Zazen, Sitting Meditation
Meditation is the core of Zen practice. Meditation deepens over time, and can be a lifetime pursuit. Benefits can include increased awareness and concentration, a lessening of stress, and a greater sense of well-being. Walking meditation is offered in between sitting periods. We have both cushions and chairs for sitting.
The body is our gateway to the present moment. Through practice, we can learn to fully inhabit, cherish, and enjoy this body. Yoga practice prepares the body for deep meditation. We offer a variety of styles of yoga, all taught by experienced and nurturing teachers.
Zen is a process of uncovering unconscious habits and ways of seeing our lives. A teacher can act as a mirror, encouraging and enabling us to see our blind spots. At OMZ, students have the opportunity of working closely with teachers one-on-one.
Koans are traditional stories or interactions between students and teachers, most of which come from the Golden Age of Zen in ancient China. Their purpose is to direct us toward realization of our True Self. Koans are paradoxical in nature. They encourage us to examine our reliance on the logical mind and open to more creative problem solving.