Abbot Steve VanEtten     taesahn.sv@gmail.com     937.499.3490

Effective Tuesday 3/24/15, we are practicing at a new location at new times:

Asian Arts Center
1630 E. Stroop Road
Kettering, OH 45429

Sunday - 8 to 9:15 am
Tuesday - 7:30 to 8:45 pm

The goal of the Zen Fellowship of Dayton is to create a non-resident sanctuary for Zen training and practice.  We offer an open door to anyone of any faith and experience level interested in the path of Zen inquiry.

Zen Master Dae Gak, the guiding teacher of the ZFD and all centers affiliated with Furnace Mountain Zen Center, was given Inka in 1986 and Dharma transmission by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1994. He has been practicing Zen for over 30 years in both the Korean and Japanese traditions. Our resident teacher Myogetsu Osho (Mark Davis) has been practicing with Zen Master Dae Gak since 1994. The center is run by Abbot Steve VanEtten.

Other local affiliated centers under the guidance of Zen Master Dae Gak:

Can we find in our hearts the capacity, in a moment, to wake up?  In a moment of listening, not judging what's being heard, not agreeing with what's being heard, not going along with what's being heard, but to find in the very listening itself, in the very effort to come together and find some truth outside of doctrine, outside of institution, outside of spiritual movement, outside of belief in someone else.  To have absolute faith in one's own capacity just here, just now to awaken again and again. --Zen Master Dae Gak, March 2008

Zen simply means "meditation." It is the practice of inquiry, the act of studying the self, of looking into the matter of our lives, of investigating the fundamental questions that arise from our sentience: Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we suffer? What is our correct role in this world and our correct relationship with others? How can we truly help?

In keeping these questions alive and open without containing them in tidy answers, we awaken to seeing things as they truly are, which is to say as constant change and flux. And in this openness arises our original nature, which is compassionate, concerned with alleviating the suffering of all beings.

Practice is from 8 to 9:15 am on Sundays, and 7:30 to 8:45 pm on Tuesdays.

Newcomers are encouraged to be early so we can review practice forms. To minimize distraction, please dress in darker, low-key attire. We do not have sitting cushions yet. You may bring your own if you wish, but we have plenty of chairs.

Practice consists of sitting and walking meditation and is opened with a short period of chanting. Please don't let unfamiliarity with these forms be a reason for not investigating Zen practice. Participants at all levels of experience are always welcome. Just let us know you are visiting for the first time and we will provide some basic introduction. For those who wish for a more formal entry we offer introductory workshops throughout the greater Sangha several times a year.

Myogetsu Osho attends practice monthly, offering dharma talks and interviews (dokusan, individual meetings to discuss questions of practice). See the Cincinnati Zen Center Event Schedule for dates.

Donations are appreciated, but not necessary for participation. Donations will be used to cover our space rental and purchase meditation cushions.

Asian Arts Center
1630 E. Stroop Road
Kettering, OH 45429

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Please contact us if you have further questions: Abbot Steve VanEtten, taesahn.sv@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest in the Dharma.