Encountering Spirituality Today


Empty Moon Zen is a network of Zen practitioners. We gather from across North America and from around the world, in several physical locations as well as online.

While we are profoundly rooted in the wisdom of Mahayana Buddhism as taught within the Zen traditions, we are also a wildly open community of practice. We include Unitarian Universalist, Jewish, Christian, pagan, atheist, and many other pilgrims of the heart as full companions on the intimate way.

Our community welcomes all regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or previous experience. We are committed to supporting all those seeking to cultivate authentic and rigorous spiritual practice in the Zen tradition.

Come explore the Great Way with us!

We are led by a group of experienced practitioners, both lay and ordained, and offer training opportunities drawing on our Soto heritage and the Harada-Yasutani koan curriculum.

We have practice opportunities every day of the week, both online and in-person.

If you are new to Zen and wondering where to start, or if you are an experienced practitioner looking to deepen your practice, there are a variety of resources here to support you.

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no trace continues endlessly.”

Eihei Dogen Zenji, founder of the Soto School