Atlantic Soto Zen Center
Zen practice has a long and wonderful history extending back over 2500 years. If you are looking for a place to practice Zazen and enhance Zen training please note that the Atlantic Soto Zen Center in central Halifax, Nova Scotia offers a range of Zen practice opportunities every Sunday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00. Everyone is welcome to take part in any one or all parts of our Sunday service. Our Sunday morning services are presently held at the Dalhousie Multifaith Centre, 1321 Edward Street (corner of Edward St. and University Avenue). (Google Maps Link)
You might be an experienced practitioner looking for a group to practice with, or perhaps you have been practicing on your own, or you may have read about Zen and would like to look into the Great Matter. If you do not know what Zen practice is, but would like to find out, you might wish to attend our newcomers sessions at 10:45 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month (see schedule page on this web site). Anyone who wishes to be notified of events which the center is sponsoring can be added to our e mail list upon request (see subscribe page). You will receive a notice once per month of events taking place throughout the Mokurai Silent Thunder Order.
There is a coat rack in the foyer and the bathroom is located at the end of the hall just to the left of the kitchen. It is customary to remove your shoes before entering the meditation hall. Enter the meditation hall quietly so as not to disturb others. It is traditional to bow to the alter, your cushion, then across the hall to the other members when you enter, then sit on a cushion, bench or chair facing the center of the room. Tea is served at the beginning of the first meditation period. We sit facing the wall during subsequent zazen periods.
This Zendo offers a traditional Soto Zen ceremony including Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Dharma Practice Interview (one to one discussion with a senior member) and Dharma study (formal group Dharma lectures/discussions), incense offering and chanting. Should you feel uncomfortable with any part of this service feel free to not participate by remaining still or stepping aside. The priests and disciples of the Zen Center are present to offer whatever assistance you require to help you understand what Zen is and encourage you in your Zen practice/enlightenment. Feel free to ask questions or assistance from them during group discussions or individually during individual interview or following announcements. We hope you will visit. Everyone is welcome, come sit Zazen.
For further information call 902 852 4323 or e mail tesshinjamessmith (at) gmail.com .
Halifax Affiliate Sangha
Mokurai Silent Thunder Order