shoesWelcome! Many of us come to a point in our lives when we experience significant questions about who we are and where we're going. After so many years of living with unexamined assumptions, we find ourselves face-to-face with one of life's great questions: "What am I?"

Over 2,500 years ago, this same question caused Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha, to begin a personal quest for discovery. Through open-hearted meditation practice, Buddha found that each of us has the capacity for discovering our true nature.

When we sincerely ask, “What am I?” we become intimate with our suffering, discover its source, and perceive the role of cause and effect in our lives. Zen meditation gives us a way of nurturing this question and, as we do so, our attachments, ideas, opinions, and prejudices begin to fall away. Then, the true meaning of our life becomes clear and we can begin to function in a way that is helpful to ourselves and those around us.

Blue Heron Zen Community invites you to experience the practice of Zen meditation in a supportive, warm-hearted environment. At Blue Heron Zen Community you'll learn basic Zen practice techniques, including meditation and chanting. Most importantly, you'll learn how this ancient practice can help reduce suffering. The only way to benefit from Zen is to do it.

Blue Heron Zen Community has centers in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. If you are new to Zen or our Community, plan to attend an Introduction to Zen. If you're a seasoned practitioner in our tradition, we invite you to practice Zen with us.

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