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Magnolia Zen Center Guidelines

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General Policies, Resources and Rules

Visitors who are not registered in programs as guests may only have access to the public areas of the Zen center.
Visitors who are not registered in programs as guests may only have access to the public areas of the Zen center.

Environmental and Vegetarian Practices

In keeping with tradition wishes of the founder, Claude "AnShin" Thomas, we follow environmentally-friendly policies...
In keeping with tradition wishes of the founder, Claude “AnShin” Thomas, we follow environmentally-friendly policies…

Internet and Phone Service

Some of the public areas of the residential building have free wireless internet available for checking emails or...
Some of the public areas of the residential building have free wireless internet available for checking emails or…

Magnolia Zen Center Protocol

Magnolia Zen Center is a retreat center in the Zen Buddhist tradition. When you are in the zendo(meditation hall), you are in a space just like any other religious tradition. Please be mindful, quiet, and be respectful of practitioners in all areas of the Zen center. Take a moment to be aware of the following general protocol:

  • Remove shoes and leave them in the front entrance area before entering the main meditation hall or small practice rooms.
  • You may notice people performing gassho (a type of bow) upon entering the meditation hall; this is a part of their spiritual practice and a gesture of respect and devotion.
  • Dress appropriately when you visit Magnolia Zen Center: please wear a shirt and no short shorts.
  • Feel free to walk around all public areas quietly, including to the front of the meditation hall (if no teaching is in progress) to examine the ritual objects and architectural elements more closely. We appreciate that you will not touch or disturb objects on the shrine.
  • You are welcome to do your own meditation practice or simply sit in silence for as long as you wish during your visit; sit on the cushions on the floor provided or in the chairs along the sides of the rooms.
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