Affiliate of the
Silent Thunder Order
 STOrder.org

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NEWCOMER MONDAYS IN MAY; HALF-DAY RETREAT
Elliston Roshi will offer a class Monday evenings in May:

BASICS OF ZEN FOR NEWCOMERS
Practice on the Cushion and in Daily Life

May 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Preregistration Fee for 4 classes: $60; $20 each class
All materials will be provided.

NEWCOMER RETREAT
Saturday May 31 - 9:00-NOON
Pre-registration Fee for Retreat: $25; $30 at the door


NEWCOMERS ALWAYS WELCOME AT ASZC!

The Atlanta Soto Zen Center is one of the busiest non-residential Zen Centers
in the USA. For details on our robust program, click Practice Schedule

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)


DHARMA DIALOGS
Sunday Mornings 11:00 am Tuesday Evenings 8:00 pm EST
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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). 


Mailing List:

Click here to receive announcements from our mailing list.

Monthly Announcement Archives


 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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Silence/Thunder calligraphy by Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi