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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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  • Exploring The Heart Sutra: An Online Retreat

    9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday July 31, 2021
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    This day-long online retreat will focus on the Heart Sutra and include ample time for meditation and periods of restful silence. Dharma talks and discussions will be centered on key aspects of the Heart Sutra.


    “Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness is no other than form”. This sentence encapsulates the essence of the Heart Sutra, a classic sutra of Māhāyana Buddhism. Introducing the fundamental principle of emptiness, the sutra skillfully breaks down conventional truths about reality, pointing to wisdom beyond conceptual understanding. Chanted each day in many temples and practice centers around the world, the Heart Sutra remains a key and trusted resource for dharma practitioners looking to strengthen their contemplation and deepen their realization.


    9:00am – Welcome and Introductions
    9:10am – Opening Meditation
    9:30am – Dharma Talk: The Heart Sutra; Form and Emptiness
    10:10am – Just Sitting Meditation
    10:30am – Tea Break (maintain silence)
    10:50am – Dharma Talk: Negation, followed by Questions and Comments
    11:30pm – Meditation
    12:00pm – Lunch Break (maintain silence)
    1:00pm – Meditation
    1:20pm – Dharma Talk: Integration and Assurance, followed by Questions and Comments
    2:00pm – Meditation
    2:20pm – Discussion and Sharing
    3:00pm – Closing

    Registration and Payment

    Please visit Long Beach Meditation’s registration page.

  • LBM Sunday Sit & Dharma Talk

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sunday August 15, 2021
    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

    • Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/9014566014
    • Password: 042020
    • Meeting ID: 901 456 6014
    • Dial in on your phone (Voice only) +1 669 900 9128
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  • All Day Retreat

    9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday August 28, 2021
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    Save the Date! Please join us for a day-long immersion in silent Zen practice. The schedule includes meditations, dharma talks, lunch break and possibly the option for one-on-one private practice interviews with the teacher.

    Details coming soon!