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February 28, 2012


Marblehead Zen Group Established

After recently serving as assistant to former abbot Ryushin Paul Haller, Myozen Joan Amaral is moving to Marblehead, Massachusetts, at the beginning of March to establish a Zen Center there.

Photo by Roosevelt Ulloa

In an article in the online Marblehead Reporter, reporter David Kellogg described Joan’s meeting in Marblehead with Susan Indresano. Joan, originally from New Hampshire, was visiting a high school friend when Susan saw her walking kinhin as a “grounding” practice. From that intriguing conversation, Susan arranged a meeting with several people in the area who she thought would be interested in a sitting group. Joan was invited to return to Marblehead to lead two well-attended introductory classes for those interested in Zen meditation. And things grew from there.

While working as Paul’s assistant, Joan also offered meditation instruction at the women’s jail, facilitated Zen Center’s Dharma in español group, and taught classes and workshops at City Center and Tassajara. She has also helped with many of the events at Zen Center, as well as offering her enthusiastic kindness and support to many people, residents and non-residents. We all offer her our best wishes and gratitude, as well as our sincere hope for her success and the success of Marblehead Zen Center.


10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Trudy Hartman
    Feb 29 2012

    We’ll miss you, Joan. Thanks for all your kind, attentive help, and friendship with my mother and father. Come visit.

  2. don wiepert
    Feb 29 2012

    Do I have to move now, once again in my life. This time to New England? Well it will be a good chance to practice indeterminacy in life. I will miss your sparkly hellows, and the way you manifest the practice. Be Well. Love Don

  3. Feb 29 2012

    I am so happy for you Joan! Your kindness and steadfast practice will surely benefit so many at Marblehead. Best wishes and much love!

  4. Linda Larsson
    Feb 29 2012

    What a wonderful flowing story, Joan. Lucky Marblehead to have you!
    All my best wishes go with you on this new journey.
    Your clear, gentle, kind presence during the EPP program is still with me as I practice, practice, practice.
    Many blessings,

  5. Mar 1 2012

    Congratulations Joan. Send an address when you’ve got one.

    Best Wishes and keep walking like an Elephant!

  6. Darja Trivan
    Mar 2 2012

    Dear Joan, I do not know if I ever went again to sfzc, but I would miss you very much. You will be then almost halfway to Slovenia, so you can join and come with Paul Haller in May.
    Thank you for all your kind and caring attention. Big hug, Darja

  7. Jane Jasper
    Mar 6 2012

    Wow, Joan, that’s great! Very excited for you & them. =0) Best of all good things to you. Bows.

  8. Erin M
    Mar 10 2012

    I’m very interested. Where is the Marblehead Zen Center located? Erin

  9. cathy toldi
    Mar 14 2012

    Joan, how happy I feel to read this! You were my guiding light and comrade-on-the-path during Fall 2006 Ango. I look forward to hearing news about your continued development in sharing the buddhadharma.

  10. mayra luna
    Mar 18 2012

    Hola ya regrese muy triste por tu traslado pero la ensenanza debe continuar se que vas a servir de inspiracion a otras personas y esa semillita que sembraste aqui debe seguir germinando y creciendo aqui y donde tu pases te quiero mucho y te agradesco tus ensenanzas.


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