Zen Center Manila is a community of Zen practitioners in the Philippines. Our sangha (community) is based in Quezon City, and we have affiliate sanghas in other parts of the archipelago.
At the Zen Center Manila, we view introducing Zen and Mindfulness meditation to the public as a service we offer to the community, regardless of whether or not you decide to continue after your first visit. Our teaching and methods are focused on two principles: providing a venue for personal spiritual development and familiarizing people with standardized Zen training practices, protocols and etiquette.
Our meditation practice-zazen- follows the Sanbo Zen International school. We are a lay lineage of Zen practice which combines its Soto heritage with a program of Rinzai koan study. Our teachers and senior students continuously train in Kamakura, Japan and deepen their practice through the annual teachers’ training, under the leadership of our Abbot Yamada Ryoun Roshi.
We hold regular Zazenkai (sitting meditation) in the Heroes Hill Zendo in Quezon City every Sunday and at the UP Diliman Bonsai Garden every Wednesday. We conduct Orientation workshops, zazenkai (sitting meditation in a group) and sesshin (zen retreat).
We’re here to answer your questions about the Zen Center Manila’s programs and to support your practice however we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out—we’d be glad to hear from you. To learn about how you can practice zen, visit our Beginning Zen Page.
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