KWAN UM SCHOOL OF ZEN
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Looking for support with Zen practice?
Welcome to Kwan Um Zen Online, a new virtual practice community in the tradition of the Kwan Um School of Zen. Zen means understanding our true self—what am I? It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feelings to uncover our natural wisdom, love, and compassion, so that we can help ourselves and this world.
We currently provide these ways to practice together online:
- Streaming Zen practice (sitting meditation and chanting)
- Live Question & Answer sessions once a month
- Ask a Teacher: Email correspondence with Senior Dharma Teachers
- Online Kong-An Interviews
- Online workshops and dharma talks
- Participation in the private WhatsApp group
- Participation in the private Facebook group
Streaming Zen Practice
Online streaming Zen practice provides an opportunity for anyone, in any location, to practice together with sangha. It also provides a virtual space to discuss questions about Zen, meditation and how to use it in everyday life.
We currently offer livestream sitting meditation sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 6am PST. In the future, we plan to expand our streaming practice to additional time zones. If you’re new to Zen practice, we encourage you to read this information about meditation before joining streaming practice:
Our practice also includes Kong-An (Koan, Jap.) training. The purpose of kong-an practice is to help us cut through our thinking and return to our original nature so that we can act clearly in everyday life and in our relationships, and is an essential part of Zen training. You can now participate in kong-an practice online, through a private Skype or Google Hangouts interview with one of our Zen masters or Dharma masters (JDPSNs, Ji Do Poep Sa Nim in Korean).
Ask a Teacher
Another opportunity to ask questions about Zen practice is through email correspondence with one of our Senior Dharma Teachers. Send an email with your question(s) to: email@example.com In most cases, you will receive a response within three or four days.
Here are some other ways to connect and find practice support online.
- Main Kwan Um School of Zen Facebook Page
- Kwan Um Online Sangha Private Facebook Group (Members Only)
- Kwan Um Online Sangha WhatsApp chat (Members Only)
Our online practice sangha is just getting started, so we will continue to expand our offerings to include additional streaming practice times, dharma talks, video instruction, and more.
Another opportunity to ask questions about Zen practice is through consulting interviews. Consulting interviews are an opportunity to ask questions and is a valuable source of support for people beginning practice as well for experienced practitioners. They do not include kong-an practice.