What is Zen?

Who are you? What are you?

In its simplicity, Zen meditation reflects life itself. Just breathe in and out. Open your eyes, your ears, and your heart. Let your mind rest. As your ideas fall away, each moment reveals itself fully.

However, words can never adequately describe the Zen path. Zen means: discover your life for yourself. To understand Zen, you must try it for yourself.

If you're new to Zen or our center, we invite you to join us for an Introduction to Zen.

If you're the type of person who likes to jump in with both feet, try one of our quick, weekly Guest Night orientations and then stay for our regular evening Group Meditation.

We also offer longer Introduction to Zen Workshops every few weeks that will give you more detailed information.

Either way, you'll learn the basics of Zen meditation and see how this simple, ancient practice can help you and those around you.

Please wear comfortable clothing such as T-shirts, loose-fitting long pants and socks. In cooler weather, you might also bring a sweater. Muted tones are preferred.

After you've attended an Introduction to Zen, we invite you to practice Zen with us at any of our regular Group Meditation practices. There is never a charge for regularly scheduled practice.

Our Community

Golden Wind Zen Center practices Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West.

We are a successor organization to Ocean Eyes Zen Center which was founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1992.

In 2005, Zen Master Ji Bong, our guiding teacher for 22 years, asked interested members of Ocean Eyes Zen Center to join him in making the ancient principles of Zen Buddhism available in new ways to American lay students.

Our warm-hearted community encourages dialogue and discovery of new ways to bring the gifts of Zen training to the widest possible audience.

Golden Wind Zen Center
3308 Lime Ave.
Signal Hill, CA 90755