NEWS

SUMMER OPERATION 2020 ZEN CENTER ATHENS

We would like to inform you that from the 16th of June until the 30th of July, the regular zazen periods will take place every Tuesday and Thursday, 20.00-21.30, as well as the two Zen Days on June 21st & July 19th. Up to 15 people will be able to attend these meetings each time, as directed by the government plan and in relation to the  square footage of the Zen Center. In order to participate, you must send us an email for your attendance on the  same day of each session. For the Zen Days you can also send…

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ZEN CENTER SANGHA & PRACTITIONERS ZEN PRACTICE

Dear friends, dear sangha, I am writing to you regarding the  extention of the closure of  the Zen Center until we are safe. It is an opportunity for us all to do an experiential introductory lesson in Zen. Zen mind is the mind of the beginner. Always open, wondering and learning. I address practitioners in all disciplines, as the space and the way teachers teach the arts here is geared towards the Zen Way. I will remind you of some basic principles that make events come to life, without any intention of theoretically covering Buddhism, before proposing what we can…

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THE FUNCTION OF ZEN CENTER ATHENS IS SUSPENDED UNTIL 27.03.2020

We would like to share with you that following government announcements on the  prevention of the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to suspend the ongoing program of the Zen Center from 13/3 until 27/3/2020. As a result, all courses, seminars and Zen Day on Sunday 15/3 are canceled. Our main concern is security and the common good of us all. Thanks you so much for your understanding.

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ZEN DAY 15.03.2020

We would like to inform you that the next Zen Day will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 10: 00-18: 00. In case of any instructions regarding COVID-19  we will inform you by Friday. We will have 6 zazen periods with Kinhin (meditative walking) in between, and a discussion amongst  practitioners at 13.00 before the lunch break. Below is a link to download the Shobogenzo-zuimonki pdf. For this Sunday we will read chapters 5-13, 5-14, 5-15. https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/library/leaflet/Zuimonki/pdf/zuimonki.pdf Please, come to the site strictly by 10:10. After Zazen starts, and once the door to Zendo is closed, you will…

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CANCELATION OF ΚΟΤΕΝ ROSHI’S TALK

We would like to inform you that Koten Roshi and Doiku sensei will not be with us, as planned, at the end of March for his talk and sesshin at Zen Center Athens. Their trip from Japan is canceled due to measures related to the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and we will soon inform you of the next date on which the Master will visit us.

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ZEN DAY 16.02.2020

We would like to inform you that the next Zen Day will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 10: 00-18: 00. We will have 6 zazen periods with Kinhin (meditative walking) in between, and a discussion amongst  practitioners at 13.00 before the lunch break. Below is a link to download the Shobogenzo-zuimonki pdf. For this Sunday we will read chapters 5-9, 5-10, 5-11. https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/library/leaflet/Zuimonki/pdf/zuimonki.pdf Please, come to the site strictly by 10:10. After Zazen starts, and once the door to Zendo is closed, you will not be able to enter. Lunch breaks take place at the Zen Center…

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Shohaku Okumura Roshi Dharma Talk

SHIKANTAZA:
Zen Meditation & the Zazen of Everyday

SHIKANTAZA: Zen Meditation & the Zazen of Everyday On March 5th 2020, at 7 pm, we will have the honor to host Shohaku Okumura Roshi for a unique Dharma talk and a three day sesshin under his guidance. The Teacher’s invitation to the Zen Center Athens was made due to the occasion of the publication of his book Shikantaza, in Greek, by the publishing house Estia and Zen Center Athens. The book, consisting of an essential handbook for zazen practice and an anthology of fundamental Soto Zen texts, is the first written and edited by Okumura Roshi. Shikantaza, first published…

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ZEN DAY 15.12.2019

We would like to inform you that the next Zen Day will take place on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 10: 00-18: 00. We will have 6 zazen periods with Kinhin (meditative walking) in between, and a discussion amongst  practitioners at 13.00 before the lunch break. Below is a link to download the Shobogenzo-zuimonki pdf. For this Sunday we will read chapters 5-4, 5-5, 5-6. https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/library/leaflet/Zuimonki/pdf/zuimonki.pdf Please, come to the site strictly by 10:10. After Zazen starts, and once the door to Zendo is closed, you will not be able to enter. Lunch breaks take place at the Zen Center…

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CELEBRATION GATHERING

We would like to invite you all on Friday December 20th, at the Center for a Christmas gathering  that we hope will take you somewhere between  serenity and surprise, awareness and relaxation, compassion and joy. Our dojo and zendo will host you filled with origami and colorful mandala cards, zen stories, buddhist percussion, mantras, Gerasimos and the voice of the shakuhachi flute, zafus and zabuttons, interactive games about the “I” and the “We” ! Also in the spirit of the days we would like to organize a gift exchange but with items that you will bring from your home instead of…

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Two days with Roshi Grover Genrο Gauntt

SATURDAY (free event) 5.30-6.30 Zazen/sitting meditation 6.30-8.30 Lecture: The 3 Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers– Α deep way of working in the world… or how the path of spirituality and activism connect SUNDAY (30-40€ sliding scale) 11.00-14.00 Zazen/sitting meditation 14.00-15.00 Lunch Break 15.00-18.00 Peacemaking Council: Sharing From the Heart — Creating, Learning Safe, Intimate Ways of Communication ABOUT ROSHI GROVER GENRO GAUNTT Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt, is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and a dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman. He started studying with Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1971 and served…

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