Due to the Corona virus pandemic and lockdown, Zen Center Manila is suspending all retreats and visitor facilities until further notice.
Persons already booked on retreats and guests already booked for visits will be separately contacted.
We are deeply sad to take this step but feel that it is necessary as a gesture of solidarity in the light of the lockdown and the uncertainties surrounding it. This is in line with most similar facilities all over the world.
We will do all we can to keep this world safe and clear and at this time we remember all those affected by the pandemic as well as those working in the healing professions.
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 Sanbo Zen International 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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