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

Why Sit?


      Why Sit?   Our Sarasota Zen Center is a very small sangha. There are sangha’s that are much larger, with all sorts of activities for those people who are interested in a multitude of activities. But here at SZC we are 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

Dokusan: The Zen Private Interview


Before dawn, people sit together in the charged stillness of a Zen meditation hall. From a nearby room, the teacher's hand bell rings. Another bell responds, and the bells talk back and forth. When they fall silent, the bell-ringer Read more

Cultivating Buddha’s Wisdom and Compassion in Sarasota, FL

Sarasotazen copyThe 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.

Osho’s Welcome message

法輪似地東西轉
佛道逢源左右通

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

Reverend Daito Zenei Thompson- Osho, spiritual director Sarasota Zen Center.

Reverend Daito Zenei Thompson- Osho

ZEN MEDITATION: because it works. 

I welcome you to our Sarasota Zen Center webpage. I invite you to visit our Zen Center temple and feel the warmth of the Buddhist Congregation called the sangha. Let us find the true meaning of our lives through living the Dharma as taught by the Buddha and successive 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”.

I didn’t spring out of a lotus blossom knowing where it was at. I figured out where it was at by paying attention in the ‘here and now’. Be like the fragrant flower that attracts all the busy buzzing bees. “Be here now.” That’s the secret sauce. When enough people have the courage to come together and just be peace-full.

Our Sarasota Zen Center sangha members get together thrice weekly and we draw strength and courage from knowing that there are at least “this many” people who genuinely want to be peace-full. And the hip thing about it is that we actually reach the other people who are not so peaceful. And do you want to know why? Because its Buddha’s transcendental Wisdom and Compassion brought about by zazen, which is a stronger vibration than that of violence, greed, and delusional mind. Keep in mind this mantra: “nobody makes it, unless everybody makes it”. That’s living our Bodhisattva vow. All right now. Go out into your world and make it a peaceful one!

May peace prevail on earth!

Reverend Daito Zenei Thompson- Osho, spiritual and executive director of the Sarasota Zen Center.

 

 

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