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 offer mindfulness meditation as well as traditional Zen training, including koan study.
We also understand that the body is a vehicle on the path and incorporate various forms of physical practice as a path to awakening. Our lineage dates back over 2,500 years to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. In Zen, the “beginner’s mind” is most precious, so beginners are welcome to join us at any time. Experienced meditators from all traditions are also welcome to drop in to any offering.
View our New Meditation Schedule online.

OMZN HAS CANCELLED ALL IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, CHECK OUR WEEKLY MEDIATION SCHEDULE FOR VIRTUAL EVENTS.

OMZN – Virtual Zendo

    We are pleased to announce the opening of our Virtual Zendo! Due to the state of the pandemic with Coronavirus COVID-19, we have switched all our activities online. Please join us to practice.View Weekly  MeditationSchedule.

2020 Ango: Cooking The Supreme Meal

2020 Ango: Cooking The Supreme Meal. In today’s modern world, “2020” is synonymous with clear vision.  A traditional way of generating clarity in our lives is participating in Ango. Ango is a traditional practice period where those engaged step up their practice for a...

2019 Teacher’s Letter

Dear Sangha and Friends of Open Mind Zen Naples, As 2019 comes to a close, I would like to express my deep gratitude to all of our members, students, and friends that made this year such a meaningful one. Many stepped up this year to take on new roles and...

Lay Monk Precepts (Tokudo) Ceremony

On November 3rd, Karen Kyokai Lasker and Dominick Koshin Tascher have formalized their commitments to the Sangha and the Bodhisattva Path by receiving Lay Monk Vows from Sensei Al Fusho Rapaport. Almost thirty Sangha members and friends were present for their...

Coming up at OMZN!

OMZN – Virtual Zendo

    We are pleased to announce the opening of our Virtual Zendo! Due to the state of the pandemic with Coronavirus COVID-19, we have switched all our activities online. Please join us to practice.View Weekly  MeditationSchedule.

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