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Meditation & Soto Zen service
Please join Rev. Kalen McAllister every Sunday at 10AM for meditation followed by traditional Soto Zen service including chanting the Heart Sutra ( & a Dharma talk. The sutra can be read here (

Centenary United Methodist Church

1610 Olive Street · St. Louis, MO

What we're about

Join us for meditation, talks and discussions. These services, while informal and meant for beginning and advanced practitioners alike, trace their structure and format back to the founder of the Soto Zen School of Buddhism, Master Dogen Zenji. Thursdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sitting meditation for 40 minutes followed an informal dharma talk and discussion conducted by Rev. Kalen McAllister (, founder of Shinzo and chaplain at Farmington Correctional Center. Saturdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (includes vegetarian lunch) Sitting meditation, with brief instructions, followed by a dharma talk, discussion, and vegetarian lunch. This session is conducted by Will Holcomb (, (Genro) who has been a Zen practitioner for over fifteen years. Shinzo Zen Meditation Center ( was formed in 2005 and moved into its current location in 2008. As part of its efforts to apply the Zen teachings of wisdom and compassion to daily life, Shinzo Zen Meditation Center ( is sponsored by Inside Dharma ( Inside Dharma ( is a non-profit, non-denominational Buddhist organization. Outreach programs ( are dedicated to offering information, support and encouragement to incarcerated and recently released individuals in a manner consistent with Buddhist principles. Inside Dharma ( --supplies Volunteers in Corrections to Missouri prisons where meditation is taught, in addition to introducing dharma teachings to inmates. --sends reading and practice materials and the Inside Dharma ( Newsletter to inmates. The newsletter is mailed to nearly 700 inmates every two months. --provides recently released ex-offenders referrals to useful agencies and opportunities through the Start Here Project. Cell phones, clothing, bicycles, and other needed items are provided to people who are released to St. Louis after incarceration. --Inside Dharma ( also engages in special projects ( serving the homeless community, which includes many ex-offenders.

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