Confluence Zen Center STL

A St. Louis based Zen community dedicated to zazen

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Study Group Announced for Jan-Feb: The Essence of Zen

The zendo will be having another study group, starting 06 Jan, and going through every Thursday until 03 Feb. This one will be oriented for especially for those newer to practice, but having said that, anyone can learn something new.

Daigaku will be discussing Sekkei Harada Roshi’s The Essence of Zen, which he translated and edited.

In true Zen fashion, this book is considered both approachable for the beginner and at the same time, with difficult enough and with enough depth to satisfy the experienced practitioner.

Harada Roshi was Daigaku’s teacher, so it is especially fortunate to have his long-time student and translator to facilitate the study group.

Sessions last from 7:00-8:30 PM with 30 minutes of zazen.

There is a suggested donation of $40 for non-members and $20 for members.

To sign up for the study group or if you have any questions, you may call 314.669.4465 or email at

Rohatsu Sesshin 29 Nov-05 Dec

Rohatsu Sesshin is a weeklong opportunity for zazen. It is the only sesshin that CZC conducts during the year and is the biggest event that we have. It celebrates the day that the Buddha is traditionally said to have received his complete enlightenment, December 8th (which is literally what “Rohatsu” means).

It is meant as an intensive single meditation that is spread out over seven days. All are welcome to attend either the whole sesshin, several days, one day, or any portion within a day. Note that all other normal Zen Center activities are suspended during the week and that the timings of the zazen are different than the normal daily sittings. Please click the link below for a full schedule to see when each session begins.

If you come during zazen mid-day, please sit quietly in the foyer until the next meditation starts.

If you intend to sit a whole day and participate in the meals, please contact the CZC by calling 314.669.4465 or via email at We ask for a donation of $10 for members or $20 for non-menbers to help defray the costs of the meals.

Please consider joining us for all or a portion of that week. It begins Monday, November 29 at 6:20 am, and continues until noon on Sunday, December 5.

For more details about the week’s schedule, please visit the 2021 Sesshin page.

Beginner’s Night Tonight

Tonight we are having our Beginner’s Night instruction, followed by Beginner’s zazen (15 minute zazen, 5 minute kinhin (walking meditation), 10 minute zazen). If you are new to zazen or need a refresher, please come at 6:30PM for guidance on zendo protocols and an introduction to zazen.

See you there!

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