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 its approach. OZS does not claim to belong to any lineage, nor does it claim not to belong to any lineage. 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.

When:

Join us on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for Group Zen Meditation.
See the calendar on the website ( https://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.

Address: 4690 Fruitville Road Sarasota FL. 34232

Upcoming events (5)

OZS Meditation on Siesta Key Beach

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Every Saturday Morning from 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM Join Abbot Will Rauschenberger of Ordinary Zen Sangha for Zen Meditation Practice on Siesta Key Beach Saturday mornings (weather permitting). Meditating in nature is ideal and we will have the beach mostly to ourselves this early in the morning. This is a wonderful opportunity to meditate together in a safe and beautiful environment (we will practice social distancing, by keeping 8 feet apart). No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Please bring your own cushion or mat and arrive early enough to be seated at 7:00 AM. Our session begins with a short introductory talk at 7:00 AM. Our meditation will last for 30 minutes and end by 7:45 AM. Ordinary Zen enables us to directly experience the essential wisdom teachings of the Buddha through the timeless, ageless practice of what is called Zen, Chan, or Seon. The Ordinary Zen Sangha (OZS) is committed to bringing the benefits of this wisdom practice into our ordinary lives, just as they are, in this place and time. This is a free event, however, donations are gratefully accepted.

Wednesday Evening Online Practice Session

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OZS is offering Sunday morning & Wednesday Evening online Practice Sessions using Zoom meetings. Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm. We chant the Heart Sutra, have 30-minute sitting meditation, followed by a Dharma talk and discussion. Zoom allows us to have the OZS experience from our own devices in our own isolated hermit lodgings. Simply RSVP and register. When you join the Zoom Practice Session, please keep your video off and your audio muted until the Dharma talk is finished and you are invited to share your thoughts and questions. Please visit our website for meditation instructions: https://ordinaryzensangha.org/how-to-sit-for-zazen/ Get a copy of the Heart Sutra here: https://ordinaryzensangha.org/the-heart-sutra/ We are a secular non-affiliated (http://ordinaryzensangha.org/) Zen Group practicing meditation (zazen). No experience is necessary and all are welcome. A voluntary donation will help defray our costs and is gratefully accepted. See the calendar on the website for any cancellations or changes to the schedule.

OZS Meditation on Siesta Key Beach

7C7X+QQ

Every Saturday Morning from 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM Join Abbot Will Rauschenberger of Ordinary Zen Sangha for Zen Meditation Practice on Siesta Key Beach Saturday mornings (weather permitting). Meditating in nature is ideal and we will have the beach mostly to ourselves this early in the morning. This is a wonderful opportunity to meditate together in a safe and beautiful environment (we will practice social distancing, by keeping 8 feet apart). No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Please bring your own cushion or mat and arrive early enough to be seated at 7:00 AM. Our session begins with a short introductory talk at 7:00 AM. Our meditation will last for 30 minutes and end by 7:45 AM. Ordinary Zen enables us to directly experience the essential wisdom teachings of the Buddha through the timeless, ageless practice of what is called Zen, Chan, or Seon. The Ordinary Zen Sangha (OZS) is committed to bringing the benefits of this wisdom practice into our ordinary lives, just as they are, in this place and time. This is a free event, however, donations are gratefully accepted.

Wednesday Evening Online Practice Session

Online event

OZS is offering Sunday morning & Wednesday Evening online Practice Sessions using Zoom meetings. Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm. We chant the Heart Sutra, have 30-minute sitting meditation, followed by a Dharma talk and discussion. Zoom allows us to have the OZS experience from our own devices in our own isolated hermit lodgings. Simply RSVP and register. When you join the Zoom Practice Session, please keep your video off and your audio muted until the Dharma talk is finished and you are invited to share your thoughts and questions. Please visit our website for meditation instructions: https://ordinaryzensangha.org/how-to-sit-for-zazen/ Get a copy of the Heart Sutra here: https://ordinaryzensangha.org/the-heart-sutra/ We are a secular non-affiliated (http://ordinaryzensangha.org/) Zen Group practicing meditation (zazen). No experience is necessary and all are welcome. A voluntary donation will help defray our costs and is gratefully accepted. See the calendar on the website for any cancellations or changes to the schedule.

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