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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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  • Day-long: Where Are You Going?

    9:00 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday January 29, 2022
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    This day-long retreat will focus on an excerpt from the historical record of Zen Master Tozan, founder of the Caodong school in China. Our day will include ample time for meditation and periods of restful silence, together with Dharma talks and group discussion.


    Zen Master Tozan is recognized as being the main founder of the Caodong (Soto Zen) school in ninth-century China. In this class we will explore the text of a classic interchange between Tozan and his teacher Ungan, which helped to precipitate his enlightenment, said to have occurred upon seeing his reflection in water. Tozan’s enlightenment verse, composed shortly afterwards, contains the essence of integrated awakening, and can serve as a skillful guide as we deepen our practice and realization.


    9:00am – Welcome and Introductions
    9:10am – Opening Meditation
    9:35am – Walking Meditation
    9:40am – Just Sitting Meditation
    10:00am – Dharma Talk: Avoid Seeking Elsewhere
    10:45am – Tea Break (maintain silence)
    11:00am – Just Sitting Meditation
    11:25am – Walking Meditation
    11:30pm – Dharma Talk: Just this is it?
    12:15pm – Lunch Break (maintain silence)
    1:15pm – Meditation
    1:40pm – Walking Meditation
    1:45pm – Meditation
    2:10pm – Discussion and Sharing
    2:30pm – Closing

    Registration and Payment

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

  • LBM Sunday Sit & Dharma Talk

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sunday January 30, 2022
    Online or In-Person! Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    This event will a hybrid of Zoom and in-person attendees for those fully vaccinated. Details can be found here.

    Everyone is welcome to attend LBM’s main Sunday sit where we gather to meditate and have a discussion with our guiding teacher. Sitting together we find support, guidance and the energy to do the challenging work of awakening. Please join us!

    This Sunday Sit will include:

    • Meditation
    • Dharma Talk
    • Q & A Discussion

    Suggested Donation $15

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    • Meeting ID: 901 456 6014
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  • ICD Tuesday Night – Meditation as Refuge

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday February 8, 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.