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!
Saturday, May 12th, 3 to 4pm After many years of practice, one of our members will be taking the Buddhist precepts on this day. This is a ceremony called jukai, in which one formally enters the Buddhist path, receives the rakusu (symbol of the Buddha's robe), and a...read more
Zazenkai, Full Day of Meditation Saturday, June 9th 9 am to 3:00 pm Suggested Donation: $35 Members: $25 In Zen, spending extended periods of time immersed in silent practice is viewed as an instrumental part of the practice. At OMZ, we offer monthly...read more