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Zen Buddhist Meditation Center
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Our weekly schedule in a nutshell:
SUNRISE MEDITATION: Every morning 6:00-7:05 am. Join us any time.

MON 7:30 - 9:00 PM: Book Discussion Group

TUE  7:30 - 9:00 PM: Skype conference
WED 7:30 - 9:00 PM: Introduction to Zen Meditation
SUN  9:00 AM - NOON: Soto Zen Service

Please find more details following the link

STUDENTS: If you are visiting for a class (e.g. Comparative Religion), please come to our 7:30p Wednesday Workshop: "Introduction to Zen Meditation." You may also attend Sunday morning, but will have less time for Q&A.  Please DO NOT drop by unannounced at any other time. 

This ensures that there is someone who can answer your questions and you will not disturb the residents.

ASZC's 40th Anniversary Celebration- Saturday, July 15, 2017

Atlanta Soto Zen Center is going to be 40 years old in 2017 and our planning committee is working hard to create a memorable event.  It will coincide with our annual national affiliate conference and Precepts Sesshin July 11-16, 2017.  

If you are interested in helping either with donations or time, please contact Zammai (Lawrell) @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Events

Special Guest Speaker: Ben Connelly
February 26, 2017
At the Atlanta Soto Zen Center
11:00 AM - 12:00 noon
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BenConnellySmallerImg20170225 Ben Connelly will be discussing his new book Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara which is a practical, down-to-earth guide to Vasubandhu's classic work "Thirty Verses of Consciousness Only" that can transform modern life and change how you see the world.  Connelly's warm and wise voice unpacks and contextualizes its wisdom, showing us how we can apply its ancient insights to our own modern lives, to create a life of engaged peace, harmony, compassion, and joy.  This is a great introduction to a philosophy, a master, and a work whose influence reverberates throughout modern Buddhism. 
In this time of social and political turmoil, Ben will be using examples from our very current lives to talk about the practice of Yogacara.
Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He teaches at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Ben is also a professional musician and teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Spring Retreat
"The Evolution of Buddha's Teaching from the First Sermon to the Lotus Sutra"
Wednesday April 26th- Sunday 30th
at Watershed Retreat Center in Hayesville, North Carolina


This is an opportunity to enhance your daily practice and improve your meditation skills for longer retreats offered during the year. We will focus on just sitting zazen, broken into morning and afternoon sessions:

9AM to NOON (six sessions - 25 min sitting + 5 min walking)

LUNCH & LEARN: Bring a brown bag for lunch or enjoy the free lunch (included with the $25 fee). Taiun Roshi will provide a teaching related to zazen.

1:00 PM to 3:25 PM (five sessions - 25 min sitting + 5 min walking)

At this event, we will not have zazen instruction for first timers. We request - if you are unexperienced in meditation - that you attend the “Introduction to Zen Meditation” class held at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center on Wednesday nights @ 7:30 PM before attending this event.

$15 for morning only or afternoon only sessions.
$25 for both morning and afternoon sessions (Includes free lunch).

Book Discussion Group: "Nothing Special" by Charlotte Joko Beck
Every Monday, starting from October 10th 7:30 - 9:00 pm

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Please join us for a 25 minute period of meditation followed by an informal discussion until 9:00 pm. Starting October 10th we are beginning to discuss the book "Nothing Special" by Charlotte Joko Beck. We are going to read and discuss roughly about one or two chapters per week, but there is no need to read the book to join us. However, if you’d like the book, and want to read along, please bring a copy. The only prerequisite for this discussion group is that you have attended at least one of our 'Introduction to Zen' classes on Wednesday evenings or have some basic understanding of Zen.

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 • Newcomers  — Instruction/Orientation/Workshop Wed 7:30 pm
 • Atlanta Region  — Dialog with interfaith groups, schools, public
 • Training Center  — Formal training of Priests and Disciples of STO

 • Buddha Practice  — Daily sitting meditation sessions (zazen)
 • Dharma Study  — Regular dialogs & discussion forums
 • Sangha Service  — Weekly sutra services & social events

 • Zazenkai  — Monthly Friday—Saturday retreat
 • Sesshin  — Annual; Precepts; Buddha’s Elightenment Day
 • Hossen  — 5th Sunday Dharma Combat (4/year)
 • Ango  — 30- & 90-day practice period (student residency)

 • 4th Friday Forum  — Sangha dinner & discussion; guest speakers
 • Guest Teachers  — Visiting Zen teachers, authors & educators
 • Holidays  — Buddhist Holidays; Founder’s Day; New Year
 • Practice Path  — Initiation (Jukai); Discipleship (Zaike Tokudo)

The Atlanta Soto Zen Center, founded in 1977, is one of the larger non-residential Zen centers in the country, offering a full schedule of morning and evening zazen, zen meditation and protocol instructions for beginners, monthly all-day sittings (zazenkai) and occasional week-long retreats (sesshin).
Please come join us in our beautiful location on Zonolite Place and look for opportunities to begin or deepen your Zen practice.
We also have a network of affiliated centers and sitting groups throughout the country and Atlanta suburbs. For locations, please see the Silent Thunder Order affiliates page.

 We are pleased to announce the publication of the first and second volumes of teaching archives of our lineage founder, Rev. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi (click here to purchase).

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Silence/Thunder calligraphy by Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi