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Intro to Zen
At it’s heart Zen is learning to cultivate moment to moment awareness. It brings together both an approach to life and a series of practices. It is best developed in a community of other Zen students with the advice and support of an experienced Zen teacher – that is what Zen Open Circle is about. We offer two ways for new members or interested seekers to learn more about our approach: our Beginning Zen courses, held several times a year, and this series of introductory pages. Or come along to one of our regular events – new comers are always very welcome.
Beginning Zen Online
“Zen is dedicated not to clearing up the mystery, but to making the mystery clear.” – Robert Aitken Roshi
“There’s a long, long tradition in each Zen ritual. In the rituals, time becomes thicker.” – Zoketsu Norman Fischer
“Zen meditation is done not by directing yourself towards something special but by subtly abandoning anything that resists the simplicity of just being, just sitting, just breathing.” – Roshi Susan Murphy
“Koan work is a game that does not involve so much moves of the mind as radical removes of the mind. It involves taking away elements we’ve grown to rely on.” – Roshi Susan Murphy