Welcome! Entering the Stream is a teaching organization 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 lineage of Rinzai Zen from the mountains of central Japan, first introduced in the West by Zenways, our parent group in central London. We also incorporate modern research in compassion, trauma healing, neuroscience, social justice, and feminine wisdom.
Developed over thousands of years, our techniques cultivate grounding, insight, and compassion, unlocking your 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 clear away your suffering and strain at the roots, day by day, and free 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 freedom 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!