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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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  • ICD Saturday Morning – Meditation for Everyone

    10:00 am - 11:00 am, Saturday February 4, 2023
    Online - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert

    Have questions about meditation? We all do.

    Whether you are curious about exploring meditation for the first time, or you’ve been practicing for years, questions about the instructions, postures, and challenges encountered are entirely normal!

    ICD is pleased to offer a monthly drop-in meditation class at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. The class is geared toward beginners and those wanting a refresher or with questions about their practice. This one-hour class will be offered via Zoom.

    The suggested donation for this class is $20. ICD center and teachers are supported by your generosity. Please give from your ability and heart.

    To join via Zoom click here. For more information please see ICD’s event page.

  • An Evening of Zen – Online

    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday February 7, 2023
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    Join us for an evening of Zen meditation. We will alternate periods of zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Jokai Roshi will offer a dharma talk, followed by an opportunity for one-on-one private interview. Our meeting will be conducted in essential silence with instruction offered at the beginning. This meeting is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. Attendance is particularly encouraged for those wishing to deepen their realization of Zen.


    6:00PM – Welcome and Introductions
    6:05PM – Zazen, Seated Meditation
    6:35PM – 5 Minute Break
    6:40PM – Dharma Talk
    7:20PM – One-on-One Interviews (NOTE: During one-on-one interviews, zazen continues from 7:20PM – 8:30PM with 2 x 30 minute sitting periods interspersed with a walking meditation)
    8:30PM – Closing

    Registration and Payment

    The class is being offered for $25. For LBM Sustaining Members, we are offering the course at a discounted rate of $20.

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

  • ICD Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Sunday February 12, 2023
    ONLINE - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert

    This Sunday Meditation and Dharma Talk will be held live **Online via Zoom ONLY** from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

    There will be time for meditation, a dharma talk, and time for your comments and questions.

    For more information on this event, visit the event page.

    To join by Zoom, click the Zoom Link.