazen meditation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville

Zazen begins at 1:30 pm in the Anthony room. There are 3 sessions for 25 mins each with short walks in-between. Saturday is "open" sitting, so you may come & go at your discretion. There will be no chant or discussion on Sat. For future programs check our calendar or contact organizer before coming since it is possible that the church location will not be available. Watch this site and email notices for deviations. Newcomers, please try to arrive an hour early to meet with Bill Mayhew for orientation. Otherwise, message him in advance, but do join us regardless. _()_ Directions to the zendo (https://www.meetup.com/Jacksonville-Soto-Zen-Meditation-Group/pages/20783841/Directions_to_Zendo_location/)

Zazen meditation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville

We begin at 7 pm in the Anthony Room opening with chanting the Heart of Wisdom sutra followed by two 20 minute periods of Zazen (sitting) with an interlude of Kinhin (walking) between. You're welcome to come early if you want to talk about Soto Zen or sit - someone is there an hour beforehand. There's a optional discussion following Zazen from 8:00-8:30 if you're interested. _()_ Directions to the zendo (https://www.meetup.com/Jacksonville-Soto-Zen-Meditation-Group/pages/20783841/Directions_to_Zendo_location/) Note: not all participants RSVP on Meetup. More of our group are in attendance than appear here.

Zazen meditation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville

Zazen begins at 1:30 pm in the Anthony room. There are 3 sessions for 25 mins each with short walks in-between. Saturday is "open" sitting, so you may come & go at your discretion. There will be no chant or discussion on Sat. For future programs check our calendar or contact organizer before coming since it is possible that the church location will not be available. Watch this site and email notices for deviations. Newcomers, please try to arrive an hour early to meet with Bill Mayhew for orientation. Otherwise, message him in advance, but do join us regardless. _()_ Directions to the zendo (https://www.meetup.com/Jacksonville-Soto-Zen-Meditation-Group/pages/20783841/Directions_to_Zendo_location/)

Zazen meditation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville

We begin at 7 pm in the Anthony Room opening with chanting the Heart of Wisdom sutra followed by two 20 minute periods of Zazen (sitting) with an interlude of Kinhin (walking) between. You're welcome to come early if you want to talk about Soto Zen or sit - someone is there an hour beforehand. There's a optional discussion following Zazen from 8:00-8:30 if you're interested. _()_ Directions to the zendo (https://www.meetup.com/Jacksonville-Soto-Zen-Meditation-Group/pages/20783841/Directions_to_Zendo_location/) Note: not all participants RSVP on Meetup. More of our group are in attendance than appear here.

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Zazen meditation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville

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