​​Online Zazenkai (group sitting)

 

All zazenkai include teisho (explanation and instruction), Q&A, zazen (sitting), and walking. Dokusan (brief one-on-one Q&A) is also possible.

Jisho instructs in Japanese, and Madoka translates between English and Japanese during lectures and Q&A. She has studied with Jisho for several years and is a reliable interpreter.

  • Satori (enlightenment) is possible if you learn to do zazen correctly. Once you know what zazen really is, you can sit on your own anywhere.

  • To enable you to do your Zen practice on your own, our explanations are concrete and straightforward. We welcome questions and provide sincere guidance. 

  • We allocate time for questions because a degree of understanding helps you to sit without doubting your practice.

  • Brief one-on-one questions (called "dokusan") are also possible if you prefer to ask your questions privately. If you would like longer private instruction, that can be scheduled for a separate time. 

  • An approximate timetable of our zazenkai is below. The schedule may change depending on participants and how many questions there are.

  • Beginners are welcome. Long-term practitioners will also benefit greatly from Jisho-san's instruction.

Dates and times

(Dates and times are Japan standard time-JST)  

(time converter: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

Aug 9 (Mon), Sep 5 (Sun) at 18:00-22:00 JST

  • Paris 11:00-15:00

  • Nairobi 12:00-16:00

  • Colombo 14:30-18:30

  • Sydney 19:00-23:00

Aug 23, Sep 27 (Mon) at 7:00AM JST

  • Sydney  8:00-12:00

  • Auckland  10:00-14:00

  • California  15:00 (Sun, Aug 22, Sep 26)

  • New York   18:00 (Sun, Aug 22, Sep 26)

Zazen Timetable

  • Open Zoom meeting (10 minutes prior to start)

  • Lecture on Zen, truth, satori (enlightenment), Q&A (60 min)

  • Zazen (30 min)

  • Kinhin zen (5 min) 

  • Break (5 min)

  • Q&A (30 min)

  • Zazen (30 min)

  • Kinhin (walking zen; 5 min)

  • Break (5 min)

  • Zazen (30 min)

  • Q&A (20 min)

Participation Fee

4,000 yen (approx $39 US)

If you are unable to afford this, let us know and we will adjust accordingly. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Reservations

Please use the reservation system on the Reservations page.

Zazenkai in Japanese

Jisho has regular zazenkai in Japanese every weekend.

See his Japanese site, Muishinso, for details. 

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News

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  • July 31 August zazenkai are Aug 9 (18:00 Japan time) and Aug 23 (7:00am Japan time).  Click here for reservations.  

  • July 13  We changed our name from "Simply Zen" to "Simply Zen Online." 

  • June 6 Please reserve more than 1 hour in advance for zazenkai. Reservations are turned of 60 minutes prior to start.

  • We started zazenkai twice a month! Regardless of your time zone, there is zazenkai at least once a month. See the group zazenkai page for the schedule.

  • Reservations for online zazenkai and private sessions. Feel free to contact us with questions too.

​Requests

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