Our Zen Network

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Bright Sea participates in a wider Zen network of independent groups in New England. Our lineage roots are in the Japanese Soto tradition through Jiyu Kennett, Roshi, and the Soto reform Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum through John Tarrant, Roshi and James Ford, Roshi.

Our teachers offer guidance in breath practices, koan introspection, and subtle art of shikantaza, or just sitting.

Our mission is to cultivate Zen in the West through:

  • Establishing and supporting local sanghas
  • Training dharma teachers and practice leaders
  • Providing sesshin and other intensive training opportunities

Our ideals are based on the example and teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, guided by the Bodhisattva Precepts, and the teachings of the schools of Zen Buddhism. Our central value is to develop the realization of non-duality and its compassionate actualization.