Open Mind Zen Naples
is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering donation-based meditation and yoga to the Naples community. Zen is a Japanese word meaning “meditation.” At Open Mind Zen, meditation is the heart of our practice. We believe that the core of Zen Practice is realization and actualization of Awakened Mind in everyday life and have found that various methods foster this journey.
In Open Mind Zen practice the student uses his or her own life experience as the laboratory to engage in the experiment of spirituality. This includes working with the mind, body and spirit to see the oneness of all aspects of the Self for a complete experience of freedom and awakening.
We use simple techniques that have been used for thousands of years. We offer mindfulness meditation as well as traditional Zen training, including koan study. We also understand that the body is a vehicle on the path, so we incorporate modern forms of yoga. We are part of an unbroken lineage dating back to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, over 2500 years ago. We invite you to join us! Beginners and experienced meditators are always welcome to drop in to any offering.
Coming up at OMZ!
In Zen practice, extended periods of immersion in meditation are seen as essential along the path. Zazenkai means "coming together for meditation." This is a wonderful opportunity for a full day of deep practice with the support of experienced teachers and a...read more
Saturday, December 1st, 10 am to noon. Suggested donation: $25 for Nonmembers. $20 for OMZ members and students. Space is limited. Please register below. This series of workshops has become an Open Mind Zen favorite! Interactive, educational, and inspiring! The...read more
Saturday, January 19th, 2 to 4pm. Led by Anne McLaughlin, artist and member of Open Mind Zen. This afternoon offers a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in meditation and the creative process. This is an alternative practice path, a method of making visible what...read more