Zen practice means sharing this world with the sun, animals, trees, and all of life. If your practice is correct, you become harmonious with the rest of the universe.

—Zen Master Seung Sahn


Local Zen centers offer many ongoing programs to support your practice. From meditation instruction and regular practice, to retreats, talks and workshops. Contact your local Zen center for a complete list of programs.

The Kwan Um School|Americas comes together four times annually at the Providence Zen Center for programs that support the entire sangha. These include:

Sangha weekends, We come together at Providence Zen Center as a sangha to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday in the spring, Founder’s Day in early August, and Buddha’s Enlightenment in December. These weekends offer ceremonies, workshops and community meetings, and are a great opportunity to meet other Zen practitioners, and spend time with teachers and friends.

Kyol Che retreats are periods of intensive meditation practice, ranging from one week to three months in length. These retreats offer a precious opportunity to look deeply into your life. These summer and winter retreats occur at Diamond Hill Zen Monastery in Rhode Island, as well as at locations in Europe, Korea, and Hong Kong.

Dharma teacher retreats provide a way for senior practitioners to learn from one another and have close interactions with teachers. These are held in the autumn at Providence Zen Center in Rhode Island.

Regional sangha gatherings take place periodically for our midwest centers and our west coast centers at different locations. The most recent such gathering was the Midwest Regional Sangha Retreat in April 2019 hosted by our Kansas Zen Centers (Prairyerth Zen Center (Topeka), Kansas Zen Center (Lawrence) and Tallgrass Zen Center (Manhattan).

For a complete listing of events, please visit our Event Calendar: 2019-2023