Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order

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Abbot's Weekly Skype Teleconference

Please join us Tuesdays @ 8 pm online to study with our Abbot and greater Sangha. 
Each month we dive into teachings from Indian, Chinese and Japanese Zen Masters.

August Schedule
Week Three:  8/19- Platform Sutra translation by Yampolsky.  
Focus on pdf pages 42-62 (paragraphs 38-57)

Week Four:  8/26-  Platform Sutra translation by Yampolsky.
Focus on pdf pages 42-62 (paragraphs 38-57)

*No teleconference on the 5th Tuesday (if applicable)

Email Getsu Roger Cochran @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to participate.

Suggested donation for each session is $10.  
You can donate here,

Taiun Roshi's Creative Mindfulness Class
@ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

"This class is an exploratory approach to visual media based on a Bauhaus method Michael Elliston
was trained in at Institute of Design (IIT) and which, in turn, he has taught for many years.  Meditation sets
the tone and provides a calming creative boost to the mind."- Callanwolde Fine Arts Center brochure

Saturdays 10 am- 12 pm
September 6- October 18
(with the exception of Oct 4)
Fee:  $165 Callanwolde members/ $175 non-members

For more information, please follow the link:

Taiun Roshi's 6-week class @ Emory University

Sensei has been invited by the Emory Student Buddhist Group to teach a 6-week class on Zen meditation.
The reading material will be Sensei's manuscript "Zen's Middle Way: Between Science and Religion."
The class will be held on the following Thursdays from 6- 7:30 pm.  
Location TBC.

September 18
October 2
October 16
November  6
November 13
November 20


Please join us and our sangha members from Nashville, TN on September 11-14, 2014 for Zazenkai.  
It's always nice when members of our larger sangha come to ASZC for retreat.  
The theme of our retreat is "Boundless Mind", and will feature teaching by

Taiun Michael Elliston Roshi

Nyoze Nat Brown

Seiko Peter Pintauro

Kakuon Dave Cuomo


Ongoing Meditation Schedule

 We hope you will join us Mon-Thurs mornings at 6:30 am for zazen & Mon, Tues, Wed evenings at 7:30 pm for zazen, Dharma talk and discussion. 

 • 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 Orderaffiliates page.

Information for Visitors:
Services at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center primarily involve silent zen meditation (zazen). We welcome experienced visitors to attend any of our services. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of the service and introduce yourself to the attendant. Our programs begin promptly at the time specified and we ask that visitors not interrupt services in progress.
We offer the following options for newcomers to zen at the center:
  • Newcomers zen meditation instruction each Wednesday at 7:30pm 
  • Occasional "Zen Buddhist Basics" classes.
Appropriate attire is modest comfortable clothing. We remove shoes inside the center. Please do not wear fragrances.
If you have a large group or would like special accommodations (either on-site at the ASZC or a presentation off-site), please contact us in advance (click here for email). 

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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).

Upcoming Events:
July Sesshin (7-14th) Precepts Retreat and STO conference 
November Rohatsu Sesshin (7 day) 

Financial Information:
Atlanta Soto Zen Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, funded solely through donations.
Please Click here to make an on-line donation through PayPal.

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