Our primer classes teach you a simple form of meditation that is easy to learn and can be done by anyone, regardless of religion, belief or culture.
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We'll build on the foundation of the Primer classes and give you practical tools for living an authentic life of openness, empathy and clarity.
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We'll show you how practicing principles of a Zen-inspired life can help you be more effective in your personal life, your relationships and in the world.
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When the soil is healthy, nature takes care of itself.
Zen is something like this.
Zen mindfulness is about letting something grow out of the native soil of your own life. Like plants, your life is rooted in your own conditioning, culture, language and beliefs. A Zen inspired life style is about how you cultivate that soil to support your life. And in Zen, this is done through the regular practice of meditation. This practice is a way of empathically keeping company with yourself. And this simple practice, supported by new findings in neuroscience, is the foundation of a more effective life of openness, empathy and clarity. MORE >>
"I've been a member for about five years. I started out just by coming to talks by Roshi to learn about meditation techniques. I had learned that meditation was helpful as a treatment for PTSD and I wanted to learn more about it. I soon became interested in the deeper lessons available at the center.
The ZLMC has become a permanent part of my life. The teachings, including the Primer and Gateway classes, have improved my life considerably. I'd recommend ZLMC to anyone interested in meditation for any reason. Chances are, you'll get much more than a meditation practice out of your experience." - Yelp Review ***** (Sept. 30, 2015 by Lance C.)
“ZLMC is also the heart of a great group of community-minded people who are very fun and welcoming, offering many group discussion circles, informal brunches, artistic workshops, and more. I am a busy mom working full time, and cannot take advantage of all the events I would like to, but whenever I can fit in a class series or even just a group meditation session I am so happy I did!” – Yelp Review ***** (Sept. 18, 2015 by Rachel B.)
A Zen-inspired life is pro-active
It gives you time to reflect, to respond, to connect with others, and to build trust in relationships. When you do this well, you’ll discover a larger world of possibilities, and one that is workable, no matter how difficult the challenge. A Zen-inspired life can be your life and the way you learn to contribute your unique gifts to the world around you.
WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY
If you feel some disconnect taking place, you are not alone. The “can-do” spirit of Americans has given way to increasing pessimism and cynicism. Even if you work hard and play by the rules life still seems unmanageable. This takes its toll on us. With no solid ground to stand on, it’s easy to doubt yourself as you struggle to find your way
We are living through times of enormous upheaval and stress. Job-insecurity is at all-time high. We are faced with a bewildering array of choices on a daily basis, and a technological environment that is fast paced and all pervasive. As a culture, we no longer seem to share a common ground. It’s easy to feel bewildered, disoriented and fearful