Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order

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Zen Buddhist Meditation Center
Everyone welcome 


Our weekly schedule in a nutshell:
SUNRISE MEDITATION: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 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.

Upcoming Events
Chi Gong, Mindfulness and Breathing Techniques for Zen Practice
April 21 (9AM-3:30PM)
At the Atlanta Soto Zen Center
JSS Ji-Ryu–Frederic Lecut will be teaching Chi Gong, mindfulness and breathing techniques for Zen Practice at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center

Ji-Ryu–Frederic Lecut's teaching will be based on a few Buddhist and Taoist texts and on personal research,experimentation and practice with his students.

Click the REGISTRATION link for more details and to register.

Silent Thunder Order's
Spring Retreat @ Watershed
May 2nd - May 6th
Silent Thunder Order's 2018 Spring Retreat @ Watershed
Will be a deep dive into Nature. The nature of the natural world. The nature of the self. The nature of the "world of suchness" in which "there is neither self nor other-than-self."
Watershed Retreat offers a hundred acres of Mother Nature's finest.
The retreat will emphasize silence and immersion in nature by also including walking meditation through the forest and other such contemplative exercises.
For more details and to register click the Registration Link below.

Just Sit Saturday 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)
NOON to 12:55PM
Bring a brown bag for lunch or enjoy the free lunch (included with the $30 fee).
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 inexperienced 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.

$20 for morning only or afternoon only sessions.
$30 for both morning and afternoon sessions (Includes free lunch).
Registration Link
Note: If you choose not to register/pay online, fee can be placed in the Dana Donation box at the Zendo

Monday Book Discussion Group
"Opening the Hand of Thought"
by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi
Starting April 2, 2018
Every Monday
7:30 - 9:00 pm
The first 25 minutes is zazen followed by an informal discussion that ends at 9:00 PM
Detailed Reading Schedule

 • 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