An Introduction to Zen Meditation and Practice

An Introduction to Zen Practice and to One Heart Sangha is available at the start of each morning and evening sitting days, and all-day Saturday sittings. To help us prepare for your coming, please email us at  Please include your phone number.


The 30-minute teaching will focus on the heart of Zen practice: zazen, or sitting meditation, and will include instruction on posture, attention to the breath, and ways of dealing with thoughts. Instruction on kinhin (walking meditation) will also be given, as well as a preparation for sitting with the sangha (community). Those participating in the introduction will then join the sangha in sitting for the remainder of the session.

There are many postures for seated meditation, and we offer cushions, benches, and chairs. You can also see this short video on different sitting meditation postures.

Recommended Texts

Appreciate Your Life; and On Zen Practice, by Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Bernie Glassman

Healing Zen; Waking Up Together; and Selfless Love, by Roshi Ellen Birx

Nothing Special; and Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki

The Art of Just Sitting, edited by John Daido Loori

Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit, by Roshi Robert Kennedy

Bearing Witness, by Bernie Glassman


Women's Dharma Study and Practice Group

One Heart Sangha offers a Women's Dharma Study group, The Tea Ladies, on various Sundays from 4-6 p.m. in Rockville, MD using the book, The Hidden Lamp, Stories from Twenty-five Centuries of Awakened Women, by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. There is a sitting period, tea and discussion on koans and women ancestors, and exploring and opening our hearts to others in our world. Please contact Martine Palmiter at if interested. Zen women ancestors stories.


Zen Sitting Groups

Silver Spring Zendo is associated with these groups in the White Plum lineage:


White Plum Asanga - Silver Spring Zendo's Zen lineage in the tradition of Taizan Maezumi Roshi


Zen Peacemakers International - The Silver Spring Zendo is a member of the Zen Peacemakers International (ZP). The ZP is an association of groups founded by or led by seniors empowered by Bernie Glassman or groups who practice Zen and socially engaged Zen.


Sky Above Great Wind Zendo - Susan Kodo Efird, Tuesday sitting near Dupont metro at 6:45 p.m.

Zen Community of Baltimore/Clare Sangha - Affiliated Zen organization in the Greater Baltimore area.


Morning Star Zendo - Roshi Robert Kennedy's Zendo in Jersey City, NJ

Flowing River Zendo - Sensei Barbara Craig, near Scranton, PA

New River Zen Community- Roshis Charles and Ellen Birx, VA