Sitting into the New Year

The tradition continues: Sitting into the New Year – online/on Zoom this year. We will start sitting at 8pm (EST) and alternate 30 minute sits with 10 min walks until shortly before midnight. We then chant Kwan Seum Bosal (Bodhisattva of Compassion) into the New Year until ten minutes or so after midnight.Same zoom link READ MORE

Return of In-Person Sunday Practice

Orlando Zen Center is returning to in-person practice on Sunday evenings at Joybird Books in Audubon Park: 3018 Corrine Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803 Directions. If attending in person, please wear a mask. The Zoom option continues.

New Website

We have recreated our website. Please excuse any mistakes or broken links that we may have overlooked in the process. This website is a work in progress.

ZM Jok Um: How do we respond to hate?

Our Zen Center’s Guiding Teacher, Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel), gave a talk at an interreligious group in New Haven CT. The group meets once a month for part of a year and visits member places of worship and shares thematic presentations. This year’s theme was responding to hate crimes against places of worship. READ MORE

Monthly Long Sit (Zoom) third Saturday of the month!

Every third Saturday of the month, we host a remote long sit through zoom. Please join us as your schedule allows. Once you log into the zoom session, please leave your microphone muted during sitting to reduce background noise. You may have your camera on or off, depending on your situation.

Contact Us

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Guiding Teacher

Our Guiding Teacher is Zen Master Jok Um, (Ken Kessel). ZM Jok Um received inka (authorization to teach in the Kwan Um School of Zen) in April 1996 from Zen Master Seung Sahn after over twenty years of intensive study and practice. In April 2017 he received Zen Master transmission.

Events and Retreats

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There are many kinds if meditation such as counting breaths, watching the breath, keeping a question, using a mantra, chanting, prostrations, clear mind meditation, etc. You can read about these on the Kwan Um site here, and of course there are many other excellent resources. Our group includes experienced practitioners who are happy to talk about all of READ MORE


By becoming a dues-paying member of Orlando Zen Center, you help support its ongoing practice and programs. You’ll also automatically become a member of the international Kwan Um School of Zen, and part of its effort to bring this teaching to new students and to other parts of the world. As a member you will READ MORE