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Long Zazenkai: SUNDAY MAY 2

You are invited to attend one of Jizoan's twice annual day of Long Zazenkai next Sunday May 2 from 7am until 7pm. The day is a serious opportunity to deepen your practice in the traditional manner of silent intensive at the temple.

There are several Zazen sitting periods throughout the day and Sanzen interviews, Lunch and dinner are provided (Shojin Ryojin of the Zen tradition which is Vegan, if you feel you would hate Vegan food for a day, it is only one day).

If you would like to attend please contact us at or through the contact link in the website.

Don't hesitate to ask questions, .


Head Monk Mujyo Roshi

Jisha assistant Mark Unryu Seman

Zen v's Mindullness industry

Essay by Mujyo Roshi

One day in a temple I trained in I had a particularly hard assistant head monk, he had a temper and wasn't a morning person, you felt like avoiding him and you certainly didn’t want to make a mistake in front of him first thing. I remarked to another monk about it, and he wisely said this, ‘well maybe this is his improved version’. This sums up the life of a Zen person, not a community of perfect people, but people trying their best and working everyday a little bit more and a little bit more, having seen themselves and taken up the great work of your life.

This is a big contrast to the rabbit hole of sitting on your cushion of make it all go away, escape into yourself, rinse and repeat, that’s a narcissism, you might as well watch TV to escape, its the same.

Zen is basically organized anti-narcissism. Zen is confronting those narcissistic aspects of yourself, recognizing them and working on it. This is at stark contrast to the standard rhetoric of the Mindfulness industry which is 'retreat', the world hurts you, and here's (technique) how you protect yourself....

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