Tigers above! Tigers below!

A Zen master made a habit at noontime to meditate while he walked in the gardens of the temple. On this particular day he became so engrossed in his meditation that he wondered far into the jungle, where he Read more

Be strict with oneself and be tolerant with others. 

  Ingen Ryuki 隠元隆琦 (1592-1673) was the Chinese Zen master who founded the Obaku sect of Zen Buddhism. While traveling along a deserted mountain path, he was suddenly accosted by robbers who threatened his life and demanded all his money. Read more

Dharma Flower Scripture- the Lotus Sutra

The scriptures tell us that Buddha rains down the Buddha Dharma on all beings in all worlds, past, present, and future. There are none that do not have buddha nature and cannot awaken to the supreme enlightenment. Though we may Read more

Just- this!

Zen student Lingyun spent thirty years looking for a true master. He rounded a bend, and on the opposite wall of the canyon there was a peach tree in blossom. No veil separated him from them, and suddenly the peach Read more

Su Dong Po and Zen Master Foyin

      Su Dongpo was an avid student of Buddhist teachings. He was quick-witted and humorous; as a Zen Buddhism follower he was very serious and self-disciplined. He often discussed buddhism with his good friend, Zen Master Foyin. The two lived Read more

Hanamatsuri: "I alone am the world honored one."

  “ I Alone, Am The World-Honored One.”  - Buddha Hanamatsuri- In Celebration of the Buddha's Birth. 6th April, 2014   Hanamatsuri Service celebrates the birth of Gotama, Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Every year members of our sangha gather for a special celebration of Read more

O- Higan

O-HIGAN   Twice a year the time of the equinox comes around. The equinox is that time when the sun crosses the equator and the length of day and night is equalized. The first is the vernal equinox, usually around March Read more

Just let go and be free!

In India, monkey-hunters hollow out a hole in a coconut and put sweet candies inside. The hole is jut big enough for the monkey to squeeze his empty hand into, but not big enough to get a fistful of Read more

Bodhi (Enlightenment) Day

Another   year   has   gone   by   since   we   last   celebrated Enlightenment Day. During this past year, many new persons have joined our Sarasota Zen center and are sincere in their efforts to Read more

Buddha Nature and the thief.

  Once a monk asked the master, how did the ancient master finally cease to do no-thing and completely settle down. The master replied, "it was like a thief slipping into a vacant house. He cannot steal anything, no need to Read more

The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever

Penetrate the true meaning of the Heart Sutra, says Karl Brunnhölzl, and nothing will be the same again. The secret is making it personal. There is no doubt that the Heart Sutra is the most frequently used and recited text in the entire Read more

Cultivating Buddha’s Wisdom and Compassion 

The Sarasota Zen Center,  a Soto Zen Buddhist Temple, is a Florida registered non-profit organization created to support the dissemination and growth of Buddhist Teachings within our communities and to help empower its members through direct participation in its programs. The Sarasota Zen Center community offers a haven of peace and harmony in which to engage in the arduous task of self-discovery through Zen practice. Welcoming diversity, the practice of Zen is available to people of every race, religion, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.


The dharma wheel, like the earth, is ever-revolving and never stops;
The teachings of the Buddha can reach everyone, everywhere.

Osho’s Welcome message:

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Rev. Daito Thompson- Osho

I welcome you to our Sarasota Zen Center webpage. I invite you to visit our Zen Center temple and feel the warmth of our Buddhist Congregation called the sangha. Let us find the true meaning of our lives through living the Dharma (teachings) as taught by the Buddha (the Awakened One) and successive Buddhist teachers. I assure you; their words of wisdom will inspire you and give a new dimension to your life. While you are here on our website please take advantage of our free monthly newsletter, “MOKURAI: Silence is Thunder!

Learning how to tame the voices in our heads- without losing your sanity is what we do here. We all have voices in our head. It’s what has us losing our temper unnecessarily, checking our email compulsively, eating when we’re not hungry, and fixating on the past and the future at the expense of the present. Most of us assume we are stuck with the voice- that there is nothing we can do to rein it in. But there is the one thing that can tame the voice, make you happier, healthier, helps to lower your blood pressure, to essentially rewiring your brain. From cutting edge science supporting the healthy benefits of meditation to our own hard-won practice- the practice of Zen will convince even the most skeptical of the power of Zen’s potential to make us more healthier, happier, and compassionate simply by taking up the the seat of the Buddha and “just-sit, doing no-thing”.

May peace prevail on earth!

Reverend Daito Zenei ThompsonOsho, Spiritual and Executive Director of the Sarasota Zen Center.






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