Atlantic Soto Zen Center
The founder of Zen and all Buddhism, Siddhartha Gotama (Shakyamuni Buddha) is not worshiped or considered a god. He was an ordinary person like you or me who was troubled by the problem of suffering, which he observed in his life and the lives of those around him. You may have noticed the same problem!
His successful attempt to grasp the cause of suffering is greatly respected and his method of awakening to the truth and alleviating suffering have been practiced and passed down. You might be an experienced Zen practitioner looking for a group to practice with, or perhaps you have been practicing on your own, or you have read about Zen and would like to begin practice with the support of a group and guidance of a tramsmitted priest. Or, in this society where the term "zen" is used to descibe everything from minimalist decor to cat food... you may just be curious as to what Zen really is.
Zen practice has a long and wonderful history extending back over 2500 years or ninety generations.
The Atlantic Soto Zen centre, located in central Halifax, Nova Scotia, offers traditional Soto Zen training including Zazen (sitting meditation), Kinhin (walking meditation), Dokusan (one to one practice interview with priest), Dharma study (formal group lectures/discussions of the lives and teachings of our Zen Ancestors), incense offering, chanting, formal Jukai Initiation (taking of Buddhist vows), and Disciple/Priest training.
The priest and disciples of the Zen Center are present to offer whatever assistance you require to help you grasp the meaning in life and encourage you in your Zen practice/enlightenment. In the words of our Abbot, "We're the ground crew, you're in the pilot's seat!"
Everyone is welcome to take part in any or all parts of our service schedule which is presently held on Sunday mornings in the Prayer & Meditation Room of the Dalhousie Multifaith Centre, 1321 Edward Street (corner of Edward St. and University Avenue). (Google Maps Link)
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 including a teaching from our Abbot, Zenkai Taiun Elliston, roshi.
For further information call 902 852 4323 or e mail tesshinjamessmith (at) gmail.com .
Rev. Unzan Tesshin Smith
Associate Abbot of Training
Mokurai Silent Thunder Order
Soto Zen Chaplain & Coordinator
Dalhousie University Multifaith Centre