INDIANAPOLIS ZEN CENTER
Offering the practice of Zen Buddhism in central Indiana since 1991
Our programs include retreats with authentic teachers and weekly practice sessions. The Indianapolis Zen Center is a member of the Kwan Um School of Zen, an international organization founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West.
The December retreat will take place on the 21st.
BUDDHA, DHARMA, SANGHA
Join us for daily practice, retreats, and other gatherings
The Indianapolis Zen Center offers several ways for people to begin Zen practice. Every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm a dharma teacher provides a brief orientation for those who are new to sitting meditation. There is no charge and no appointment is necessary. Please arrive a little early so that you can get settled. Those with some practice experience are always welcome to join our regular schedule at the Indianapolis Zen Center without formal orientation and free of charge. We also host monthly one-and-two day retreats.
Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for updates on retreats, poetry readings, and other special gatherings
WHAT IS ZEN?
What are you? If you keep this question you are already practicing Zen. If you lose this question, you lose your life. All the forms used in Zen practice are training in keeping this great question alive. When you bow, who is bowing? When you sit, what is it that is sitting? If you persist in this kind of practice your mind becomes clear and can open up to its original luminous nature. When that happens you fall deeply in love with this world. Then, moment to moment, you can see how to help all beings. That is your original job. That is Zen mind. If you want to bring forth that mind, you are welcome to practice in the tradition of Shakyamuni Buddha, of Boddhidharma, and of all our ancestors in China and Korea and America who have brought Zen Buddhism to our door.
YOU MAKE INDY ZEN POSSIBLE
The Indianapolis Zen Center is a 501(c)3 religious nonprofit that is funded by member dues, donations, and program fees. We have no paid personnel. Please consider making a donation so that the Indianapolis Zen Center can continue to be a compassionate presence in the central Indiana community.
To donate by check, please make payable to Indianapolis Zen Center and mail to:
Indianapolis Zen Center
3703 N. Washington Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
If you have questions about other opportunities to support us, please call us at 317-732-8668. Your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional.
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BECOME A MEMBER
Sangha, the community of practitioners, is one of the Three Jewels of Zen practice. Membership at the Indianapolis Zen Center means supporting the sangha both through practice and monthly dues. Membership also means becoming a part of our international sangha in the Kwan Um School of Zen.
Indianapolis Zen Center members receive the Kwan Um School newsletter and Primary Point journal. Members have preference in available places at retreats and receive a discount on retreat fees. Members have the right to vote for Zen Center leadership or to run for leadership positions.
We ask that members plan to attend practice sessions at least twice a month and to try to sit one retreat a year. Membership dues are $25/month for individuals and $35/month for families.
The Indianapolis Zen Center, through the support of its members, offers a 2500-year-old practice in a traditional lineage to the central Indiana community.
Click here for the Kwan Um Membership Application.
Someone once asked me, “Soen Sa Nim, do you believe in God?” I said, “Of course!” The person was very shocked. “You are a Zen teacher. How can you possibly believe in God?” “I believe my eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind—why not believe everything? I believe this green tree, the blue sky, a barking dog, the smell of incense—why not believe in Buddha or God?” So, you can believe in everything. Believing in everything means realizing that you and everything are never separate.