Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order
 STOrder.org

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Zen Buddhist Mediation Center
Everyone welcome

 
Upcoming Events:

Saturday Nov 1
9:00-Noon
Retreat and Brown Bag Lunch Round Table on Practice at Home and at Work

Sunday Nov 2
11:00 am
Illustrated Dharma Talk - Remembering Matsuoka Roshi

Sunday Nov 9
10:30
Founder's Memorial Service
11:00 Dharma Talk - Matsuoka Roshi Quotes and Commentary

Sunday Nov 15
Falmouth Jukai Service

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



Zen Buddhism Class @ Emory University

Sensei has been invited by the Emory Student Buddhist Group to teach a class on Zen meditation.
The class will be held on the following Thursdays from 6- 7:30 pm.  
Location Cannon Chapel, Emory Campus.

November 20


 
Ongoing Meditation Schedule

 We hope you will join us Mon, Tues, Wed evenings at 7:30 pm for zazen, Dharma talk and discussion (morning meditation postponed). 


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