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All meetings are currently online ~ Times are listed in Pacific time
No message posted on a website heals the suffering being caused in our country by systemic racism, particularly the anguish and conflict caused by the inexcusable, repeated murders of unarmed black people, often by those sworn to protect us.
For what it is worth, Bright Way Zen bears witness to the injustice, empathizes with those suffering persecution and loss, acknowledges the culpability of white people in perpetuation of a racist system, and promises to do what we can to bring about a more just world for all.
A Note about Allergies:
When meeting at our Zendo, we minimize the use of incense (we light a stick momentarily at the beginning of a meditation period, offer it at the altar, and then immediately put it out).
We have passed our goal and raised $11,400 with still a week left in our fundraiser!
Thanks to those who donated or pledged to the Bright Way Forward campaign:
Jinryu Janna Allgood ~ Pat Almond ~ Sabrina Biffer ~ Linda Brown ~ Shoketsu Ellen Carlin ~ Franklin Colbert ~ Jonathan Crighton ~ Emilia Cutrer ~ Troy Dillard ~ Michael Dunham ~ Sophia Ellis ~ Marta Farris ~ Tokusho Robert Flory ~ Sean Graham ~ James Gregg ~ Susan Hanson ~ Colin Hill ~ Alice Holland ~ Ruth Ann Homan ~ Molly Howell ~ Marcia Kahn ~ Bob Kempter ~ Cameron Kidd ~ Kemyo Audrey Lingley ~ Chris Maher ~ Lisa Markel ~ Joan Maurer ~ Mary Mead ~ Victor Miranda ~ Jakuren Stephen Morgan ~ Erica Patino ~ David Quezada ~ Tyler Roach ~ Jessica Robyns ~ Linda Roth ~ Paulette Sato ~ Betty Smoot ~ Ellen Trachtenberg ~ Yeshe Tsokyi ~ Karen Vranizan ~ Gathel Weston ~ “a friend in Pensacola”
Did you donate but your name isn’t listed? We’ve only included names of donors who gave us permission to list them, and are doing our best to keep track; if you want to be listed please just let us know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: Because of COVID-19, all of our meetings are currently online. When we re-open our physical Zendo, in-person participants will need to submit proof of full vaccination and wear masks. Check our COVID updates page for more info, including estimated re-opening date.
Our events will continue to be accessible online after re-opening! See our Online Practice page for how to join us by Zoom.
Bright Way Zen’s Mission
Our mission is to help people find spiritual peace, deepen their wisdom, and manifest compassion. We do this by providing access to the teachings and practices of Soto Zen Buddhism, maintaining a harmonious and welcoming spiritual community, and supporting a vital and sustainable Zen center that will be here for future generations.
Click here to read our Vision.
Update on Our COVID-19 Measures & Re-Opening Plans
Connect to Our Sangha Using Zoom
Zoom video is a free program that lets you connect to a videoconference meeting.
Our Teacher Domyo’s Weekly Podcast:
Statement of Inclusivity
This Sangha acknowledges that suffering is a human condition which can be made worse because of biases or prejudices for or against any race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual identity, political party, or other belief or position. This Sangha welcomes and affirms all who come here to seek the Way, and who will work toward respectful acceptance of others across our many differences, harmonizing the one and the many.
We also acknowledge that bias, prejudice, and privilege can be blinding. If you experience anything at Bright Way that isn’t consistent with the aspiration in our Statement of Inclusivity, please let us know. You can contact our teacher, Domyo, confidentially via email (info[at]brightwayzen.org).