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Silent Thunder Order

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Festive Friday - Insider Tips

Festive Friday parking is free, but limited. Consider taking Uber. Street parking is available along Zonolite and Dalon Roads. You may also use parking lots at 1155, 1145, 1123 and 1075 Zonolite Road. Overflow parking is available at the Sage Hill Kroger, 1799 Briarcliff Rd, about a 1/3 mile walk to the Festival. Festival Entrances are located at 1145 Zonolite Road and 1167 Zonolite Place (Atlanta Soto Zen Center). RSVP NOW >>

For festival guests 21 & over, your $5 suggested donation entitles you to two free drink tickets. Additional drink tickets are available for further donation - 4 for $10 or $3 each. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an advance copy of the festival program or for questions.


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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 Discussi on Group: "Returning to Silence" by Dainin Katagiri
Every Monday, starting from April 18th 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Katagiri Returning
Please join us for a 25 minute period of meditation followed by an informal discussion until 9:00 pm. Starting April 18th we are beginning to discuss the book "Returning to Silence" by Dainin Katagiri. 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.

Coming soon- pictures from 
5-Day Sesshin - "Are We What We Think We Are?!"


We had our largest and 'one of the best I've ever been to' retreats ever at Watershed Retreat Center.  The teachings by Tesshin and Sensei deepened the experience of meditating in the beautiful off-grid Zendo in the NC mountains.  The amazing meals, nature walks and perfect spring weather (ok it did get a little cold) were just another reason why you shouldn't miss the next retreat.  We are starting to plan for the Late Summer/ Fall retreat so sign up for our newletters and announcements so you don't miss it!

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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