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Welcome to the homepage of the Zen Center for Oriental Spirituality in the Philippines, more commonly known as Zen Center Philippines or ZCP in short. The Center is a lay Zen sangha – a community of spiritual seekers practicing the way of Zen in order to realize wisdom, compassion and wholeness in our lives and in the larger context of society. Our Center provides a setting that enables our members to practice zazen (sitting meditation) and to sustain the Zen experience in daily life.

What is Zen?

There are several ways of answering this question. From the point of view of training and practice, we can say that Zen is a spiritual discipline to realize one’s true self. Zen accomplishes this through silencing the body and the mind using a basic tool: zazen – sitting contemplation centered on the breath. The more one perseveres in Zen, the more one discovers that contemplation can be practiced in all circumstances – whether it is washing dishes, changing a diaper or coping with rush hour traffic.

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Getting Started

Zen is a way of experiencing life directly, without any conceptual attachments. 
This takes practice.

We offer introductory two courses that help those interested to get a taste of what Zen is.

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Practicing Zen

Glimpse

Glimpse into Zen is an introductory seminar that gives a basic taste and idea of what zen is about. It includes actual zazen (sitting contemplation, which is the core of our practice) and question and answer sessions. The Glimpse seminar is an introductory forum that precedes and is a prerequisite for the Zen Orientation Workshop.

Orientation

Comprehensive Zen Orientation Workshops are held over a period of six weeks on Sunday mornings or afternoons. Each workshop provides participants all the necessary physical skills and background information to practice Zen. Participation to the Zen Orientation Workshop is free.

Zazenkai

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Sesshin

Sesshin is a Zen retreat. It involves silence and intensive sitting anywhere from 2 to 8 days.

Sesshin is a Japanese word that means “encounter with the heart”.

Zen Center Philippines holds a minimum of 5 sesshin every year.

Media

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Our Zendo

Marikina San’Un

34 St. Claire Street corner St. Catherine Street
Provident Village, Marikina City
Philippines 1800

Zazenkai every Sunday
9:00am - 12:00 nn

St. Scholastica Manila

St. Scholastica Archives and Museum
2F Pablo Ocampo cor. Sandejas St.
Vito Cruz, Pasay City
Philippines 1800

Zazenkai every Saturday
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Full Circle

2/F Center for Overseas Workers
Good Shepherd Convent
1043 Aurora Blvd. Quezon City
Philippines 1800

- Under Renovation -

Summit

23/F Summit Building
530 Shaw Boulevard,
Mandaluyong City
Philippines 1800

Sitting every Tuesday
6:00pm - 8:00pm