Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order
 STOrder.org

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Zen Buddhist Mediation Center
Everyone welcome


 
Upcoming Events:


Ongoing Meditation Schedule

We hope you will join us

 
Every weekday morning in November

Sunrise Meditation @ 6:30- 7:30 am

 Mon, Tues, Wed evenings at 7:30 pm for zazen, Dharma talk and discussion.


Sunday Nov 23

Mizutake Lunch and Monthly ASZC Abbot's Advisory Council Meeting


Sunday Nov 30

Dharma Combat - 10:30-Noon Covered Dish Sangha Lunch


Monday Dec 1- Sunday Dec 7

Rohatsu Sesshin

Please register for our annual Rohatsu Retreat by clicking the link below
http://aszc.org/index.php/retreats



'Rohatsu is Japanese for "eighth day of the twelfth month." 
December 8 has come to be the day Japanese Buddhists observe the enlightenment of the historical Buddha.

In Japanese Zen monasteries, Rohatsu is the last day of a week-long sesshin.  
A sesshin is an intensive meditation retreat in which all of one's waking time is dedicated to meditation. 
Even when not in the meditation hall, participants endeavor to maintain meditation 
focus at all times -- eating, washing, doing chores. 
Silence is maintained unless speaking is absolutely necessary.'
-Barbara O'brian



From the Mouth of Matsuoka Roshi



Matsuoka Roshi"Be careful of that one little thing that you allow yourself... that is what will get you."

This particular quote from Matsuoka Roshi, which I heard him say only once, came to mind when a student (who shall remain anonymous) sent an email (this term will soon date this writing) with the heading "Gloriously drunk," in which he made clear, directly and via typos, that he had been out drinking whiskey to the point that he had overdone it. He was clearly a happy drunk — a giddy tone and lack of anger came shining through. I thanked him and told him I was honored that he thought of me in his inebriated condition. I went on, as is my wont, to mention that Master Dogen said, "When we take the tonsure (shave the head) we are already intoxicated." And so that drugs and alcohol are what in Zen is called a "head upon a head" — substance intoxication on top of sensory intoxication. But the next morning I got the hangover memo. Like most things in life, we observe the Precepts in retrospect, when we have broken them. The hangover is merely the immediate consequence, Karmic though it may seem in its magnitude at the time.

I speak from experience here. My father was afraid to let himself drink, as he thought he would become an alcoholic, and as the leader of a jazz band playing night clubs, he saw a lot of the downside of inebriation. He told me that we are part Choctaw — somewhere there is a photo of a great-great-great matriarch of the family, and she is definitely Native American — and a couple of his father's generation had become serious alcoholics. I have learned to avoid the firewater myself, as I have learned from hard and embarrassing experience.

Read more: From the Mouth of Matsuoka Roshi




 
 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
 • 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
 

REGULAR PRACTICE PROGRAM
 • Buddha Practice  — Daily sitting meditation sessions (zazen)
 • Dharma Study  — Regular dialogs & discussion forums
 • Sangha Service  — Weekly sutra services & social events
 

CALENDAR RETREATS
 • 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)
 

SPECIAL EVENTS
 • 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). 

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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 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