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Zen Meditation

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 2476 Nursery Rd Clearwater FL 33764  See map

Formal Zen Meditation

The Clear Water Zen Center is open Sunday at 9:30 AM, for three 35-minute rounds of zazen meditation with a short period of walking meditation (kinhin) between each sitting. Please arrive at least a few minutes early, as we begin promptly at 9:30 AM. If this is your first visit please call ahead to make arrangements: (727) 391-5735.

First Sunday of each month: A first sitting meditation of 35 minutes is followed by a few minutes of walking meditation known as kinhin and a second sitting of 35 minutes. A chanting program follows the second sitting.

Second Sunday of each month: A first sitting meditation of 35 minutes is followed by a few minutes of walking meditation known as kinhin and a second round of sitting meditation of 35 minutes. A dharma talk by Ken Rosen, the founder of the group and the senior student of Sensei Lawson Sachter, follows the second sitting.

Third Sunday of each month: A first sitting meditation of 45 minutes is followed by a few minutes of walking meditation known as kinhin. Due to the length of the first sitting, a bell is sounded at the midway point so that participants can stand and stretch or simply adjust their sitting posture. A Beginner's Class begins after the first sitting. It includes an introductory talk by Mr. Rosen, a 20 minute sitting, kinhin, a question and answer period, a second 20 minute sitting, and a second question and answer period.

Fourth Sunday of each month: Three rounds of sitting meditation of 35 minutes each, with kinhin following each sitting. During any sitting, participants may quietly leave their sitting cushion and go to a separate room of the Zen Center for private and confidential consultation with Mr. Rosen concerning matters of practice.

On rare fifth Sundays, there are three rounds of sitting meditation of 35 minutes each, with a kinhin following each sitting.

Every Sunday practice session ends at 11:30 and is followed by an informal social gathering with tea, coffee, and snacks except on the first Sunday of each month which is followed by a Board meeting.

The Clear Water Zen Center is located behind the Unitarian Church at 2476 Nursery Road in Clearwater, between Belcher Road and US 19, and follows the traditions and teachings of Roshi Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), founder of the Rochester Zen Center and whose book The Three Pillars of Zen was instrumental in introducing Zen Buddhism to the West.

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