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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 Practice of Doing Nothing at All (Online)

    10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday December 11, 2021
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    Join me in the exploration and practice of Shikantaza or Just Sitting meditation.

    Our practice will include sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk and time for questions and discussion.


    The art of just sitting meditation provides the opportunity to directly touch the heart-mind. In going beyond method, we allow present experience to reveal itself. In doing nothing at all, self-constructions that we perceive as hindrances can be dissolved. In this half day meeting we will practice the subtle and profound art of zen just sitting.

    This class offers the opportunity for focused, in-depth meditation. It is suitable for practitioners of all experience levels.


    10:00am – Welcome
    10:05am – Opening Grounding Meditation
    10:25am – Walking Meditation
    10:30am – Just Sitting Meditation
    10:50am – Dharma Talk followed by Questions and Comments
    11:30pm – Short Break
    11:45pm – Just Sitting Meditation
    12:10pm – Walking Meditation
    12:15pm – Just Sitting Meditation
    12:45pm – Group Discussion
    1:00pm – Closing

    Registration & Payment

    Please see LBM’s event page for details on how to signup.

  • ICD Sunday Meditation & Dharma Talk

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sunday December 26, 2021
    HYBRID - Presented by Insight Community of the Desert

    Join in-person or online.

    For information on attending this event at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, please see ICD’s event page.

    To join by Zoom, click the Zoom Link.