Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order

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ASZC zendo July 2015
Zen Buddhist Meditation Center
Everyone welcome 



November is Founder's Month in honor of Soyu Matsuoka-Roshi

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Please join us in celebrating Matsuoka-Roshi's (11/25/12-11/20/97) life and legacy.
He is the founder of our Silent Thunder Order.
We invite you to celebrate in several ways. Find out more.

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:

ROHATSU - Zazen around the Clock

Saturday, 12th 10:30 - Sunday, 13th noon

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Please join us in Zazen (seated meditation) around the clock starting at 10:30 am on Saturday and ending on Sunday followed by our regular Soto Zen Service. In this way we commemorate Buddha's Enlightenment. You can participate the whole 24 hours or just parts of it. We will provide simple, vegetarian meals as well as snacks.
For more information and registration, please follow this LINK.

Beginner’s M
ind Discussion Group
Monday nights 7:30 pm
Please join
us for a 25 minute period of meditation followed by an informal discussion until 9:00pm. Starting October 5th we are beginning to discuss the book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki. We are going to read and discuss roughly three 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 or purchase a copy at ASZC. 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. Just bring your beginner’s mind ;-)
Chapters for Monday December 7th: Emptiness, Readiness, Mindfulness, Believing in Nothing





 • 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