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The word “Zen” itself means meditation, and is at once immediate and ancient.
We often drop koans into our sitting ~ stories of our founders that help us explore and find freedom.

Writer & Zen Teacher Susan Murphy in conversation with Jon Joseph Roshi
January 24th, 2024
Wednesday Evening, 6–7:30 pm Pacific Time

Susan Murphy Roshi is the founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney and has served as guiding teacher there for two decades. She joins Jon Joseph to talk about her most recent book, A Fire Runs Through All Things: Zen Koans for Facing the Climate Crisis. Join us. All are welcome. Registration link coming soon. Read more

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from 6~7:30 pm Pacific Time
We meet every week on Zoom
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“I have practiced Zen for many years and found the people at San Mateo Zen to be friendly and welcoming. Discussions of koans were inspiring. Thanks for a lovely time.”  ~ Polly C. 

“The San Mateo Zen Community is a comfortable place to practice, open and supportive. Zen Roshi Jon Joseph is kind, understanding; he teaches immediacy.”  ~ Jeff S.

“Thank you for this blog post JJ, I really love your teaching! ‘Laughter at the utter ridiculousness of worrying that even one thing in all the universe was out of place.’ Yes, perfect! So good to be with you last weekend.”  ~ Ellen F.