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Silent Thunder Order

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Zen Buddhist Meditation Center
Everyone welcome 


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
THU  7:30 - 9:30 PM: Zazen Meditation - 50 min Zazen - 10 min Kinhin - 50 min Zazen

SUN  9:00 AM - NOON: Soto Zen Service

Please find more details following the link


Upcoming Events:

Book Discussion Group: "Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye" by Brad Warner
Every Monday, starting from Jan 18th 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 January 18th we are beginning to discuss the book "Sit Down and Shut Up" by Brad Warner. 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.
Chapters for Monday February 8th: Kill your Anger; Zen and Stress Management

"A Buddhist Valentine"
1-Day Retreat examining Love, Desire and the Heart Sutra
Saturday, Feb 13th at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center
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For more information and registration please follow this LINK

Sewing Retreat 2016
Friday March 4th till Sunday March 6th
Please join us for our sewing class with Kyoku Tracey Walen Sensei, Certified Zen Sewing Teacher.
For more information and registration please follow this LINK

5-Day Sesshin - "Are We What We Think We Are?!"
Tuesday, 04/05 till Sunday, 04/10 at Watershed Retreat Center in North Carolina
During this Sesshin practice session we will use the stillness of zazen to investigate Buddhism's Five Skandhas: Form, Sensation, Perception, Intention, and Consciousness  with the aspiration of finding a clearer view of what our self actually is, and what it is not.
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For more information and registration please follow this LINK




 • 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.



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 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