Eden Ahbez:

The greatest thing
you'll ever learn
is just to love
and be loved in return



Kwan Um School Teaching Piece: 

Pure Love

I's so hard to accept that our teacher is gone, while not so long ago we were sitting, chanting, eating and laughing together.But to tell you the truth, I am not really worried about him, because he has already entered nirvana. I am concerned about our sangha, about our staying together, keeping together, helping one another, loving one another. That is exactly what our beloved teacher did for so many years: he took care of us—in the spirit of being very tolerant and very open, not rejecting anybody. And I really hope we will continue this way. On behalf of the European sangha—the whole sangha—I really would like to thank our teacher so much for all those years, for this straightforward, straight-to-the-point teaching, for his wisdom and compassion. On one side, this last teaching that he gave us is very, very sad. But on the other side, the fact of being here together in this profound moment is an uplifting experience. In this kind of moment there is no life; there is no death; there is no coming; there is no going; there is just pure love. Thank you.


About the Kwan Um School: Seung Sahn & The Kwan Um School of Zen: A brief introduction  

About DVZC

Founded in 1999, Delaware Valley Zen Center (DVZC) offers to the community an environment for Zen practice. Our weekly practice includes chanting, sitting meditation and walking meditation. DVZC is one of more than sixty centers and groups worldwide affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen, an international organization founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn.

Our guiding teacher is José Ramírez, JDPSN, who received Inka in April 2009.

 The Delaware Valley Zen Center (DVZC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit religious corporation of the State of Delaware. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. DVZC is supported, administered and maintained by its members.



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Practice Schedule

Practice is held every Thursday evening at the New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St, Newark, DE 19711.


Practice begins at 7:00pm with a short orientation for beginners, followed by chanting. We then have two 25 minute periods of sitting meditation with a 10 minute period of walking meditation in between.

Beginners are encouraged to attend the free Meditation Instruction session offered the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm

There is no fee to attend our practice, you do not have to be a member.


Monkey Mind Zen,

is a new DVZC satellite.

The group meets in Philadelphia.

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