Bone Of Space

      - Zen Poems by  Master Seung Sahn

A snowman Bodhidharma sweats and grows smaller.

The sound of his heartbeat shatters heaven and hell.

His eyebrows drop off, then his eyes and carrot nose.

A child cries, “Bodhidharma is dying!”


Kwan Um School of Zen Weekly Teaching Piece 

The Root of Suffering

When our situation is always smooth and with good feeling then we can grow complacent. Keeping an alert and awake mind, fresh with inquiry, isn’t always so easy then. When we find ourselves stuck, suffering, wishing things to be other than they are, then this difficult situation often has us looking for some way to resolve it. Questioning arises. And what a gift this is!


As we keep asking — going past the complaints and protests of how unfair life can be, seeing that we’re not completely satisfied by intellectual understanding — then we can address the root of suffering. We can address the questions that we all share as human beings:

What is this life and death business?

What is my job in this life?

What is suffering, and what is this that suffers?

What is this I?

What is other than I? 


By Nancy Hedgpeth JDPSN


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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