What we're about

The Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha consists of people from all walks of life and various religious backgrounds who come together regularly to support and strengthen one another in their Zen practice. Our common purpose is to cultivate wisdom and compassion. ZCB is affiliated with the White Plum Asanga and a member of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha. Joint practice days are often held with the Red Rose Sangha of Lancaster, PA.

We welcome experienced Zen students and those who wish to explore Zen practice. Zen does not conflict with any religious creed nor suppose belief in any particular doctrine. A contemplative tradition similar in spirit to Zen meditation is a component of most major religions. No matter how long we have been doing zazen (sitting meditation), we recognize ourselves as beginners with a beginner's mind.

Visit the Clare Sangha website for more detailed information about our group, lineage and practices: www.zcbclaresangha.org

Upcoming events (5+)

Sunday Evening Zen Practice

Church of the Nativity

Sunday Evening Zen Practice Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter 419 Cedarcroft Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Newcomers and seasoned Zen practitioners alike are always welcome. If you are new to Zen practice, the Sunday group is a great way to give it a try*. One of our teachers or senior students will be happy to show you the basics of seated mediation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and zendo etiquette. We generally follow the same schedule: 6:45-6:55pm: Set up 6:55: Take your seat 7:00-7:25pm: zazen (seated meditation) *Orientation to Zen Practice will be available during the first period of zazen 7:25-7:30pm: kinhin (walking meditation) 7:30-7:55pm: zazen 7:55-8:00pm: kinhin 8:00-8:25pm: zazen Cost: The dharma is given freely, but donations to cover costs are welcome if you'd like to help; suggested donation is $5. **We have a limited number of meditation cushions available. Please bring your own cushion(s) if you have one. Chairs are also available. ***Please use the parking lot at the south side of the church. You will see a ramp going into the church right next to the parking lot. We will be meeting in the Sanctuary, which is just to the right when you enter the church. Questions? Feel free to contact Andy Santanello: [masked]

Weeknight Zen Practice Meeting

1710 Dulaney Valley Rd

Weeknight Practice Meetings: Weeknight meetings are usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm to 8pm at TUUC. They provide an introduction o Zen and the study of beginner’s mind, with the aim of helping newcomers establish a personal meditation and awareness practice. The meetings are an opportunity to train with senior students /meditation mentors and to prepare for the deepening practice of zazenkais and sesshins.

Sunday Evening Zen Practice

Church of the Nativity

Sunday Evening Zen Practice Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter 419 Cedarcroft Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Newcomers and seasoned Zen practitioners alike are always welcome. If you are new to Zen practice, the Sunday group is a great way to give it a try*. One of our teachers or senior students will be happy to show you the basics of seated mediation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), and zendo etiquette. We generally follow the same schedule: 6:45-6:55pm: Set up 6:55: Take your seat 7:00-7:25pm: zazen (seated meditation) *Orientation to Zen Practice will be available during the first period of zazen 7:25-7:30pm: kinhin (walking meditation) 7:30-7:55pm: zazen 7:55-8:00pm: kinhin 8:00-8:25pm: zazen Cost: The dharma is given freely, but donations to cover costs are welcome if you'd like to help; suggested donation is $5. **We have a limited number of meditation cushions available. Please bring your own cushion(s) if you have one. Chairs are also available. ***Please use the parking lot at the south side of the church. You will see a ramp going into the church right next to the parking lot. We will be meeting in the Sanctuary, which is just to the right when you enter the church. Questions? Feel free to contact Andy Santanello: [masked]

Zazenkai (Monthly Days of Silence)

1710 Dulaney Valley Rd

Monthly Days of Silence (Zazenkais): Zazenkais are usually on the second Saturday of the month at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church (TUUC). To accommodate out-of-towners, they run from 10am to 5pm, and consist of alternating periods of seated and walking meditation, dharma talk, optional interviews, coffee/tea and rest breaks, lunch, and spiritual circle. Beginning instruction is offered to newcomers, after which they may join in community practice until lunch, or for the rest of the day. Please bring a bag lunch. To register for a day of silence, send e-mail to [masked], or register in person on-site the day of the event. Please arrive by 9:45 to register in person.

Past events (13)

Zazenkai (Monthly Days of Silence)

1710 Dulaney Valley Rd

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