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January 12, 2018


Introducing Open Zen Community

A Branching Streams sangha profile, introducing one of the many sanghas affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center in the Branching Streams network.

Open Zen Community is a small and dedicated Sangha of lay practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area. All of us work full-time as part of our practice.

We meet online each evening to chant the refuges together at 8:25 pm and meet online for zazen and service at 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays. We sit together body-to-body for a half-day sitting every second Sunday and have zazen, kinhin, and a Dharma talk on the fourth Sunday of each month at 3 pm. Our specific emphasis is “awakening where you are, as you are” and we examine the question of the meaning of awakening in lay American life often. All are welcome to join in this dynamic practice of everyday life.


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  1. Julie Allen
    Feb 10 2018

    What a lovely community of practitioners.
    Applying the dharma to every moment of every day is the path of this teacher and this Sangha, bringing the three treasures together completely.
    Beata and OZC meet me where I am and I am filled with gratitude.
    In Gassho,

    • Feb 17 2018

      Thank you, YuKi. Your heartfelt sentiments are much appreciated. Beata

  2. Jonathan Ridley
    Feb 11 2018

    I would like more information on joining.

  3. Feb 17 2018

    Hello, Jonathan, Thank you for your interest in Open Zen Community! At the present time we’re on a bit of a regrouping adventure. Please email me at so we can talk directly. Beata


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