Zen is a true science of mind. We use the mind and body as our lab. The goal is awakening, and the process includes gaining familiarity with the stuff of our lives. Open Mind Zen uses ancient practices like sitting meditation and koan study. We also incorporate modern forms of yoga.
All events are donation based. We intend to include everyone.
Meditation is the core of Zen practice. Meditation deepens over time, and can be a lifetime pursuit. Walking meditation is offered in between sitting periods. We have both cushions and chairs for sitting.
Awakened minds live in robust bodies. Yoga practice prepares the body for deep meditation. We offer Gentle, Hatha, Ashtanga, Flow, Mindful Movement, and Restorative Yoga.
Zen is a process of uncovering unconscious habits and ways of seeing our lives. A teacher can encourage us to notice our blind spots so that we have greater freedom. At OMZ, students and teachers can meet one-on-one.
Koans are traditional stories or interactions between students and teachers, most of which come from the Golden Age of Zen in ancient China. Their purpose is to direct us toward realization of our True Self. Koans are paradoxical in nature. They encourage us to examine our reliance on logical mind and open to more creative problem solving.
1. Attend a class. Anyone is welcome to drop in to a yoga or meditation class. No pre-registration is required. We ask newcomers to arrive 15 minutes before class for an orientation. All offerings are by donation. Suggested donation for yoga is $15. Suggested donation for meditation is $10. We prefer cash donations, but if needed you can donate online.
2. Become a member. If you feel a connection to OMZ and wish to meditate on a regular basis here, we welcome you to consider becoming a member. Suggested donation for membership is $60/month. This includes all OMZ weekly meditation offerings. Membership does not include yoga classes. Members receive discounts on all meditation retreats/events.
3. Become a Zen student. This is for those wanting to make a deeper commitment to Zen practice. Students will meet on a regular basis with either Kido or Andy. Suggested donation for OMZ Students is $75/month. The following requirements apply:
- A minimum of 3 months of regular meditation practice at our center. This is a commitment not to be taken lightly. A deep Dharma connection to our methods of practice, and to one of our teachers must be evident.
- Committed meditation practice, a minimum of 30 minutes daily.
- Study of Dharma books of your choosing or suggested by the teacher.
- Regular participation in meetings and events at our center, including a commitment to attend at least one retreat a year.
When considering your options for practicing, please don't let your financial situation be a determining factor. These are suggested donations. Consider what this is worth to you, what you can afford to pay, and then please speak openly with us. We will never turn anyone away!