What we're about
Mission: To provide a supportive environment in which one can directly experience the essential wisdom teachings of the Buddha through the timeless, ageless practice of what is called Zen, Chan or Seon. OZS is committed to bringing the benefits of this wisdom practice into our ordinary lives, just as they are, in this place and time.
Affiliation: OZS is secular and unaffiliated in it’s approach. OZS does not claim to belong to any linage, nor does it claim not to belong to any linage. We treasure and respect the true Dharma (teachings) passed down through the ages from teacher to student. This wisdom is not subject to circumstances and conditions or the culture of any time or place. It is always available through the gate-less gate of our own minds. The Chan from China, the Zen from Japan, and the Seon from Korea, all have at their root the guiding wisdom of Buddha’s Enlightenment.
Primary Activity: We are a practice center, meaning we encourage a direct experience of the illuminating wisdom that makes it possible for us to know our own minds and awaken to our original nature. Our primary practice is the “method of no method,” which can be called zazen; just sitting, meditation, or silent illumination. It is said that when you can understand your “self,” you can resolve your “self.” This innate wisdom frees us from our afflictions, misery and pain. The practice is as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago. Through our practice we become more productive, clear, compassionate beings, living life fully, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. This, in turn, helps us personally, as well as countless others.
Support: OZS is supported and funded through the generosity of its members.
Inclusiveness: OZS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
Join us each Sunday evening in downtown Sarasota for Group Zen Meditation.
See the calendar on the website ( http://ordinaryzensangha.org/ ) for any cancellations or changes to the schedule. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. A donation is not required to participate, however a voluntary donation (suggested $5.00) will help defray our costs. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing. We have some cushions (zafus) and chairs, however if you have your own zafu, we encourage you to bring your own. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early if you need instruction.
How it works: The doors open at 5:30pm and the practice session begins promptly at 6:00pm with the chanting of the Heart Sutra. We then sit in zazen for twenty minutes, do a walking meditation for five minutes, and another twenty minutes of sitting in zazen. After the last sitting, we serve tea and have a brief discussion related to our practice. We usually finish up by 7:30pm.
Practice Address: Integrated Healing Arts, 1718 Main Street #310 (Iberia Bank Bldg-enter in the back)