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!

Sunday January 21st – Book Signing with Jeanie Erlbaum

Sunday Jan. 21st, from 11:30 to 12:30 PM (following meditation from 10 to 11 AM):  BOOK SIGNING and FREE CHAIR YOGA CLASS given by Jean Erlbaum, author of SIT WITH LESS PAIN: Gentle Yoga for Meditators and Everyone Else.  Jean will share why she was asked to write Sit...

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Saturday January 27th – Zen Dialogue with Sensei Al

Saturday, January 27th, 10 AM to 5 PM. Zen Dialogue is a method of opening a relationship with various parts of the Self that are disowned, as well as those that we are aware of but not clear about. This simple dialogue method helps us get in touch with the reasons...

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