Beginning Zen Orientation


The Beginning Zen orientation will introduce you to Zen meditation (ZAZEN). The sessions are intended for the new practitioner or student who wants a foundation and experiential background in Zen. These sessions will include short periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindfulness meditation and informal talks relating to actual Zen practice.

The 3-part weekend orientation is on October 6, 13, & 16, 2018 from 9AM-4PM. Orientation venue will be at the Zen Center Manila Heroes Hill Zendo, #14 Jose Abad Santos St., Heroes Hill Subdivision, QC, from 9am-4pm.

For more information or to reserve a slot, contact Dr. Lulu Ignacio. Mobile numbers: 09175309650 or 09228309650. email to:


Kamakura Sesshin September 2018

191st Kamakura Sesshin attended by Zen Center Manila teacher Elda Perez, facilitated by Sanbo Zen Abbot Yamada Ryoun Roshi, September 12-17, 2018. Kamakura San’un Zendo, Japan.


Beginning Zen Orientation

May 20 Beginning Zen Orientation

Participants of the recently concluded Beginning Zen Orientation held at the UP Bonsai Garden Meditation Center, Diliman, QC. The 3-part weekend orientation was conducted for those new to Zen meditation, wanting a refresher, or new to practicing with Zen Center Manila. This orientation workshop provided an introduction to Zen
theory, discipline and, most importantly, Zen practice.

Beginning Zen Orientation


Beginning Zen: An Introduction to Zen Practice. An orientation for newcomers who are beginning their Zen practice was held at the UP Bonsai Garden on May 6, 2018. The first session of a three-part weekend series is given to anyone interested in exploring Zen as a contemporary meditation practice-path.

The course is structured over a 3 week period and aims to convey a theoretical and practical understanding of Zen, within a lay context. Each Sunday session consists of an informal talk as well as an opportunity for practice with our regular Zen Center Manila or UP Bonsai Garden sitting group, which includes zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) & mindfulness meditation practices.

CHR finds its Zen


Zen Meditation Group at the CHR

Zen Meditation was introduced to the staff of the Commission on Human Rights in UP Diliman, QC. April 25, 2018.

Enough examples can show how mindfulness can cause individual and small group changes; but the question is: can you transform societies and build up populations completely committed to respect human rights? The answer is yes, according to PhD Maria Cheung, Professor at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

“Meditative practice can help integrate personal, collective and social transformation to uphold justice and to protect the human rights of all people of faith; and it importantly engages peaceful resistance. The development of greater self-awareness and self-regulation from mindfulness awakens a new mode of knowing and changes in thoughts and feelings are experienced,”

Those who follow mindfulness engage in greater social activism in contrast to those who refuse to accept the existence of benefits and gains in satisfaction for those who engage in a type of meditation.

Sr. Elaine MacInnes at 94.

Sr. Elaine MacInnes (b.1924) celebrates her 94th birthday in Toronto, Canada. She learned the Art of Zen from Zen masters in Japan and became a master herself, later working with convicts in prison in the Philippines.

In 1976, Sr. Elaine was assigned to the Philippines and began teaching Zen first with as small group of mostly nuns, and gradually with lay people who began hearing about “this Canadian nun teaching Zen meditation.”