MissionZen Garland is founded on the wellspring of wisdom and compassion: we care for all creation because it is our Self.
Zen Garland is created to help fulfill our vows to awaken all creation, and Roshi Genki's vows to transmit enlightenment and Zen Garland's mission mind-to-mind to successors.
Zen Garland is committed to the spiritual transformation of individuals, families and communities. Zen Garland offers deep contemplative practice, a strong curriculum of classes and experiential opportunities for spiritual development, and direct engagement in projects for social justice.
Our training place is the world and daily life, not a refuge from it. Our approach is to practice with all aspects of our lives, including the complex dimensions of our emotions, sexuality, relationships and work.
PracticeOur welcoming community provides daily meditation, liturgy and retreats, and manages the Community Study Center & Seminary.
Zen Garland has a General Path that serves as a foundation for spiritual development uniting us all. This Path offers a holistic, phased approach to spiritual development in the following areas: Zen Meditation, Spiritual Guidance with Zen Garland Teachers, Ethics, Social Justice and Social Service, Embodiment, Character Development, and study of Zen Buddhist and other spiritual sources and commentaries.
In addition we offer four advanced Practice Paths – Zen Buddhism, Christian Zen, Native American Zen and Aikido Zen. Each of these Paths offer unique Expressions for Spiritual Development, Teaching and Ordination.
We also offer certification tracks in Pastoral Counseling, Tara Care: Buddhist Hospice Training and Chaplaincy.
OrderRoshi Genki has chosen to develop an order for Zen that maintains the rigorous standards of traditional transmission, while expressing the values and needs of our time: equality between genders, an openness to orientation, engagement in the struggles for social justice, multi-faith and multi-racial cooperation, and the inclusion of psychological dimensions in character development. Read more about 'What is Zen in Zen Garland?'
The Zen Garland Order consists of Member Groups from various faiths and forms of practice, united in Zen Garland’s vision, values, and teachings. We share the holistic Zen Garland core practices and teaching standards, while supporting each other's diversity of expression.