It is a fundamental tenet that you have already enlightenment nature and hence nothing needs to be fixed or added to you from the outside. We often do however, in our practice, get to realize that our life is beautiful and filled with joy. There is light even when we are in the dark or in pain. All things are temporary. Zen practice allows us to observe the stories we endlessly tell ourselves about how there is a problem with our life. Once we become aware of our stories, we can make new or other choices in our life.
Zen practice does not intentionally calm the mind, but brings often a nice side effect. Zazen (sitting meditation) is not necessarily calming to all people. Spirituality is not about what we believe, but what we encounter and the meaning we give to that experience. It is this personal experience that is the ground for transformation of consciousness.
Zen does not aim to prevent us from being sad, hurt or disappointed. It encourages us to open our mind and to see a way out of our mental prison in order to access greater joy and meaning of life. The aim is to not be numb, but to reach new awareness and bliss.
Zen is not a replacement for any religion. As a matter of fact, one can be of any spiritual path, religion or ideology and practice Zen meditation. Though it originated in Buddhism, Zen is not about just one spiritual path. You do not have to be a Buddhist to practice Zen.
Zen is not a replacement for professional therapeutic help either. Issues and other matters may come up during the course of Zen practice. We recommend that you make Zen part of your daily practice, as well as turn to other resources you may need or have.
What is a Koan?
Koans are teaching stories used in Zen tradition for stimulating and supporting awareness as well as awakening. They become the object of Zen study and meditation. They may unlock the mind leading to freedom from suffering or to transformation of consciousness. Koans cannot be resolved by logic or thinking.
What does it cost?
There is no fee to meditate at LotusZenTemple. We do however observe the tradition of giving (Dana), a free will offering for the temple upkeep.
If it’s my first time, what do I do?
Please click on the Meditation Training tab in the side menu of this web page. Then review the basics of Zen meditation. Once you are finished, please call us at the number given to receive details about temple location and meditation times.