Many people have an image of Zen as something difficult when actually it is a very clear and concise teaching. The Chinese character with which the word is written means to indicate or point to the essential, underlying oneness of all things. Zen is to awaken to this principle and truth of nature and the way to realize our innate, delusion-free, peace of mind. Zen practice is to eliminate the sense of separation between the self and others that we always project.
Zazen, or sitting meditation, is central to Zen practice. It is to sit without seeking enlightenment and without rejecting delusion. Zen teachers often encourage their students to “just sit,” letting everything be as-it-is. When Buddha attained enlightenment, he was seated in zazen meditation. The same practice has been followed for over 2,500 years by the women and men who sit in zazen meditation.
If you have never practiced zazen and would like to sit with us at Zenshuji, please call Zenshuji at (213) 624-8658 and speak with Rev. Rummé or Rev. Kojima. They will set up a time with you before a scheduled zazen sitting in order to explain anything you may need to know. If you are a beginner, we encourage you to participate in the Sunday session since the sitting periods are shorter.
We suggest you wear clothing that is loose, comfortable, and preferably dark in color. Please do not wear shorts.
- Mon-Fri 6:20am-7:00am, Mon 6:30pm-8pm, Sat 6:30am-8am, Sun 8am-9am.
- Monthly one-day sitting, “A Day of Zazen”. Please see Temple News page for the date and the schedule.
How to do Zazen
- Detailed Hours -
7:00am End of Zazen
7:10pm Kinhin (Walking meditation)
8:00pm End of Zazen
8:05pm Tea & Discussion
7:10am Kinhin (Walking meditation)
8:00am Porridge Breakfast
8:25am Kinhin (Walking meditation)
9:00am Sunday Service at Main Hall
9:30am Samu - Zendo Sōji (Zendo cleaning)