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No admission fees. No required membership dues. No monthly interest payments. Just authentic zen practice in the Roshi Philip Kapleau tradition - that's who we are.

And no pandemic - even a year-long one - has changed that.

But it has reduced in-person attendance and that has reduced donations to our Dana box and that has left us this year with an unprecedented income deficit of $2,942.57 to be precise.

If you could help retire that deficit with a year-end gift, we would be grateful (we are a 501-C 3 charitable organization and your gift may be tax deductible.

But we are grateful anyway - grateful for your practice, grateful for this center and grateful for the priceless three treasures - the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. Here’s to a happy new year!

In gassho,

Jeff George
For the CWZC Board and Officers

Current Schedule and Guidelines

The Clear Water Zen Center is open for formal service each Sunday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The schedule is subject to change, but the first Sunday of each month usually includes chanting; the second Sunday, a dharma talk; the third Sunday, an open dharma talk with sangha participation and reading from “The Three Pillars of Zen;” the fourth Sunday, daisan; and the rare fifth Sunday, three rounds of sitting. We also have less formal, shorter gatherings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. led by group members.

During the pandemic, we are adhering to CDC guidelines that include limiting in-person participation to 10 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, wearing masks and social distancing. More guidance is also available on our website, Facebook and Meetup platforms. You may contact us at or by calling (727) 537-0869. If you would like the link to Zoom the Sunday service, please let us know.


Dharma Talk - April 12, 2020, Jeff George


Dharma Talk - April 5, 2020, Jeff George


Virtual Sittings and Links to Home Meditation Timing Videos

The recent turn of events has left many of us wondering how to best continue our practice at home. To help with that we are offering live-streamed "virtual" sittings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm-8pm and on Sunday from 9:30am-11:30am. If you would like to participate in these sittings, please send Jeff your email address, at, so he can send you an invitation via Zoom. When the meeting time is scheduled to start, simply click on the link provided in the email and you will enter the virtual Zendo. As a further reminder, these are virtual sittings only – the Center is closed so please do NOT come to the Center in person.

We have also created a set of meditation timing videos which are posted on youtube and available to the Sangha. These videos try to simulate the meditation sittings in the Clear Water Zen Center's zendo as well as make time keeping more convenient while practicing at home. Below are links to 20 minute and 35 minute meditation timing videos for your use in your daily practice. If you find them helpful they can be bookmarked on your computer or cell phone for daily use.

Take care and be well!

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