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August 11–September 1, 2024

 

Join the 21-Day Zen Challenge and gain the confidence of establishing a meditation practice that benefits you and all those around you. 

 

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21-Day Zen Challenge 
Resources: 

  • Pre-program commitment consultation
  • Group practice and coffee hour with program teachers
  • Multiple group practice livestreams 
  • Kong-an interviews
  • 1:1 consultations with teachers 
  • Daily teaching videos
  • Daily practice tracking and charts
  • Group accountability 
  • An easy-to-use, private online forum to connect with teachers and other practitioners
  • Discount on May online meditation retreat

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  • Opening & Closing livestream events
  • Group practice and coffee hour with program teachers
  • Group practice livestreams
  • Kong-an interviews
  • 1:1 consultation with teachers
  • Daily teaching videos
  • Daily practice charts
  • Group accountability
  • Private community forum
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Teachers:

Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) is the School Zen Master of the Kwan Um School of Zen. She received dharma transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn on October 10, 1992. She was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn's first American students and studied with him beginning in 1972. She was given inka in 1977. A registered nurse since 1969, she currently works in hospice care. She helped found Providence Zen Center, and lived there for seventeen years, serving in a number of administrative capacities. Zen Master Soeng Hyang has a daughter and lives with her partner, Mary, in California.

Andrzej Stec JDPSN

Andrzej Stec Ji Do Poep Sa Nim received a Masters of Architecture at the Gdansk Polytechnic University in his native Poland. He met the late Zen Master Seung Sahn at a dharma talk at his university and began practicing Zen in 1981. Thereafter, he became a Zen monk in Korea where he trained for thirteen years. He received inka (permission to teach) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1998 and has been teaching in Europe, Asia and the United States ever since. He also served as abbot of the Kwan Um School of Poland and at several Zen centers worldwide. He lives in Korea and is the guiding teacher of the Kwan Um Seoul Zen Group and the Kwan Um Daejeon Zen Group.

Rebecca Otte JDPSN

Rebecca Otte JDPSN began studying Zen at the Kansas Zen Center in 1995. She co-founded Prairyerth Zen Center in 1997 and is currently the abbott. She began studying with Zen Master Ji Haeng in 2013 and took Bodhisattva precepts in 2015. She received inka in December of 2020. She was a nurse-midwife, retiring in 2017. She has two sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. She lives with her husband and two cats in Topeka, Kansas.

Tim Colohan JDPSN

Tim Colohan JDPSN practices at Dharma Zen Center in Los Angeles, CA. He started training with Zen Master Seung Sahn at Dharma Zen Center in 1985 and sat a number of long retreats. In April of 2022 he received inka from Zen Master Soeng Hyang at the Providence Zen Center. He is involved with various multifaith groups in the greater Los Angeles area. Tim currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband Bernie, enjoying his kids, their grandchildren and retirement.

Jan Sendzimir JDPSN

Jan Sendzimir JDPSN has practiced Zen since he met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1974 and moved into the Providence Zen Center. He did Kyol Che at Sudoksa Temple in South Korea in 1976. He continued to practice in the United States over the next twenty years, while completing a doctorate in ecology and raising two daughters in Florida and Austria. In 2010, he returned to intense practice in Europe, South Korea, and North America. Since 2013 he has lived and practiced with his life partner, Zen Master Hyon Ja, as abbot of the Vienna Zen Center.

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Testimonials

"What an experience! 21DZC helped me to examine and expand my practice in so many ways. It helped me set practical additional practice challenges that gave me daily focal points to reflect on my formal practice. Having access to the platform that allowed me to try out different options to join live stream meditation groups, dharma talks and kong-an interviews was perfect for me as I don't have any Zen center near me. I was surprised how online sangha like this can create a sense of community and enjoyed being a part of such kind and loving sangha. This was very inspirational. The daily teachings that were bite sized yet filled with profound wisdom, the kong-an interviews... which I was afraid of ... they were all such a nourishing experience that is hard to describe with words. I'm very grateful for the together action!"—Yumi H

"It was a wonderful way to re-evaluate current practice and make changes to create best effort habits. Wonderful support from teachers and fellow online students. The daily teachings were just what I needed when I needed them!"—Liz

"It helped me to truly believe in myself. Having the group at my back like the wind carried me to the finish line. I can’t wait for the next one!"—Mike

"It was an amazingly rich and uplifting experience. It brought home the benefit of sangha that all the teachers have been talking about for so many years but I didn't truly get until now. Also the videos, dharma talks and teacher interviews were phenomenal, each had a message of hope, clarity and encouragement; each was 'the carrot' that helped me push through familiar, habitual obstacles and struggles I have encountered in my practice for years. I feel most grateful."—Ruth

 

"As a newcomer to your community, I want to thank you all for your kindness and support. I often felt that all of us were doing this for the first time—as if we were all beginners—and I think that speaks to your generosity and modesty. These 21 days have coincided with an emotional moment in my life, which feels like something inside me is being unlocked, and a part of my true self revealed. I hope that my new commitment to practice, with you, and the conversations it has triggered, have all helped to make this ‘unlocking’ happen. I’m already looking forward to day 22: it’s day one. Thanks and love to you all."—Jonathan H.

"What a refreshing experience the 21-Day Zen Challenge was!  By bringing just a little more  structure and variety to my practice, I feel entirely rejuvenated and committed to a much more dedicated practice."—Joe

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