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Information on How to do Zazen, the manners you should use in a Zendo, Eating with Oryoki, the Sutras, and the Fukan zazengi.


When you do zazen, find a quiet place where you can sit without disturbances. It should be neither too dark nor too bright, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The sitting place should be neat and clean.

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Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of the Buddha. For this reason, the words expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha have absolute authority and the sutras are collections of his sermons. "sutra" is a Sanskrit word that referred in Brahmanism to those holy scriptures.

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Food as Practice

Instructions on how to use an Oryoki, cooking in Buddhism, videos and recipees.

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Baikaryu Eisanka

The teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji are learned through singing eisanka (Japanese Buddhist hymns) and practiced in accordance with vows.

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The Soto Zen Annual Event Calendar

Soto zen Buddhism event calendar with information on yearly events that take place in spring, summer, Autumn, and winter.

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Commemoration of Family Ancestors

To express our gratitude to our family ancestors, we have various things such as: visiting our family's temples and graves, placing a family Buddha altar, and conducting memorial services.

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