What we're about
We are an established group that combines the intuitive zazen practice of Soto Zen alongside an exploration of what koan practice has to offer from the Rinzai side. This not for profit group was established by Debra Seido Martin and Karen Aido Waskow about 4 years ago with the intention of fostering an intimate setting for people who are interested in exploring the wisdom and compassion available to us through Zen practice. The forms we use are adapted to a Western context so hopefully not too esoteric or difficult to master even for those who are just starting out.
Each of us is engaged in a therapeutic practice in our work lives as well as organic farming, volunteering in a medium security men's prison teaching meditation, hospice volunteer work, and founding and facilitating Death Cafes in the Eugene/Springfield area.
There are no dues or fees beyond voluntary contributions to help offset expenses. All are welcome here no matter your religious affiliation, prior experience with meditation and Zen practice or lack of such experience.