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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 Tuesday Night – Meditation as Refuge

    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday June 18, 2024
    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.

  • An Evening of Zen – Online

    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday July 9, 2024
    Online - Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    Remaining 2024 Dates
    July 9th ~ September 10th

    Join us for an evening of Zen meditation. We will alternate periods of zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation). Jokai Roshi will offer an opportunity for one-on-one private interview, followed by a dharma talk. Our meeting will be conducted in essential silence with guidance offered at the beginning.

    A one-on-one interview is a private meeting with a teacher to discuss your meditation practice and ask any questions you might have. Interviews are optional for newcomers and encouraged for regular practitioners.

    This meeting is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. Attendance is particularly encouraged for those wishing to deepen their realization of Zen. This evening retreat is offered quarterly.


    6:00PM – Welcome and Introductions
    6:05PM – Zazen, Seated Meditation
    6:35PM – Walking Meditation
    6:40PM – Zazen, Seated Meditation
    7:10PM – Walking Meditation
    PLEASE NOTE: One-on-one interviews take place in a private break-out room during the sitting and walking meditation. Interviews are optional.
    7:15PM – Dharma Talk with questions and comments
    8:00PM – 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.

  • LBM Sunday Dharma

    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sunday July 14, 2024
    Online or In-Person! Presented by Long Beach Meditation

    On Sunday afternoons Long Beach Meditation offers meditation practice and a Dharma Talk by one of our established Teachers and on special occasions invited guests. This class invites participants to find support, guidance, and the energy to do the challenging work of awakening. After a welcoming introduction, the bell is rung to begin our 30-minute meditation. There is a short break to stretch our legs, use the restroom, have a cup of tea, and chat with others. Returning to our seats, the remaining time allows for a Dharma Talk followed by discussion and questions and answers. We concluded with a brief metta chant for those who would like to join:

    May all beings be happy and safe from harm.
    May all beings be healthy in body and in mind.
    May all beings be peaceful and free from suffering.

    This class is suitable for all levels of experience and is held both in person and online. All are welcome and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

    Suggested Donation $15

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