Zen Circle: A community for ongoing practice, learning, and connection, on the path of meditation and mindfulness

Connecting with others is a special part of practicing Zen meditation and mindfulness. Our guiding teacher in London, Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner, says, “we become like the people we spend time with,” and the beloved non-duality teacher Ram Dass says, “We’re all just walking each other home.” So, it’s invaluable, fun, and meaningful to spend time in community, with those who are practicing as you are to discover life on deeper levels and allow it to transform from the inside out toward greater peace, connection, service, and freedom.

We created our “Zen Circle” to support you in traveling this path (or “entering the stream”!), in community with others.

Once you’ve learned your daily Zen meditation and mindfulness practice in one of our 8-week courses, please come join us here for ongoing experience. (You’re also welcome to come without prior Zen experience. Just email us at hello@enteringthestream.co, and we’ll coordinate your first visit.)

Our Zen Circle meets both…

Online, and in Washington, DC

…and we would be honored to meet you there.

The deep inner discovery, peace, clarity, freedom, and meaning cultivated for generations from within by Zen meditators are waiting for you, too, as you explore and develop your practice. Practicing together helps this reality grow deeper and stronger roots in you, and blossom fully and beautifully in each moment.

Read on, to see our practice schedule, and to sign up for membership.

Our practice schedule

We meet each week, to practice and connect — both online on Zoom (the free online conferencing app, available to download here), and twice a month in person at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, DC.

Tuesdays

Meditation Group Online — 8 am–9:15 am Eastern Time

Join us online on Zoom, for a weekly Zen meditation group. You can log in from wherever you are — at home, at your desk before work, outside in nature — anywhere that works for you. We begin the session with a short welcome and talk, followed by two 25-minute sitting meditation periods, with a break in between for walking meditation or other mindful movement practice. This is a powerful resource for grounding in your own space, deepening your personal practice by combining our meditation and mindfulness energies, and creating a sense of interconnected community.

Wednesdays (2nd and 4th of each month)

Meditation Group at the Washington National Cathedral — 7 pm–8:15 pm Eastern Time

Join us in person, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, for a meditation group in the beautiful meditation space at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, DC. We begin the session with a short welcome and talk, followed by two 25-minute sitting meditation periods, with a break in between for walking meditation or other mindful movement practice. Creating an ongoing space of presence, grounding, and awareness all together, especially in such a deep and inspiring setting, deepens our practice experience and discovery, and nourishes our lives on every level.

Thursdays

Office Hours Online — 1 pm–2 pm Eastern Time

Join me online on Zoom, for a weekly chance to have a one-to-one chat about any questions or practice experiences you’ve been having recently. This is an online drop-in session, and I’ll invite you into the Zoom meeting one person at a time. While you wait, you’re invited to practice your meditation. If we run out of time, you’ll be able to email me your question and hear back shortly.

 

Our Zen Circle is a community committed to inner practice, genuine living, and a peaceful world, and we’d love for you to join.

How to join

You can join Zen Circle by registering here as a member.

We offer both an Online Member option ($28/month), which includes all our online sessions on Zoom, available from wherever you are; and a DC-Area Member option ($42/month), which includes our online sessions, and also our in-person gatherings twice a month in the meditation space at the Washington National Cathedral.

You can cancel your membership anytime, and your first two weeks are completely free, so you can see how you like it with no stress.

(Please note that we offer full and partial scholarships to our Zen Circle.)

Once you join, you’ll receive a welcome email with the full details and instructions for attending our meetings, both online and at the Washington National Cathedral.

Follow the links below to register as a member:

Option 1: Online Member ($28/month)

This membership option includes all our online events, available from wherever you are. To register, please read our Student Agreement here, and agree to the terms below. Then follow the link to PayPal, to complete your subscription.

Option 2: DC-Area Member ($42/month)

This membership option includes our online program, and also our in-person meetings twice a month at the Washington National Cathedral. To register, please read our Student Agreement here, and agree to the terms below. Then follow the link to PayPal, to complete your subscription.

 

Your presence in our Zen Circle will make a huge difference, both to you, and to everyone else who’s traveling this path of inner peace, discovery, connection, and freedom.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at any time.

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” –Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh
“Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” –Rev. angel Kyodo williams
“We become like the people we spend time with, so […] if you can even find one or two friends to practice with you occasionally, you’ll benefit tremendously.” –Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner
“Mindfulness is about living your life as if it really mattered, moment by moment by moment.” –Jon Kabat-Zinn