Empty Gate Zen Center

Berkeley
,  
United States

The center was founded in 1977 by Zen Master Seung Sahn, the great Korean Zen Master who first came to the U.S. in 1972. With a more modern approach to Buddhism the center's purpose is providing formal zen practice to a diverse group of people. The center is currently located in Berkeley California, with two more branches located in Santa Clara and Boise, Idaho.

Tradition & Practice
Buddhism
Zen
Kind of Place
Center

Practice and Meditation

Some of the offerings at the Empty Gate Zen Center, in Berkeley, include: daily practices and monthly retreats, as well as Dharma talks, and private interviews with their guiding teacher. All of the programs are open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or background.

The Place

In 1977 Dr. Ezra Clark and his wife Diana met Zen Master Seung Sahn at a meditation retreat. They decided to create the Empty Gate Zen Center, and in the same year it was founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn. In 1978 a house was purchased on Arch Street in Berkeley, and Empty Gate Zen Center became a public, residential Zen Center. In 1979 Jeff Kitzes, the current Guiding Teacher, visited the Center for a meditation retreat and decided to stay. In 1997, they moved locations and have resided ever since at 2200 Parker Street in Berkeley. There are also 2 branches of the Center located in Santa Clara and Boise, Idaho.

Lineage and
Organization

Contact

emptygatezenviceabbot@emptygatezen.com+1 510 845 8565
2200 Parker St.
Berkeley
94704
United States

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