Kwan Um Zen Online
No local sangha nearby?
Looking for support with Zen practice?
Welcome to Kwan Um Zen Online, a new virtual practice community in the tradition of the Kwan Um School of Zen. Zen means understanding our true self—what am I? It is an opportunity to see through our habitual thinking and feelings to uncover our natural wisdom, love, and compassion, so that we can help this world.
We currently provide these ways to practice together online:
• Streaming Zen practice (sitting meditation and chanting)
• Ask a Teacher: Email correspondence with Senior Dharma Teachers
Streaming Zen Practice
Online streaming Zen practice provides an opportunity for anyone, in any location, to practice together with sangha. It also provides a virtual space to discuss questions about Zen, meditation and how to use it in everyday life.
We currently offer livestream sitting meditation sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 6am PST. In the future, we plan to expand our streaming practice to additional time zones.
If you’re new to Zen practice, we encourage you to read this information about meditation before joining streaming practice:
Ask a Teacher
Another opportunity to ask questions about Zen practice is through email correspondence with one of our Senior Dharma Teachers. Send an email with your question(s) to:
In most cases, you will receive a response within three or four days.
Here are some other ways to connect and find practice support online:
- Main Kwan Um School of Zen Facebook Page
- Kwan Um Online Sangha Facebook Page
- Insight Meditation Timer app (Under “Groups” search for “Kwan Um Zen”.)
Our online practice sangha is just getting started, so we will continue to expand our free offerings to include additional streaming practice times, dharma talks, video instruction, and more. Soon, membership will be available to include private online interviews (an important part of our practice tradition), discounts for retreats, and more.
Our practice also includes Kong-An (Koan) training. The purpose of kong-an practice is to help us cut through our thinking and return to our original nature so that we can act clearly in everyday life and in our relationships, and is an essential part of Zen training. You can now participate in kong-an practice online, through a private Skype or Google Hangouts interview with one of our Zen masters or Dharma masters (JDPSNs).
Another opportunity to ask questions about Zen practice is through consulting interviews. Consulting interviews are an opportunity to ask questions and is a valuable source of support for people beginning practice as well for experienced practitioners. They do not include kong-an practice.
For further information about Zen practice, please see the resources available here:
Join us today!