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  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 7:25am-1:30pm
  • Zazenkai is a half-day intensive meditation opportunity held at EBZ. It includes zazen, kinhin, an encouragement talk, one short break and the opportunity for daisan. Registration is $10. We ask that you sign up and register in advance by using EBZ's shared Google Sheets spreadsheet LINK. If you have never been to a zazenkai or have any questions, contact Ron Manning ronjanman@aol.com.

    Payment for the zazenkai can be made via PayPal or check. Click HERE to pay via PayPal, but remember to register via the Google spreadsheet link provided above. If you prefer to pay by check, make your check payable to Empty Bowl Zendo and mail to PO Box 640, Morristown, NJ 07963-0640. For further info including parking, link to the zazenkai tab. Registration will be accepted up to the Friday before, but please register in advance.


  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 8:0am-9:30am
  • Add an art practice to your Zen program. EBZ offers a Japanese-type calligraphy class to anyone in the local Zen community that is interested. Classes are usually scheduled for the fourth Saturday of the month, church and zendo activities permitting, 8:00-9:30am, at EBZ. Contact Ron Manning ronjanman@aol.com or (973) 997-0101 if you plant to attend. Supplies can be provided for first timer "curiosity seekers". We are in our third year now, and program veterans have made real progress. Suggested contribution is $10.


    EBZ recruits volunteers for set-up on a monthly basis, without a long-term commitment, for Tuesdays as well as Thursdays. We need two volunteers for each day. You may volunteer for either day, or both, for the entire month. We use a Google Sheet for the sign-up, a different one from the zazenkai sign-up. Click HERE to access the sign-up Google Sheet link. If you have questions or difficulties with the Sheet, email Ron ronjanman@aol.com or call him (973) 997-0101.

    SPRING 2017 ANGO - "Life is Practice, Practice is Life"

  • March 26 - May 6, 2017
  • Ango, meaning "peaceful dwelling" dates back to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha when the sangha would gather before the monsoon (when travel was difficult) in order to focus and deepen practice. Following this tradition, EBZ is holding a six-week Spring Ango. It began at the end of the Garrison sesshin and will conclude at EBZ's May 6 zazenkai. For more complete info and updates about EBZ's Ango, link to EBZ's ANGO tab.


  • MAY 16, 17, 18
  • Due to church programming, there will be no zazen on Tuesday-May 16, Wednesday-May 17, and Thursday-May 18.


  • May 10, 17, 24, 31 at Prana Yoga Center, Denville
  • Sensei Ray will be presenting a 4-week workshop "Discovering Your Original Face" to introduce you to the essentials of Zen practice and give you a method to wake up your life. For complete info, LINK to the flyer.


    For those of you who like to plan ahead, please be aware we have changes in time and place for the September Sesshin. Instead of going to Garrison Institute in NY from September 21-24, we will be going to the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA from Sept 28-Oct 1. Details will be announced in the spring.


    Link to the Teachings tab on our website to hear talks from this past year.


    Link here to read EBZ's year-end donation request written by Dale Spriggs.


    Weekly Zazen Contributions & Timing Details

  • A $5 contribution for zazen is requested. A basket is available at the door monthly, quarterly, or yearly contributions are accepted as well.
  • Tuesday Evenings

  • 6:00pm Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:25pm Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 6:30pm - 8:10pm Zazen
  • Wednesday Mornings **

  • 6:50am Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:55am Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Zazen (two twenty-five minute periods)
  • Thursday Mornings **

  • 6:50am Zendo opens (approximately)
  • 6:55am Practitioners expected to be on their cushion
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Zazen (two twenty-five minute periods)
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