1 Day Online Zen Retreat April 24th news Apr 06, 2021

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.


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Please join us for a 1 day retreat Saturday, April 24th. 1 day retreats include extended sitting practice, chanting, bowing,...

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The Ten Thousand Samadhis Are Not Necessary teaching Apr 02, 2021

Deep pine tree valley:

Sitting quietly,

The moon was bright last night.

The ten thousand samadhis are not necessary.

When thirsty, drink.

When tired, sleep

By Zen Master Hahn Am

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Original Face Jan 29, 2021

Your true self is always shining and free.
Human beings make something and enter the ocean of suffering.
Only without thinking can you return to your true self.
The high mountain is always blue, white clouds coming and going.

By Zen Master Seung Sahn

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The First Noble Truth teaching Dec 11, 2020

The First Noble Truth is "All things are suffering." Life is suffering. The word in Sanskrit is duḥkha. Sometimes it is translated as "unsatisfactory". Situations, this world, and our lives are not what we want them to be. There's almost always a gap between what we want and what is. In as much...

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1 Day Online Retreat October 17th news Oct 07, 2020

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices due to the COVID-19 situation. Retreats will be held online until further...

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3 Day Online Retreat September 18th - 19th news Sep 11, 2020

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices due to the COVID-19 situation. Retreats will be held online until further...

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Clear View jason quinn jdpsn teaching Aug 28, 2020
If we have some idea of what we are or who we are, we usually have some view of the world. It may be a religious view, political view, a man or woman view, monastic or layperson, even a Zen view. All of these views have their place, but if we are attached to any view, we can no longer see the...
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Wisdom, Love, and Compassion jason quinn jdpsn teaching Jun 19, 2020

A little over 2500 years ago, the Buddha realized his enlightenment. Since that time, Buddhism has spread all over the world. There are now many styles of Buddhism across the globe. There is Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism. Then there is...

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1 Day Online Retreat June 20th news Jun 05, 2020

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices due to the COVID-19 situation. Retreats will be held online until further...

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1 Day Online Retreat May 23rd news May 11, 2020

Retreat is a time to look inside and investigate our life. It is an opportunity to clear our mind of habitual thinking and access our wisdom and compassion.

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices due to the COVID-19 situation. Retreats will be held online until further...

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Fundraiser 2020 news May 07, 2020

Dear Friends of Empty Gate Zen Center:

Thank you so much for all of your ongoing support. Whether you're a long-time member of Empty Gate Zen Center or a recent first-time visitor to our Zen Center, we value your contributions.

The current situation with the Coronavirus has made funding...

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Cancellations and Online Practice news Mar 30, 2020

Empty Gate Zen Center has closed and canceled all public practices at our Berkeley, Bosie, and Santa Clara locations due to the COVID-19 situation. In response, we will offer online streams via Zoom. Visit our Weekly Practice Schedule for more info. http://emptygatezen.com/practice-schedule

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