Due to the hurricane, Carlos will not be attending or doing interviews this Saturday. Instead, we will have a work retreat (combination of yard clean up and sitting) during the regular hours 9am – 3pm. You’re welcome to join us or just wait for us to reschedule with Carlos. If you’re on our email list you’ll be notified first about rescheduling.
We are happy to announce that power has returned to the Zen Center, and regular practice will continue on Thursday the 14th. There is a lot of work remaining to be done around the Center, and any who wish to donate their time are welcome to come by prior to any of our regular practice hours and bag some branches, and of course enjoy the air conditioning!
September 16: ONE DAY RETREAT WITH CARLOS MONTERO, JDPSN (This retreat is cancelled due to Irma, and will be rescheduled.)
Please join us for a one day retreat with Kongan Interviews with Carlos Montero, JDPSN.
Carlos Montero, JDPSN, started practicing meditation in 1997 studying formally in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He founded the South Florida Zen Group in 2000 and has served as the abbot since. Recently, Carlos received Inka from Zen Master Wu Kwang certifying him as a Meditation Master in the Kwan Um school of Zen. Originally from Venezuela, he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and currently works as a chemistry teacher and science education researcher. Carlos also holds a first degree black belt in Aikido and is an avid Masters swimmer. He currently works as a chemistry teacher and is the chair of the science department at NSU’s University School.
The one day retreat will begin at 9am and ends at 4pm. Group practice, individual interviews with the Teacher, and a formal vegan lunch are included. Suggested Donation: $30, but nobody is turned away for financial reasons. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Please register for this retreat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
It’s the 3rd Saturday of the month, and that means OZC is holding a 1 day retreat – the “Long-Sit”. (Of course, there’s walking, eating, chanting and a Dharma Talk, too.) As usual, all the details are found on the dedicated Long-Sit page.
On Saturday, March 4th the South Florida Zen group is hosting Florida Sangha Day at Bo Hyun Sa Temple in Southwest Ranches, near Ft Lauderdale. The event will offer a wonderful opportunity for our Florida-wide Sangha to come together and celebrate our practice and the growth of our various Zen groups across Florida. We hope that you can join us!
The all-day celebration will include many fun and engaging activities (see full schedule). We also hope that the relaxed and friendly atmosphere will encourage you to bring along family and friends and introduce them to our practice and community. Here are some highlights:
Special Guests: Zen Master Wu Kwang (Richard Shrobe) and Ken Kessel JDPSN, the guiding teachers of our Florida Zen groups will be in attendance. They will not only lead some of our activities, but will also be providing kong-an interviews during our formal practice periods that morning.
Engaging Sessions: Include interesting topics such as a workshop on the Vimalakirti Sutra, a panel discussion on ‘Practicing in Uncertain Times’, a special ceremony in celebration of Sangha, and much more.
Food and Refreshments: Breakfast, a ‘Latin-themed’ lunch, and a fun pizza party dinner!
There is no cost to attend. Also, keep in mind that you are welcome to participate in all or just part of the day’s schedule. However, please register (click link below) and let us know that you are coming so we can plan accordingly.