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Living Zen is a project of Tenryu Jokai Blackwell offering regular dharma talks via podcast, writings and news of upcoming events.

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  • The Three Jewels Of Buddhism: A Daylong Retreat

    9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday May 28, 2022
    IN PERSON - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    This in-person day long retreat will include ample time for meditation and periods of restful silence as well as dharma talks and discussion, focused on awakening, teachings and community.


    Buddha (awakened one), Dharma (teachings), and Sangha (community), together form the refuge of living Buddhism. How do we bring these ancient teachings to life with ever more meaningful expression? The practice of meditation cultivates the mind ground that makes realization possible. In the midst of everyday activity, supported by our connections, we can take refuge in the three jewels of a shining practice, refining our ability to face the challenges of this precious life.


    9:00am – Welcome and Introductions
    9:10am – Opening Meditation (posture, breathing, mind)
    9:35am – Walking Meditation
    9:40am – Meditation (open awareness)
    10:10am – Tea Break (maintain silence)
    10:30am – Dharma Talk on the Three Jewels with Questions and Comments
    11:30pm – Meditation
    12:00pm – Lunch Break
    1:00pm – Sitting Meditation
    1:25pm – Walking Meditation
    1:30pm – Dharma Talk
    2:15pm  – Sitting Meditation
    2:40pm – Reflections and Sharing
    3:00pm – Metta Chant and Closing

    Registration and Payment

    Please see Long Beach Meditation’s event page to register.

  • 3-Part Series – Online Retreat

    Saturday June 11, 2022 - Saturday June 25, 2022
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    Please join us for a multi-day online retreat which will be held three consecutives Saturdays: June 11th, 18th and 25th. Details are forthcoming. Check back soon. Hope to see you there!

  • ICD Tuesday Night – Meditation as Refuge

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday June 14, 2022
    Online - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert

    Meditation as Refuge extends a weekly invitation to everyone who would like to explore meditation as a support for their spiritual development. The intention is to focus on realizing our innate capacity for care, compassion and mutual respect. This event welcomes everyone, beginning meditators and experienced practitioners alike.

    Cost: Donation basis, there is no charge to participate. ICD center and teachers are supported by your generosity. Please give from your ability and heart.

    To join via Zoom click here.