Zazen, Zen Meditation, is the Center of our Practice and

Daily Life

"The Way is orginially perfect and all pervading. How could it be contingent upon practice and realization? The true vehicle is self-sufficient. What need is there for special effort?... And yet, if there is a hairs breadth deviation, it is like the gap between heaven and earth. "

Eihei Dogen Zenji

Founder of Soto Zen

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Director@olympiazencenter.org

We've recently changed our Covid Policy from mandatory masking to mask-optional. More information can be found here.

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More About Our Practice

Zen sitting, Zazen, is our most important matter. All of our actions begin with the spiritual practice of Zazen which is the deepest form of prayer. We also hold ceremonies in which we chant, voicing the Buddhadharma.

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The Zafu

The Zafu cushion is used to sit quietly in meditation, but we also offer benches and chairs. This makes it suitable for all ages and abilities to experience profound and restorative silence as we sit together.

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Zendo and Dharma Hall

The Zendo, or Dharma hall is our sacred place of practice. A statue of the Buddha reminds us of the virtues advocated in Zen practice and exemplified by the Buddha and our two founders Eihei Dogen Zenji and Keizan Jokin Zenji.

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Zen Sitting Together

In this challenging and changing world, we come together to support one another as we sit in silence and strengthen our resolve to Awaken and serve life in the best way possible.

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"The moon and the earth are one
and myself one with them." 
                                             Ryokan
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