Welcome! Entering the Stream is a teaching space and community for compassion-based Zen meditation and mindfulness in the modern world, in Washington, DC, and online everywhere. Our practices are grounded in a dynamic and remarkable Rinzai Zen lineage from central Japan, introduced in the West by Zenways, our parent group in central London. We also incorporate modern research in compassion, trauma healing, and neuroscience.
Refined over thousands of years, our techniques cultivate deep inner peace, clarity, balance, vitality, embodiment, and genuine relationship to reality, right in the midst of modern life. Starting a daily Zen practice will dissolve your suffering and strain at the roots, day by day, and enable you to rest into the joy and flow of who you really are, from the inside out.
Our teacher and founder is Mary Hartley Platt (PhD, Oxford University), who has explored and experienced firsthand (and continues every day) the inner discovery, healing, transformation, and embodied alignment that Zen practice creates.
For generations, the results have been simple, guaranteed, and yet extraordinary.
It’s easy to learn and get started.
Come discover it!